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"Hoodwink stared at the sword that would take his head tonight." 3740 A.D. The ice age has immobilized the world. Colossal walls seal off the cities from the uninhabitable Outside. Humanlike entities called "gols" run society, and force the humans to wear collars that block the innate powers mankind has evolved. One man rises up... "Hoodwink stared at the sword that would take his head tonight." 3740 A.D. The ice age has immobilized the world. Colossal walls seal off the cities from the uninhabitable Outside. Humanlike entities called "gols" run society, and force the humans to wear collars that block the innate powers mankind has evolved. One man rises up...


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"Hoodwink stared at the sword that would take his head tonight." 3740 A.D. The ice age has immobilized the world. Colossal walls seal off the cities from the uninhabitable Outside. Humanlike entities called "gols" run society, and force the humans to wear collars that block the innate powers mankind has evolved. One man rises up... "Hoodwink stared at the sword that would take his head tonight." 3740 A.D. The ice age has immobilized the world. Colossal walls seal off the cities from the uninhabitable Outside. Humanlike entities called "gols" run society, and force the humans to wear collars that block the innate powers mankind has evolved. One man rises up...

30 review for The Forever Gate

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    This book is a thrilling combination of "Running Man" meets "The Matrix"! It is nearly impossible to write about it without giving something away. The pace is fast, the action intense, and the writing is strong. Hoodwink is a very sympathetic character, and the author gives us just enough background to develop him a little more fully. There is a great balance between Hoodwink being hunted and fighting for survival and Hoodwink coming to grips with his inner demons that keeps the book interesting This book is a thrilling combination of "Running Man" meets "The Matrix"! It is nearly impossible to write about it without giving something away. The pace is fast, the action intense, and the writing is strong. Hoodwink is a very sympathetic character, and the author gives us just enough background to develop him a little more fully. There is a great balance between Hoodwink being hunted and fighting for survival and Hoodwink coming to grips with his inner demons that keeps the book interesting on a variety of levels. The story has a number of twists and turns, super-human feats, and close calls -- everything a good action story should have, while also creating a world for us that oozes dystopian desperation. While not part of this story, the author offers a snippet of the upcoming sequel at the end of "The Forever Gate". It was a wise move on his part. The sequel looks even more interesting, and I look forward to reading it too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Allen 107 (The Kansan Reader)

    I can't get past the way this is written. I don't mind the concept. It seems intriguing but I can't get past it. I'm bored and I couldn't really care about the characters. Just not for me. I can't get past the way this is written. I don't mind the concept. It seems intriguing but I can't get past it. I'm bored and I couldn't really care about the characters. Just not for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Thereadersentry

    ** I received a copy of this book for my blog in exchange of an honest review ** I am an avid reader of fantasy and Sci-Fi novels, but I rarely have the occasion to enjoy the work of independent writers. With my full-time job and all the other obligations I have in life I can spare little precious time to read and, therefore, I normally go for established authors or novels that I know I have a good chance to like. This time, however, I got my hands on a short novel by the indie author Isaac Hooke ** I received a copy of this book for my blog in exchange of an honest review ** I am an avid reader of fantasy and Sci-Fi novels, but I rarely have the occasion to enjoy the work of independent writers. With my full-time job and all the other obligations I have in life I can spare little precious time to read and, therefore, I normally go for established authors or novels that I know I have a good chance to like. This time, however, I got my hands on a short novel by the indie author Isaac Hooke, The Forever Gate, and I am very glad I did since I found myself immediately sucked in the narrative. I feel is important to point out that length-wise The Forever Gate is on the short side. That does not bother me since I was used to read collections of short Sci-Fi stories all the time, but it could bother somebody looking for more than a few hours of entertainment. The good news for readers burning to know how the story progresses is that the sequel, The Forever Gate 2, is already out. After looking at the cover, I assumed the book to have some sort of medieval settings, but that’s not the case. The novel is set in a dystopian future, where humans are living in big fenced cities and kept at bay by entities called “gols”. The main protagonist is a quite likeable interesting and tormented character. His story is presented in a series of twists that are confusing at the beginning, but come nicely together towards the end. I am also pleased to report that the length of the novel does not affect the settings, which result believable and coherent. Overall, The Forever Gate hooked me until the very end. The book finishes on a cliffhanger and with a big twist. The writing style is good and it shines in the dialogs, which is a blessing; it also gets better in the second half of the novel. In summary, I went into this novel without knowing what to expect, but I am pleased to say that it hooked me and kept me on my toes till the very end. The end itself was unexpected, but it left me wanting to read the sequel, which is more than I can say for a lot of books I read recently. I can certainly recommend The Forever Gate as a short and entertaining reading and I hope to see more work from this author coming out in the future. If you like this review please visit me at my blog: www.bookreviewsguru.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I picked this up as a free Kindle download on the advice of some friends, and was not disappointed. I assumed it was one full story, but was delighted to find that this is the first - in what I hope are many - stories about "Hoodwink", who I imagine as sort of a knight-errant of a cold, dystopian future where the ruling class are imposters known as "Gols" and humans are imprisoned in collars of bronze, which hold back a type of magic/power that has developed in the human race over time. There is I picked this up as a free Kindle download on the advice of some friends, and was not disappointed. I assumed it was one full story, but was delighted to find that this is the first - in what I hope are many - stories about "Hoodwink", who I imagine as sort of a knight-errant of a cold, dystopian future where the ruling class are imposters known as "Gols" and humans are imprisoned in collars of bronze, which hold back a type of magic/power that has developed in the human race over time. There is permanent winter (any mention of a "wall" and I think of Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series....a favorite), there is magic (a twin set of bewitched diaries....which reminded me of Rowling's Harry Potter series, another favorite) and a quest "over the wall"- and really, who doesn't love a good quest? Though short, it was fast paced and kept me entertained. And frankly, as your average, every day, "constant reader", that is all I truly want from a story - to be entertained. The author makes you sympathetic toward the main character, and root for his success, while mourning his losses and betrayals. It also elicited such reactions from me as a good old fashioned, "what the ****?!", a couple of wrinkled noses with accompanying "eeew" noises, and to top it off, I had to turn up the heat in my house, as reading about the permanent winter in the story made me cold. I say, if a book can garner those types of reactions from me, it's worth reading more of. So, now I anxiously await the second in this series (my download had a snippet of the next story at the end......hello, cliffhanger!), and hope that others will enjoy this story as well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Blase Ciabaton

