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What unforgivable sin would you commit to save the world?

In 2161, the first chimera arose. A year later, twelve billion people were dead. The few who survived called it the Reckoning.

Generations later, their descendants hide within the walls of small, rustic villages, cowering from chimeras. They revere tradition. They fear innovation. They mistrust anything that’s differe
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Kindle Edition, 552 pages
Published June 14th 2019 by Humble Quill LLC
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Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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90 points, 4 stars!
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The Nothing Within is not my usual type of story. I just plain don't typically go for dystopia. It just isn't a genre I typically enjoy too much. However, when I do find one I can like, I tend to love it. This was one such book. I loved The Nothing Within for all the things it did that others won't, or can't, do.

Come to think of it, I don't t
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Nspande
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was a beta reader for "The Nothing Within", and I must confess that when I volunteered to read it, I was intrigued by the concept (Amish post-apocalyptic) but a bit apprehensive about the possibility of not liking it. But my curiosity won out over my apprehension, and I volunteered. I don't regret it for a moment.

The story takes place in different time periods. There is a plot thread that starts essentially with the cataclysmic event, and traces the immediate aftermath. There is another thread
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Hannah
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come - First thoughts: Loved the way it wrapped up and the whole mystery came together. Very skillfully woven and given to the reader bit by bit. Still amazed by the amount of writing brilliance it had to have to answer every question I had, but not in an obvious way. But the language tripped me up until I had read for awhile, and I wish it hadn't have been so distracting at times.
Boris Slocum
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like this story quite a lot. It is written in a long-winded and freewheeling style that usually I find abhorrent. Somehow, that same narrative style is part of the charm of the story. The backbone of the narrative is presented in the voice of a young woman from a far distant future, relating her tale in the first person. It switches occasionally to the third person, where other voices work as a sort of chorus. (I find that particular point disconcerting, but it didn't detract terribly from the ...more
Jana Tenbrook (Reviews from the Stacks)
3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 because Goodreads doesn't do halves.

I knew from the beginning that this would be a difficult review to write. The Nothing Within constantly defied my expectations while I read it, shifting the story from one understanding to another, only to destroy that understanding a few chapters later - it's almost like the story itself is a chimera. But is it one that destroys, or heals?

This is a wonderfully crafted book. Some of the central characters are called Weavers, and like
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Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. That was incredible. A post-apocalyptic tale set in an Amish community following Root, a young woman forging her own path in the world.
It has been left open for a sequel. Can't wait!
Bridget Soucy
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars needs to be an option!

This started out strange for me, meaning the flipping back and forward (thus the 4 stars), but once I got into the whole story, which doesn't take long, this was a great read. One thing I took from this book of after the Reckoning, never forget the basics. The end left me for what I hope is book 2.
Elaine
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Nothing Within is certainly a page turning. Both in that it is a gripping read and that there are 32 titles pages.

I prefer shorter reads, 300 pages or so is what I generally pick up. This being over 500 pages was a bit off-putting for me, but it is a quick and easy read. It is enjoyable and well put together. Narration wise, it was not what I was expecting… and at times I did not enjoy, but I did receive an uncorrected proof which may have pending edits.

I enjoyed Andy Giesler writing style
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Brandon
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are both things I like, and things I dislike about this book. More like than dislike though.

As a general rule I don't do a synopsis as they are typically covered much better by others so I will stick to my impressions. First, the opening of the book was pretty engaging, and got me interested in figuring out exactly what was going on without revealing too much. The tale is split primarily into 3 timelines; present, recent past, and distant past all interspersed within each other alternating
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When I was little, I fell in love with science fiction. (Andre Norton and Isaac Asimov: thank you, wherever you are.) In high school, I fell in love with fantasy. (J.R.R. Tolkien: thank you; even though you were a human, I hope you're in Valinor.)

In college, majoring in computer science made me love science fiction even more, and majoring in philosophy made me love reading a curious assortment of
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