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Song of Edmon

(Fracture World #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,494 ratings  ·  210 reviews
In Adam Burch’s thrilling series debut, a young man must choose between violence and peace in a distant world divided between those who thrive in endless sunlight and those who survive in eternal darkness.

The isolated planet of Tao is a house divided: the peaceful Daysiders live in harmony while the pale Nightsiders pursue power and racial purity through the violent ritual
Paperback, 444 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by 47North
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Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
You know how sometimes you read a book and from the very first few pages you fall in love and can't really say why? And every time you pick it up something magical happens? That was this book for me.

It took me almost 300 pages to realise there are parallels to The Count of Monte Cristo and only then did it hit me that Edmon Leontes, the main characters name, is pretty damn close to Edmond Dantès. And you know what? That discovery made me giddy, because damn do I love The Count of Monte Cristo. (
Firstly, a WARNING. This book contains:
- graphic descriptions of violence
- rape
- implied sexual activity between a child and an adolescent
- non-consensual surgery
- brainwashing
- the Magical Negro trope
- fridging
- antiziganist stereotypes
- possible Evil Gay(s)
- eugenics

If you can get past all that, though... it's actually pretty good? Sort of a cross between Ender's Game and The Hunger Games, with solid worldbuilding and a compelling story. I just wish it didn't lean so heavily on the same old tr
Paula W
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, but I'm going to round up because it was so engaging and addictive.

Basically this is a mash up of The Count of Monte Cristo (the lead character is even named Edmon Leontes), The Matrix, a music theory class, The Hunger Games, and is set in a weird future on the planet of Tao. Take all that in for a minute.

Okay, got it? It also has extreme violence, rape, graphic murder, eugenics, political oppression, infanticide, and tons of other things that made me want to read it through my finge
Aug 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I legitimately read the entire thing, possibly out of a weird need to punish myself. This book is bad. If amazon prime hadn't provided this book to me for free, I'd feel like the author owed me a refund.

I rarely come across books told in 1st person present tense, but this one takes the cake. The narrator's internal monologue is anachronistic and bizarrely consistent considering it spreads across many years of the characters life (starting as a 9 year old child); however, it is not compelling a
Jan 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 23%. Just wasn’t holding me. Best to let it go for now. Perhaps I’ll give it another go at some point. But not now. Maybe it’s not the book, but me! Hard to say.
Melody Daggerhart
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Notes of Interest:

I got this book because it was an Amazon First Read offering with Prime. I used to be an avid science fiction fan and originally wanted to write science fiction. But I got discouraged when I realized not everyone is cut out to be an Isaac Asimov, and turned my attention toward my other literary love: fantasy. I’ve been in a life-long romance with it ever since. But on occasion, I miss sci-fi stories and will reach for one. So, I went into this with no expectations or skepticism
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The perfect combination of sci fi and fantasy, creating a world with the comfort of old ways, the interest of new tech, and a story line with enough uniqueness to keep me interested. Left me wanting more. Can't believe this was included with Prime. Happy to purchase the sequel as soon as it's out. ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book.

Very good job. Plot well considered and executed. Characters fairly well developed with some depth. Dialogue sounds natural and nuanced. Well written, not just simple fantasy writing. Consider it a slightly more sophisticated Hunger Games or MazeRunner...coming of age through hard trials. Will look forward to more books from this first time author.
Kimberly Read
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I did not enjoy this book. Let's find one more way to torture, debase and destroy the protagonist. And let's do so with absolutely no character development or little plot progression. I'm also disappointed in how the female characters were sallow, self-serving or throw-away. I'm not even sure how to discuss the sexuality portrayed in the story. I think the author intended it to be an undercurrent of tension, but it didn't work. The sexuality was confused at best, base and violent at worst. I don ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable story

I chose this as my kindle first selection and was surprised by how quickly the tale drew me in. I couldn't put it down. Edmon is a rich character both beautiful and flawed, as the best characters are. I highly recommend this book and eagerly await the next!
Emily Masters
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Eh. One of those where the (exceedingly few) female characters with die to further the protagonist's story or are bad guys. ...more
Liezl Ruiz
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Song of Edmon is a highly thought-provoking read with a myriad of modern-day issues soaked in a fantastical setting. I feel like there's so much shade in this book. There's just so much parallelism to the real world that I thought this book is just a backdrop to the author's political and ethical views.

Edmon, the main protagonist of the story, is very intriguing. I like the way how the eggshell thing was reversed. Yes, Edmond appears to be hard on the outside but definitely soft on the inside. T
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own

I chose Song of Edmon as my Kindle First choice for the month of August. I usually read mystery, suspense and thrillers. Typically detective novels. The options I had to choose from didn't sound very interesting, but I kept coming back to Song of Edmon. After reading some reviews, a thorough one in particular by a reader named Travis, I decided I would give it a try.

