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The Gathering

(The Uprising #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  24 reviews
The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved.

In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinau
Paperback, 148 pages
Published March 31st 2018 (first published March 26th 2018)
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Susan Hampson
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a new series set in an a futuristic New York. I love it when an author has the courage to go the whole hog, no holds barred, and change everything not just tweak it, quite a gamble but one that is done to perfection!
The city is now controlled, yes controlled not run, by a tyrant of an Emperor. Oh my is he a piece of work. He makes no excuse for his own selfishness. He comes first before his family and the city but enough is enough, the people really want him gone. The t
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The Gathering is the the first book in the Uprising series. It is a new Dystopian series set way in the future of New York City. Rock N’ Roll plays a huge part and takes center stage and reminds me of the times back in the 80’s when Glam Metal was the “it” music..bands such as Guns N Roses, AC/DC and the like. This was a time were drugs and debauchery ran rampant in the city.

James Randall Ryan IV, also known as Jamie to his friends, was a glam rock god during the time when Rock N’ Roll music was
Erica Mae Campos
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Language, Violence, Sexual Scenes

Review originally published at my blog: https://livingahundredlives.wordpress...

The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo is a dystopian read set in futuristic New York. It’s unlike everything I’ve ever read before (it seems like I’ve been trying a lot of new things this month). I really didn’t know what to expect from this book but I really am so glad I gave it a try.

The book is a masterpiece. It brought science fiction, action, a little romance a
Cheryl Whitty
THE GATHERING by Bernadette Giacomazzo is a great book and as book one in a series it builds this future dystopian New York with this gutsy and unique book filled with danger and brimming with energy. In this future, New York it’s a dictatorship and ruled by an Emperor who terrorising the people with The Cabal.
The Cabal use psi energy and can turn into a zombie or a biddable puppet, and that's how anyone not obeying the rules is treated.
This is great series I can’t wait for the next book, this s
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
**RATING 3.5**

THE GATHERING by Bernadette Giacomazzo is a gutsy and unique novel filled with danger and brimming with energy.

Three fighters from different backgrounds and walks of life find themselves at the front of the freedom movement in the hopes of restoring New York City to its former glory before the days of the dictatorship of the Emperor and his terrorising Cabal. But danger lurks around every corner with most of the citizens terrified to make a wrong move. But they will not give up bec
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This comes with several trigger warnings, including graphic language and offensive slurs, a non-explicit rape scene, and violence.

Other than that, I was fascinated by the plot and the world- drew me in almost instantly. The pacing was also very nice and I read through this very quickly. I really loved the diversity and I also found a couple of characters I love! Looking forward to the second book of this series, it's very promising.

I have a few complaints about the romance and the language t
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a very good surprise to me. I never try to know what to expect from books but I love when I have sweet surprises. This book was exciting. A vainglorious Emperor has taken over. I was impressed by the characters and the world. I don't normally like very many futuristic books but this one was fun to read. *This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.* ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
I haven't read that many dystopian fiction books (two or three books I think), so I grab the opportunity to read this book and open up more my book experience. Although my expectation on a dystopian book didn't really exist, since I just wanted to experience a genre I haven't read much, I quite enjoyed "The Gathering".

This book is the first one in the series, and it gave us the foundation of the world and the characters. It doesn't give us all the answers, but it sets the pace and the tone for t
Donna Maguire

This is a gritty novel that has a fascinating plot! The book is set at a great pace and I flew through the story and I was gripped with what was happening and trying to guess the ending. It is a great start to the new series and one I will be watching.

A great book for fans of dystopian novels and/or science fiction. Just a heads up, this book won't be for everyone as it does cover some tough subjects and could have trigger points but I enjoyed it and have
KarenJo Custodio
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very interesting read. Full review to come.

3.5-3.75 -  Dark and Terrifyingly Enthralling Dystopian Tale 

I don’t know where to begin with this review. The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo was a fantastic read, but I went through a love/hate feeling with the story. There were some hit on the spot moments that I enjoyed and I think the overall message is important, but I just felt so distressed.

