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Review – The Rising Storm (Paradigm #1) by Ceri A Lowe

I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend, who turned out to also be a friend of the author 😁

The synopsis sounded interesting with a London based version of dystopian. I knew I would read it at some point, and now I have. Mainly because book 2 is due to be released on the 20th August.

Oh, hang on! That’s today!

Happy publishing day Ceri A Lowe!

The Rising Storm

by Ceri A Lowe


Synopsis by GoodReads

What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

Alice Davenport awakens from a fever to find her mother gone and the city she lives in ravaged by storms – with few survivors.

When Alice is finally rescued, she is taken to a huge underground bunker owned by the mysterious Paradigm Industries. As the storms worsen, the hatches close.

87 years later, amidst the ruins of London, the survivors of the Storms have reinvented society. The Model maintains a perfect balance – with inhabitants routinely frozen until they are needed by the Industry.

Fifteen-year-old Carter Warren knows his time has come. Awoken from the catacombs as a contender for the role of Controller General, it is his destiny to succeed – where his parents failed.

But Carter soon discovers that the world has changed, in ways that make him begin to question everything that he believes in. As Carter is forced to fight for those he loves and even for his life, it seems that the key to the future lies in the secrets of the past…

My Opinion

4 stars


Always leaving me asking questions


That purple colour on the cover 😍

London dystopian setting


I found the dystopian setting of London really refreshing. Most dystopian novels I come across are American and feel almost all the same. This was different. Firstly it’s based in London, UK and has several smaller British things referenced throughout the text. Secondly, it portrays the fall of modern society and how the new order is created and when it starts to show cracks.

The Story

It’s a dual perspective book where one is from the fall of society and the building of the new order. While the other is from “present” time (90 years after the storms start) were the cracks int he society starts to show.

It’s a very fascinating world the author has built especially the dystopian community and how things are controlled and organised. Happiness isn’t a word that comes to mind, but more like practicality.

Obviously being YA dystopian novel, things don’t really go the way they are planned to go. I thought the direction of the story, especially Carter’s narrative towards the end, was a very good choice in direction and I didn’t really see it coming.

The Characters

There are two main characters Alice and Carter. Carter is from the present while Alice is from the past.

I honestly liked Carter more than Alice, and I’m not entirely sure why.

Carter is the first point of view and character we are introduced to. At the beginning of the story, he is just waking up from being frozen for 15 years to run for General Controller (major type leader). He was only 15 when he went down into the freezer, and he is now 15 years and a day, 15 years later… confused? πŸ˜‚Β he soon figures out that a lot has changed in 15 years. Including that thing that happened yesterday, 15 years and a day ago, which are now 14 years old, walking and talking. I can’t even imagine how weird that must have been πŸ˜‚

Alice is a bad-ass strong character. She is a survivor and a practical leader. The storms hit when she was 12 and her mother, who is never there, never comes home. Alice gets rescued by the industry and help build the new order.

Even though I liked Carter better as a character, I enjoyed Alice’s world more and the building and the rationalisation of how to build a new and effective society from scratch.


The writing was very good and the pacing was just right.

There were a few things with her writing which caught my eye though. Some of her descriptions are very vivid and other descriptions are not descriptions at all but explain the person or thing perfectly. My favourite of these was when Alice’s mother says something which gave me a perfect understanding of what type of woman she was: “Get me a can of lager out of the fridge before the soaps start” – it just sums it up!

Also, she added a few very British items in here which to me very small gems, like mentioning that the tap didn’t work and neither did the hot tap. It’s comforting to know that future-Britain will never get blender taps! πŸ˜‚Β They will hold on to the cold and hot taps forever! πŸ˜‚


Highly recommended to fans of YA dystopian who needs a different setting 😁

Now, where did I put that book 2?

oh there is it

excuse me, I’ve got a book to read…

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Have you read this? What did you think?


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