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Killer Domes and the Chosen One

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  24 reviews
As the old world burned, the elite departed to colonise space in search of a new home. Most of the human species perished on earth's surface, but a protected few remained. Many generations passed without question, but now suspicions are starting to rise.

Follow the story of Maz and her best friend Hap, as a chance encounter with a stranger lures them into a mission to
Paperback, 138 pages
Published July 6th 2019 by Independently Published (first published July 5th 2019)
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Vaishali • [Vicarious Living]

Rating: 3.7 stars

“Giant ant robots?” Bel cried. “Killer domes? The chosen one?”

‘Killer Domes and the Chosen One’ is exactly what you’d think this book is about - killer domes and a chose one!

‘Killer Domes and the Chosen One’ by Gibbo Gibbs is a futuristic, dystopian YA fantasy with a quick passing pace that leaves room for no lagging and no nonsense. Super intelligent Maz is the main lead in this story with her half-witted best friend Hap who companions her in an unanticipated but
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an enjoyable little novella this turned out to be. Quick and easy to read, it appeals to both Adult and Young Adult audiences alike.

Leaving the safety of their dome, young female protagonist Maz and male sidekick Hap encounter a plethora of dangerous situations and killer robots in their quest to steer the fate of humanity in an entirely new direction.

Anyone who knows me (or reads my reviews) will tell you I'm not a massive Science Fiction or Dystopian fan but occasionally like to dip my
Khyati Gautam
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
It is a dystopian novella set amidst ash-bots, domes, existence, and humankind. The book kickstarts with showing a warm friendship between its protagonist Maz and her best friend Hap. Their verbal exchanges amused me. And then they set on an adventurous journey to save humanity. In their exploration, they come across Mitch, the chosen one, and together they embark on a mission. What an exhilarating ride!

With no beating around the bush, the author has successfully built a narrative that is
Taylor (TaysInfiniteThougts)
The world has perished greatly, the Elite have left to colonize in space, leaving only a few to live in the domes set to keep them safe from the outside world. But once Maz and Hap meet Mitch, suspicions start to rise, and Maz, Hap, and Mitch must save humanity.

This was an interesting story, different from other dystopian novels I have read. It was also a quick and easy read. The story was exciting and fast paced, I never felt like the story was ever lagging. There’s several twists that after
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This dystopian novel follows intelligent Maz and her best friend Hap on a long awaited adventure outside the dome that they live in and have never left before. Maz is bored of the routine of her life inside the dome and when they meet Mitch who needs help saving the people from his own dome, the teens jump at the chance to help and to find the truth about what the Elite are hiding from everyone. Mitch can sometimes be an unlikeable character due to his temper and impatience but his robot friend ...more
Kathleen Triest
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book is a real pageturner. I always wondered what would happen next. The story never disappointed. It's about Maz and her best friend Hap. They live in a dome together with robots and other citizens, where life is structured and organized. Until they meet someone who turns their whole world upside down. I recommend it to all sci-fi lovers and if you want to read a unique story about a dystopian world.
Julie (HufflepuffGirl90)
Great debut novella for Gibbo Gibbs! This dystopian world is very interesting and I cannot wait to read more!

Full review at:
Roz Iqbal
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an amazing read. One of the most exciting books I have ever come to read. The Sci-fi never captures my attention ever but this book really took me inn. I love the way how Author took the story to an amazing level of interest. I would definitely recommend this book.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait for more!

As a fan of dystopian fiction, I was not disappointed in this novella! Unlike many books in this genre, the scene opens in a world far removed from the point of apocalypse. There is a picture of a utopian like society where life is simple and blissful... Or is it? Secrets are soon revealed that take the reader on a wild ride to discover exactly what's going on beneath the domes. Definitely a great read by this new author! I can't wait to read more!
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Maz is a brilliant designer and clearly meant for more. She yearns for more beyond what her dome has to offer. While meeting with her best friend Hap in a seldom used garden, she’s given the opportunity of a lifetime to see what lies beyond the dome. Mitch is determined to save the people of his own dome, who are slowly being held hostage while their dome leader seems to be going mad. But Mitch needs help, which comes in the form of Maz and Hap as they can seek the information Mitch needs to ...more
Barbara Williams
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good dystopian fantasy
Melinda Hyde
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I usually don't read books like Killer Domes and the Chosen One, but I gave it a shot, and I am not sorry. It was fun and exciting, from beginning to end. I loved the characters and the humor throughout the book. I also felt it was very original, which made it that much more intriguing.
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Killer Domes and the Chosen One by Gibbo Gibbs is an excellent dystopian tale. It is also a quick read.
Will the Chosen One prevail?
Maz is our point of view character. How to describe her? Maz is highly intelligent, bossy, bald, and good at created virtual worlds. OK, the bald part isn't nice but is accurate as all the dome dwellers are bald. It seems to
Ephemera Pie
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can also find this on my blog!