    -He rode death's horse by the tips of his fingers and the tips of his toes. Isaac Hooke's debut novella, The Forever Gate, is a very original fantasy story with hints of Norse mythology. It's clear that Hooke has a vivid imagination and is skilled at weaving together an interesting story. I very much like the way the story jumps right into the action. There are a lot of small pieces of information left missing intentionally at the beginning. What’s the purpose of the collars? What's a gol? These m -He rode death's horse by the tips of his fingers and the tips of his toes. Isaac Hooke's debut novella, The Forever Gate, is a very original fantasy story with hints of Norse mythology. It's clear that Hooke has a vivid imagination and is skilled at weaving together an interesting story. I very much like the way the story jumps right into the action. There are a lot of small pieces of information left missing intentionally at the beginning. What’s the purpose of the collars? What's a gol? These missing elements help to make the storyline much more interesting because as the reader, you feel compelled to find the answer. Some of the author's most descriptive prose occurs as the protagonist works his way up the wall of The Forever Gate. This is my favorite part of the story and incredibly suspenseful. The prose Hooke uses is effective at stringing together his yarn, but not particularly artful. I suspect as he advances in his writing career, not only will he share other interesting stories, but he will continue to polish his writing credentials. I'm looking forward to more work from Isaac Hooke and the sequel to The Forever Gate.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Colby

    It reminded me of the matrix, but the twist was unexpected and the story was very well written. I'll be keeping an eye out for volume 2. It reminded me of the matrix, but the twist was unexpected and the story was very well written. I'll be keeping an eye out for volume 2.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Janelle Dazzlepants

