Revolt – Jess Harpley

revoltThis is book two in the Verge of Desolation series so if you are new to the series, skip the blurb  and I will do my best to keep out any story spoiling information as you will want to start with book one, The Mill reviewed here.

Jen has departed, leaving mechanically augmented Hopper at the top of a dimensionally phasing building wondering what’s next. Riding home, she encounters the strange but intriguing Ravin, a man so desperate to make a change in their cruel world, Hopper’s never fully sure she can trust him. Her thirst for revenge against the doctors of The Mill shapes the revolt of their century as she adopts Ravin’s quest for freedom and unravels a secret which cuts deeply into her heart. Return to The Mill with Hopper and Ravin on their bloody adventure to destroy the source of the depraved experiments and save the world from the true evil that plagues it.

Revolt picks up straight from where The Mill left off and as with its predecessor is an action packed story that flies along and keeps the body count high, It has a lively, cyberpunk feeling, keeping it fresh with unexpected events and quirky characters..

As usual Jess presents a strong female lead – a theme running through all her work – and one that appeals to both sexes.  This time our heroine is plunged into an uneasy alliance which radiates tension and vulnerability adding another layer to a story already rich with dark imagery. It is that uncertainty which drives the book and keeps an air of mystery to the proceedings as the reader can never quite tell what sort of twists will occur and where that will take the adventure.

Goodbye, you elegant weirdo

The uncertainty drives the character arcs and reveals that there is always something more to each player than was first imagined.  This metamorphosis of character is something that is a constant through the Verge of Desolation series, which really adds, not only to the scope of the characters but also the unpredictability of the story.

Interestingly when the big twist hits, it is totally unforeseen and is done in true sci-fi style, making this reader sit and ponder about just what that meant for not only the characters but also for the world.  It’s a really fascinating change in the narrative direction that escalates the whole idea of the series and is particularly challenging to not talk about in reviews.

She needed to do something fast – something drastic and reckless.  Something fun.

It’s violent and a great visual rollercoaster of a book which keeps the reader eyeball deep in action and the pacing fluid. After closing the book, it seemed pointless to attempt to imagine where Jess will take the series next but that is part of the fun, anything can happen and the only sure thing is that the ride will be wild and being a henchman is a stupidly risky business.








12 Replies to “Revolt – Jess Harpley”

    1. Jess is an independent author and blog favourite who has featured in a few anthologies as well as having two more of her novels reviewed on here. It’s refreshing to see an action packed series that is great fun and genuinely surprising.

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  1. Ste J, I am having a slight trouble with your site. For some reason, I’m not getting some of your original posts, and the first I see of a new blog is in the comments. Usually, I solve the problem by accessing the original post through one of the comments (as I did here) and getting to it that way. Just thought I’d let you know. Anyway, this sounds like a good action-packed fantasy series that as soon as I’ve caught up with some of my other readings, I might turn to. It reminds me of the theme which seemed to have occurred quite often in “The Scar,” which I believe I reviewed, in which people sometimes have non-biological parts. And of course, who could forget the Borg in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and others of the Star Trek family series? It seems to be a modern obsession, a fear of losing our humanity, or something.


    1. Thanks for letting me know, I had no idea that was happening and I hope this is just a bug that rights itself but keep me posted and I will search the forums in case there is an easy solution for it.

      There is a fascination with the human/cyborg relationahip, I find the dynamic interesting, of being enhanced but where does the humanity stop. In The Mill and Revolt’s case, the ideas are a lot more visceral in content, of forced experiments and the like.

      If you didn’t watch the new underrated version of Battlestar Galactica, that raises the bar on just what being human means and is a great show, not just in the sci fi category but in general.


    1. Interesting you say that as Jess works in the gaming industry when not writing. One thing I forgot to mention in the review were how cool all the book covers are, totally different as well, yet all eye catching.


    1. I’ve tried a number of ways of accessing and not had a problem either, may drop a question on the forums in case though. Thanks for the feedback. The series is a uproarious adventure into dark sci-fi and a whole shedload of fun.

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