Song of Edmon was interesting and captivating. There are a few profanities and some sexual situations. This is not a war
Ryan Hamm
This book is a sufferfest

If you like depressing books then have at it. I guarantee the rest of the series will be just as depressing as the author continues to tease that something good might actually happen all to get you to buy the next book. The main character is super annoying and the rest of the characters are worse.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Received this as free Kindle First book (in a month of options that were either bad or worse)

Writing is basic at best, and poor most of the time
For example, why use " diurnal cycle" in dialogue, what's wrong with saying 'within the day'?

The story is decent, but somewhat disconnected.
Erin Thomas
Interesting plot, but hamfisted writing

This book held my interest enough to finish it, I'll say that for it. It is, perhaps, the kindest thing about it I can say. The plot and world building were enjoyable, and that's what brought me through to the end (just barely). I'm also a musician so I liked the connections to music, and that's what caught my eye to begin with. The only thing that can ruin a good plot and a creative world are two dimensional characters and clunky prose, and this book has b
Rebecca Armstrong
For my Kindle First book I decided to pick up Song of Edmon by Adam Burch. Song of Edmon* is set in the fictional future on another planet called Tao. After many wars, genocides and destruction, the human race still lives with prejudice, violence and savagery. Then comes Edmon Leontes, a gentle boy of mixed race who resents his cruel father and the ways of the Nightsiders. Edmon must learn to fight to survive against his better judgment and his love of music. 

I was in such a book slump and it to
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, sci-fi
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Dayanara Ryelle
Aug 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
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Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wish we had half stars on this platform, because 3.5 would be about perfect. I'll be generous and round up to a 4, though.

The world-building in this novel is superb. It took me a little while to get into it, but once I did I was hooked. My criticism are similar to those that others have described - the female characters are depicted as strong women, but are ultimately plot devices whose suffering and/or deaths motive the protagonist; the book suffers from racial stereotypes (Romani) and
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, sci-fi
Not quite sure how I feel about this one. It's definitely gripping and somewhat entertaining, but also gruesome, gritty, and graphic with its depictions of violence (which can be good or bad, depending on your tastes). I got some Red Rising vibes, but Song of Edmon is much more personal and focused solely on Edmon. We don't see politics as much as we see Edmon's attempts to avoid politics, and the novel primarily shows the trials and tribulations that Edmon experiences from childhood well into a ...more
Joanna Pedagno
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forget about good conquering evil

Edmon is telling his story. Nothing I can say will give justice to the brilliance of the writing. It transports you to a world that frightened me from beginning to end. A world of hopelessness. I will read this book again
Joe Crowe
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one is an epic adventure about a man split between a planet's day side and the night side, which is split between good and bad guys. His father is from the night side, so hijinks ensue as the man wants to hang out in peace with Mom, but Dad has other ideas.

We've all been there.

It's the kickoff of a new series, and the book is crammed with neat details of the world and the cast of characters. I'm anxious to see the next one. Like, right now.

(Review from an advance copy.)

I won a copy of this book on my kindle in a goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed this one. I wasn't sure I would at first as it didn't seem like something I'd normally go out of my way to read but I'm glad I won it because it was surprisingly fantastic. ...more
Sean Epperson
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good

Kept me entertained during the entire book. Can't wait to find the next one, hope it is as good as this one was.
Jenesee Grey
Abandon all hope

Well written with engaging characters . The plot is a study in suffering for the character as well as the reader as all hope is slowly abandoned that this will end well for anyone. If your purpose in reading is to feel inspired this is not for you. If you want a dark but realistic glimpse of the worst of humanity, these villians will show thatm
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Concept and Story!

I came into this book with no expectations as this is a new author, but I thought the premise was interesting. The book delivered. It is not necessarily a happy read but it kept me fully engaged and loving the growth (or backsliding stubbornness) of Edmon throughout. The most comparable book/series I can think of is the Red Rising series. If you loved Red Rising you will definitely love this book!
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Song of Edmon by Adam Burch could have been entitled Betrayal of Edmon. Aside from his mother and his first love, everyone else in his life ultimately betrayed him. Edmon epitomized the war between good and evil, portrayed in this book as his inner conflict between the genes of each of Edmon's progenitors.
The use of the alternative reality environment with not novel themes such as political strife, poverty vs. royalty, oppression by the aggressive of the docile is interesting only for the speci
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly I didn't think I was really going to like this book much from the description, but it sucked me in quickly. The world building felt very organic within the political and personal stories. There were shades of the Count of Monte Cristo and I swear it reminded me of Avatar, The Last Airbender at times. I really can't wait to follow Edmon on the rest of his quest for self. ...more
Richard Keller
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a coming of age story of a young boy who loves music but is constantly being drawn to fight. From this elevator pitch you would think this is a fairly gentle tale. Definitely not, and that's why it is so addictive. Though Edmon tries to escape the constant violence of the father's side of his family and be the person he wants, he continues to be drawn into one tragic event after another, becoming somewhat of a monster against his will. This is a science fiction tale which is low on tech ...more
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