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When I received a copy of The Forever Gate for review, I mistakenly assumed it was a standalone novel. I obviously didn't glance at the page count on Goodreads, because it's actually a novella, with more in the series to come! The Forever Gate tells the tale of Hoodwink, a lightning-wielding inhabitant of a futuristic gated city. Well, he would be able to wield lightning if the non-human pack of law enforcement 'gols' hadn't saddled him with a collar designed to inhibit his abilities. Wrongfully When I received a copy of The Forever Gate for review, I mistakenly assumed it was a standalone novel. I obviously didn't glance at the page count on Goodreads, because it's actually a novella, with more in the series to come! The Forever Gate tells the tale of Hoodwink, a lightning-wielding inhabitant of a futuristic gated city. Well, he would be able to wield lightning if the non-human pack of law enforcement 'gols' hadn't saddled him with a collar designed to inhibit his abilities. Wrongfully imprisoned and slated for execution for attempted destruction of the titular 'Forever Gate', Hoodwink manages to escape and accidentally unites with the group of terrorists actually responsible for the job. Said group of terrorists are 'Users' - individuals with the same electric abilities, but who aren't restricted by collars. Unfortunately the freedom to use their abilities comes at a price, ageing them rapidly not unlike the teens in the trashy-but-total-guilty-pleasure urban fantasy film, The Covenant . The Users are aware that something is wrong with the gols that rule the city; their minds are deteriorating, like rust on a rain-battered swing set. The Users convince Hoodwink that the answers lie beyond the 'Forever Gate': a mountainous structure blocking access in and out of the city. A group of gols live beyond the Forever Gate, and the Users are convinced that they can be helped if Hoodwink delivers a message for them. The problem is, nobody has managed to successfully scale the Forever Gate before....or at least, they've never come back. A common theme throughout many dystopian texts is the 'gated city'. The main characters are forbidden to venture past the walls of their city, and are kept in check with tales that the world outside is dead/filled with nasty creatures/poisonous/whatever. I liked that this novella adopted that concept, but with a few changes. Citizens of this town cannot simply drive or walk to the next city - despite its name, the Forever Gate is not actually a 'gate' per se. But that's not to say that everyone is trapped, as citizens can travel to the next town via teleportation portals! This actually served to make the existence of the Forever Gate more mysterious. We know that the Outside isn't dead/filled with nasty creatures/poisonous/whatever, so why can't the citizens put on their snowboots or go take a roadtrip? Instead of simply asking 'Why can't they go outside?' we're left asking 'What is the purpose of the Forever Gate, and what are the gols trying to hide?' And it turns out that what they're hiding isn't quiiiiite what you'd expect. The Ouside isn't the product of aliens, a nuclear holocaust or zombie epidemic, but what appears to be a computer program run by the gols! Hoodwink learns that the Forever Gate he just overcame was simply a structure designed to keep humans in the cities, and that they're all unknowingly participating in some sort of Matrix-esque computer simulation. Fortunately Hoodwink manages to locate and pass through the real 'Forever Gate', and then things get weird. I really don't know what to think of this next section of the novella! We see Hoodwink essentially 'birthed' again in a pod of ectoplasmic goo, that conjures up images of the Cylons being 'resurrected' in Battlestar Galactica. Hoodwink discovers a workforce of machines, and manages to convey a message from The Users before witnessing what can only be described as an attack on the factory by a giant. Hoodwink is then literally put through a meat shredder, only to awaken as a....jellyfish? Normally I'd be dying to get my hands on the next novella to find out the answers, but I can't even form any questions! I easily accepted the possibility that our characters are unwitting participants in a computer simulation, and theorised that the gols collar everyone to avoid them prevent electrical interference in the program. I even theorised that when a citizen dies, they're reincarnated in one of those sticky goo pods and reintroduced into the program, with no memories of their previous life. Except then Hoodwink was reborn as some sort of telepathic sea creature, and now I didn't know what to think! And not only that - the included except from the next novella shows that (view spoiler)[Hoodwink made it back to the city in one (human) piece....omgwtf?! (hide spoiler)] Overall:The Forever Gate was nothing if not fascinating. I was expecting one standalone novel telling a generic tale of man rising up against gol and freeing the city. Instead I was treated to one novella of a larger series, that completely turned my preconceptions on their head. I can only hope the next novella even partially explains the last few pages, because I'll go insane trying to piece those fragments together. It was cool enough pondering how the Users had created 'rigged diaries', and then the author went and turned the world completely upside down! FTC Disclaimer: I was provided an electronic copy of this book for review by the author. This doesn't alter or change my opinion of the novella in any way.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michikit

    You know how they say to never judge a book by its cover? The cover of "The Forever Gate" it's gorgeous, but I initially thought that this was a historical, then I've read the book description and I soon realized that something was off; the action is set in the year 3740 A.D. So no, this is not an historical novel, this is even better, "The Forever Gate" is a dystopian book combined with Sci-Fi. I think I've been reading way too many YA fantasy books with naïve school girls chasing hot boys, beca You know how they say to never judge a book by its cover? The cover of "The Forever Gate" it's gorgeous, but I initially thought that this was a historical, then I've read the book description and I soon realized that something was off; the action is set in the year 3740 A.D. So no, this is not an historical novel, this is even better, "The Forever Gate" is a dystopian book combined with Sci-Fi. I think I've been reading way too many YA fantasy books with naïve school girls chasing hot boys, because I needed this. "The Forever Gate" was like a breath of fresh air, a book in which serious matters are treated like they are: serious. The main character, Hoodwink, is a habitant of a locked city, ruled by entities called "gols". Those creatures claim to protect the humans by blocking their powers thru collars they are forced to wear. I liked Hoodwink from the very start, actually the entire story had me hooked up. I could almost feel the character's adrenaline running thru his veins while running for his life. In just 80 pages Hoodwinks life was saved and started to crumble in pieces. He is one of the most likable characters I've read lately: he is clever, brave, loyal and ready to sacrifice himself for what's important. He gets to experience fear, betrayal and pain. The ending was a little weird, at least for me, it was more on the Sci-Fi part and I thought it was a sad and heartbreaking, a little victory of the character but with an unusual and shocking twist. And just when I thought that I finished being shocked I read the sneak peak of the second volume, set in the near future after the first one and at the end of it there it was ... another cliffhanger. I will definitely read the second one. ** I received this book as an ARC for my blog in exchange of an honest review.**