The beginning was kind of a mess and I didn’t really know what was going on. I actually had to go bac
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me a little bit to get into this book because we are thrown right in. Head first. We learn the back-story as the book progresses but there isn’t a part at the beginning that explains what’s going on. That being said as soon as I got about 2 chapters in I couldn’t put the book down. Bernadette Giacomazzo took the story that’s currently happening in our world and gave it steroids. It’s scary how accurate this book is to what’s happening right now but she uses different analogies and differ ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Check out the review I did for the blog tour for the release of The Gathering. You can also enter a giveaway to win 1 of 10 copies of the book on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book

Let me preface this review with a disclaimer:
If you are easily offended by cursing, this is probably not the book for you. F-bombs go off all throughout this book.

James Ryan AKA Jamie (NOT jimmy) AKA Ivan Sapphire, "glam rock god, sex symbol, pussy connoisseur, Dionysys in leather pants, Jesus Christ in sunglasses,
Damien Black
4 Stars: Glam Dystopian

I feel a certain rightness when I read dystopian novels maybe it's a mirror of my feelings about the current state of things, I see the pending doom, mainly because I am an avid reader of news that matter topics that most people in your circle don't care to discuss. Or dystopian themes reflects my theory that suffering must come before the good times. The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo is a dystopian story set in futuristic New York and first of its series and frankly
Caitlin Audet
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

A colorful past with a dangerous future, Bernadette Giacomazzo brings her own dystopian society with The Gathering, book one of The Uprising series. I can count on one hand the number of books I read in this genre but what I find most fascinating is how easily something like this can eventually happen. I'm glad this review opportunity came up since this brought me something I wouldn't normally pick and it's fun to shake things up once in a whil
Jessica Belmont
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first novel in a series, and I'm really enjoying the futursitic New York setting. The culture is different, and there are even plays on words that while recognizable, make this futuristic setting believable. I loved how gritty and in your face this novel was.

Forewarning, there is quite a bit of graphic language and some tough subject matter. I didn't find it offensive or unnecessary. It made sense with the futuristic setting that the author is portraying, and I almost would have thou
Jessica Bronder
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The world has moved on and not necessarily in a good way. This is New York City in the future, ruled by the Emperor has taken control and has outlawed music, the arts, free will, and so much more. He has cowed the people down and those that violate the rules meet with a bad end with his Cabal, military force. But twenty years of this is too much and a group is starting an Uprising and plan to take the Emperor down.

The story is about Jamie Ryan. He is a former rocker that was part of the Cabal an
Angela Cramer
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Feathers

The Gathering is the first book in The Uprising Series. I love dystopian stories and just had to read this book. Typically in a book from this genre there has been some sort of apocalyptic event to change the coarse of our economy, government and way of communication. This book has an interesting twist on the theme.

If you like rock-n-roll, you'll love the hero of this book. Jaime Ryan, is a former rock god of his own making and he's out for vengeance, or is he? Can a ghost lead a rev
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian, ya
This book was a pleasure to read from the very beginning. I enjoyed the character development of the characters in the book and how you got to know their personalities individually and as a group. The book dives into their past and their present to help you understand what makes them who they are today.

The story has a few twists and turns that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as you read what happens next. I was guessing as I was reading along what was going to happen next or how i
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a huge fan of dystopian stories, I couldn't wait to get stuck into this book. It did not disappoint. It was a fast-paced, exciting read, in which the correlation with the modern, political world was humorous and scary in equal parts. I found myself laughing at the absurdity of the Emperor's actions and the world he had created around him, only then to realise this was all a little too close for comfort. This was an addictive read. The story grabbed my attention from the start and held me rapt ...more
Kim Owens
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I will preface my review with the fact that I am not a huge fan of dystopian literature; however, I am trying to read outside of my comfort zone.
The Gathering was very difficult for me to get into. I didn’t care much for the author’s writing style. That being said, the story intrigued me. The editing and proof-reading was virtually non-existent, but that is to be expected in a review copy, I guess.
I don’t like leaving negative reviews; however, this is just one book I would have a difficult ti
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Review coming soon.
Alfred Nobile
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review to follow on blog tour.
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Three freedom fighters from three different walks of life come together to try and overthrow the Emperor and his way of life. The leader of the country is no longer elected as an Emperor rule for life.

When the Emperor came to be the leader he made up his own rules and how things were to be done. He puts himself above everyone else including his own family.

No rules are to be broken and if they are then that person is severely punished as the Emperor sees fit as there are neither jails nor lawye
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