The Gathering: Book One of The Uprising Series by Bernadette Giacomazzo
4 Stars: Glam Dystopian
I feel a certain rightness when I read dystopian novels maybe it's a mirror of my feelings about the current state of things, I see the pending doom, mainly because I am an avid reader of news that matter topics that most people in your circle don't care to discuss. Or dystopian themes reflects my theory that suffering must come before the good times. The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo is a dystopian story set in futuristic New York and first of its series and frankly relatable to our reality, and the importance of Rock and Roll music as part of our rebellious nature.
New York City hasn't been the grimy city for a long time, in the Gathering New York City has an emperor and his Cabal ruling with an iron fist. Predictably and this is not a knock against the story, but we are in the days of censorship we are trying to get a sense of how far the restrictions will go, or if you want to rule entirely you must ban subversion, Rock and Roll music of the past was subversive. The self-appointed Emperor punishes all, Bernadette handles her science fiction elements with some fantastic detail which are the highlights for me, the dialogue, sex scenes, and language it's adult and appreciated.
Being one part of the Cabal the Gathering's character we follow is Jamie Ryans and the aftermath of his finance and unborn child being murdered, his deflection and surviving New York City, the book goes into great details about the "Glam Scene" and his band, Faust. Like the science fiction elements Bernadette shines, giving you a great music layout, we long for the good old days of Rock and Roll, a perfect blend for music fans.
A great introduction to a series and I am looking for growth and more cohesiveness in following other characters; sometimes I felt confused about who's who and where are they in the Gathering. A solid four stars for creating a "Roll and Roll Dystopian".