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Orange City (Orange City, #1)

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Imagine a secret, hidden city that gives a second chance at life for those selected to come: felons, deformed outcasts, those on the fringe of the Outside World. Everyone gets a job, a place to live; but you are bound to the city forever. You can never leave.

Its citizens are ruled by a monstrous figure called the "Man" who resembles a giant demented spider from the lifeli
Paperback, 308 pages
Expected publication: March 16th 2021 by Atmosphere Press
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Like Orange soda, "Orange City" is something completely different. Move over Orwell. Move over Clockwork Orange. Move over Truman Show. Move over Timothy Leary. Orange city is the dystopian future where perhaps you get what you bargained for. Spend the rest of your life behind bars or in a purgatory on your way to paradise -- just doing a few odd jobs for the Man, who lives up in the Eye tower and wants his pilgrims guided to his secret island city. And on the way to paradise all it will cost is ...more
Iseult Murphy
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
A nightmarish cross between 1984 and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
In a future United States, Graham is offered a second chance by going to the mysterious city, run by the grotesque and monsterous The Man. Graham accepts the offer but finds he’s exchanged one prison for another.
I loved the use of colours to control Graham, and the atmosphere of paranoia that surrounded his life in the city.
I found Orange City an absorbing, enjoyable nightmare.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest
Jean-Charles Garaud
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Orange City by Lee Matthew Goldberg
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
It was my first attempt at a novel from Lee M. Goldberg, who has here been drawing a dark totalitarian world.
The story describes a world split between The City, an hidden town led by The Man, an all knowing and seeing dictator, which is the home of exiled outcasts. For reasons only discovered at the end of the book “E”, a scout, sent by the Man (against the promise of a better
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Received as a review copy, this is an honest review. This gripping and haunting dystopian story a hidden city where criminals are chosen to get another shot at living in the City. The cost of receiving this freedom is high under the ruling eye of the mysterious and dangerous The Man. For Graham Weatherend, working put the life back into Pow! soda finds himself addicted to the powerfully flavored drink, that he becomes increasingly mentally troubled by the drink's affects but what he truly sees a ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
A dystopian future after the War to End All Wars. Reminiscent of Huxley and Orwell. Emotional addiction, the conflict between capitalism and authentic humanity, autocracy and freedom. And POW! soda. #netgalley #orangecity
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wildly imaginative! Great, multi-faceted characters. Very unique plot. Vivid descriptions. A solid, interesting read!

*I received a complimentary ARC of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
Justin Bowers
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
** This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review **

It’s been a wee bit since I delved in the world of urban dystopian fare, but Orange City delivers it in spades. Imagine Man in the High Tower (with a Stalin slant) mixed with Terry Gilliam’s Brazil and Max Barry’s Syrup . That’s pretty much what Mr. Goldberg deftly delivers in Orange City .

The basic premise of the book is that there is a huge secret city ruled by “The Man,” a seemingly monstrous
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Lee Matthew Goldberg delivers great suspense and mystery in this new Sci-Fi thriller Orange City. Set in a dystopian future on an island ran by a mysterious multi-armed individual known only as "The Man". The island is mainly composed of those who have done wrong or committed crimes in the "Other-World" (or all life outside of their city island state). The Man sends his scouts to take them in after making them sign a contract to avoid years to sometimes life in prison.

Graham, our main character
Giana Leiva
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
A pretty good dystopian novel. The concept is interesting and different. It’s a city in the middle of nowhere controlled by a sufficiently gross and creepy villain; he watches everyone all the time. People always feel like they’ve gotten into some exclusive club when they first arrive, but they gradually become disillusioned and the reality that they will never be allowed to leave really sets in. The protagonist, Graham, is chosen as the guinea pig for a new soda. The soda is used very creativel ...more
Jason Kenny
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
We are told in the blurb to expect a mash up of Lost and 1984 but I’d go further, I’d bring in more contemporary comparisons such as Jeff Noons Vurt, William S Burroughs naked lunch (less contemporary but more apt I’d say) and the TV series The prisoner.

The author builds a dystopian world that is all to easy to believe, in this era of Trump and the pandemic it could be said that we are living in a dystopian future already and in Orange City we find a world we can recognise or at least recognise
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A weird, trippy cautionary tale about where technology will lead us. So good.
Lee Goldberg
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"In his compelling novel, ORANGE CITY, novelist LEE MATTHEW GOLDBERG, has crafted a unique dystopian thriller that manages to reveal our greatest fears about emerging technology and our anxieties at what the future holds." - Raymond A. Villareal, Author of The People's History of the Vampire Uprising. ...more
Pippa Reads Manga
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
Orange City has all the subtlety of a thirteen-year-old boy. As the premise suggests, you won’t find good people in this story. The City wasn’t made for good inhabitants. Unfortunately, though the characters were left with are bad in the most generic and dull ways.
In Part I, we are introduced to E who is one of the biggest losers I’ve had to read about in a while. He’s absolutely spineless at best, unwilling to take responsibility for any of his actions, and a complete narcissist at worst. Whi
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for giving me an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

This dystopian fiction has a really interesting concept - a secret city run by 'The Man' who controls everything, sees everything etc. The idea is interesting, particularly the idea with the limbs (keeping it spoiler free), but the ending was a bit flat. I felt it was escalating and then suddenly it finished. I know there's a sequel but I just didn't feel satisfied.

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Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE ANCESTOR, THE MENTOR, THE DESIRE CARD and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the Prix du Polar. His first YA series RUNAWAY TRAIN is forthcoming in 2021 along with a sci-fi novel ORANGE CITY. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Lit

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