Humanity now exists in a dome utopia -- they are fed, clothed, and given creative projects in a program called Canvas. Maz, a girl of intellect and curiosity, and her best friend Hap, happen upon an opportunity to learn about the truth of the domes. Maz chooses to learn more, and Hap reluctantly follows.


This is quick and rewarding, which I like in novellas. Even the "quieter" moments aren't boring. Aside from the clean, orderly domes, there are robots,
Zoe L.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read the review on my blog:

As soon as I read the back of this novella I knew it was for me. I mean, who can deny a blurb that yells at you for reading the blurb! I want to first off let you all know that the manuscript was recently read over and edited by an editor, so it’s nice and polished!

As soon as you start this book you can tell it’s going to be a fun, slightly wild, and probably crazy ride! This book was exactly what I needed right now. It was
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The book is a dystopian novella set in times when humans after the devastation on earth went to colonise space but a few of the non-elite were abandoned on earth to succumb and vanish soon. Some of the lucky ones lived and were inhabiting in their respective domes without any clue of the presence of several others just like theirs. One of the domes is carrying out questionable missions which are life-threatening for the dwellers. Mitch, is 'The Chosen One' & is on a task to save lives from ...more
Gordon Long
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
An individualistic writing style is achieved through variations from the norm. In other words, it is created through the rules the writer breaks. However, if the writer breaks too many rules, the reader begins to wonder whether this is stylistic intention or a lack of writing experience.

With this book, it’s hard to tell. The title and the author’s name indicate that the style will be off the beaten path. The post-apocalyptic setting provides a canvas for any sort of art the writer chooses, and
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Killer Domes and the Chosen One is not your typical start to a sci-fi adventure. In this world the Elites have left behind some people on earth, but left them within domes to protect them from the world as it burned. We primarily follow Maz, who prides herself on excelling and gaining status in the dome.

The world building itself as well as the descriptions of how things worked within the dome provided for a very
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up. This was a fun read! Set sometime in the future, a young designer named Maz lives inside a dome along with a community of people after the Earth is left in ruins. She's best friends with Hap but she is dying to know what exists outside the dome. When she meets a man named Mitch, she has the chance to venture out of her comfort zone and be part of something bigger.

The book has familiar science-fiction tropes but still provides something fresh in the design of the robots and the
Alana Bloom
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Science Fiction, YA Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Gibbs has created a colorful, if at times confusing, dystopian set in a post-apocalyptic setting. I appreciated that the author does just enough world-building to keep readers from being completely lost in this new world but we don’t get bombarded with insane amounts of detail. Instead, readers are treated to an interesting POV from Maz who thinks she is the hottest thing since sliced bread. Maz’s elitism stops just short of grating, thankfully, but honestly, my favorite character was Hap. His ...more
Justine Barr
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Killer Dimes and the Chosen Ones is a short dystopian mystery with many likable characters, an interesting plot, and a satisfying conclusion. The main character was hard for me to connect with since she’s very brash, sometimes mean, and very self centered. However, secondary characters (like the main’s best friend) gave me people to “root” for. I also found myself “lost” at times; the story seemed to be missing key pieces of information (which may be due to its short length). However, I really ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great ya. The characters all felt real and the story flowed very well. It was a very short story but it felt way longer (in a good way!). The world building worked out very well and the editing was done fabulously. I read the other version of this one and then the updated one and I have to say that I think the author did a great job with getting this edited. This one read so much better. If you are looking for a new dystopian story then check this one out!
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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Full review here on my blog!
Rating: 3.5/5

Thanks to Gibbo Gibbs for a digital copy of the novella in exchange for an honest review!
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who enjoy light YA fantasy, this is a nice book to pick up. I felt the book concluded very nicely and one of the characters, Mitch, seemed to be one of those volatile characters - I would have liked if there'd been a bit more background on him, since he seemed like quite a fascinating character even though he could border on unlikable at times.
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Gibbo Gibbs is an author from the UK who lives a mostly nomadic life, spending his time writing and volunteering at animal charities. He plans to publish a range of science-fiction and fantasy stories, and then expand into games in the future.