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carole-Ann

    With many thanks to Isaac who sent me a free book to read (and yes, I did download the Kindle version too!!) This is a clever little story with waaaaay too many questions left unanswered (but I hope that all comes out in future books!!). The MC is Hoodwink Cooper (lovely name!) who is in prison waiting to be executed for something he didn't actually do. Hood talks us through his escape (enabled by a unique skill), his meetings with the "Users", his daughter (who has been "revised" so she has no m With many thanks to Isaac who sent me a free book to read (and yes, I did download the Kindle version too!!) This is a clever little story with waaaaay too many questions left unanswered (but I hope that all comes out in future books!!). The MC is Hoodwink Cooper (lovely name!) who is in prison waiting to be executed for something he didn't actually do. Hood talks us through his escape (enabled by a unique skill), his meetings with the "Users", his daughter (who has been "revised" so she has no memory of him), and his ex-wife (and there is a story if ever there was one!!). He then volunteers (or is pressured??) into climbing the Forever Gate (which is actually a wall rather than a gate) - see? - the little twists which crop up all over the place? And he has to fight his way through the 'gols' (they're the bad people), his own conscience, and his (possibly) failing body to reach the top of the Wall. The little bit of introspection we're given here cleverly explains some things, but leaves us with more questions! So, he succeeds, but lands in an even more precarious position, and the ending (or the pause - because I would really like to know what comes after!!!) threw me for a loop - completely wasn't expecting that!! One LOL moment: Hood meets a 'gol' on the other side of the Forever Gate/Wall, and we learn that their actual species/gender is a "googol", a form of AI, which talks in tech-speak (which Hood doesn't understand) and which is connected (or should be!)to others like him/it around the Wall/Gate. So yes, cleverly done, lots of questions, hints of humour, possible AU's (??), and I definitely want MORE!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Geoffrey G. N. Harrison

    Intriguing and compelling This is a great story and the author is following the recent trend of shorter, serialised releases. What this means for the reader is that you end up with a book that is quick to read, and one that could give a satisfying conclusion and/or cliffhanger, which will then lead them onto the next one in the series. The synopsis for this book lead me to believe it was set in the far future ... "3740 A.D.". But there is no indication of the timeline. There is a vague hint of the Intriguing and compelling This is a great story and the author is following the recent trend of shorter, serialised releases. What this means for the reader is that you end up with a book that is quick to read, and one that could give a satisfying conclusion and/or cliffhanger, which will then lead them onto the next one in the series. The synopsis for this book lead me to believe it was set in the far future ... "3740 A.D.". But there is no indication of the timeline. There is a vague hint of the timeline near to the end, but still no specifics. (view spoiler)[Also, towards the end the story is reminiscent of The Matrix but this, The Forever Gate, is better done I think. (hide spoiler)] For the story itself, it appears that Hoodwink, the protagonist, is not destined to live long at the start of the story but fate plays a hand. Hoodwink is then sent on a quest to help the oppressors of their society, the "gols". The wider world in which Hoodwink lives is hinted at with ease and shows there is much to learn about this environment. There are four more in the series and I am looking forward to completing them all.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    I received this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review. "The Forever Gate - Part one" is a first book in a series written by Isaac Hooke. It kicks off with a trial where Hoodwink pleads guilty to terrorist activity and is subject to death via beheading. He is presumed to be a member of the Users - people who don't wear collars (which protect humans from harm of using lightning energy) and oppose gols (kind of android creatures). Fortunately, he manages to escape. And after this his story I received this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review. "The Forever Gate - Part one" is a first book in a series written by Isaac Hooke. It kicks off with a trial where Hoodwink pleads guilty to terrorist activity and is subject to death via beheading. He is presumed to be a member of the Users - people who don't wear collars (which protect humans from harm of using lightning energy) and oppose gols (kind of android creatures). Fortunately, he manages to escape. And after this his story starts in earnest. He has to overcome betrayal, lack of faith in himself and physical pain only to see and experience something that he's unable to comprehend at this point! ...what is reality? Is it some cog in a giant wheel?.. Are our lives merely parts of this wheel? These are the questions Hoodwink asks himself while trying to reach his goal and save people he loves. Quite fast paced, easy to follow and quick read. Very Matrix-like. Even though it starts more like fantasy, it turns out to be more like sci-fi. And it ends on a cliffhanger and a very unexpected one at that.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Dawson

    Not bad This is one is definitely a very unusual story. Our hero Hoodwink is sent on a quest by the terrorist group “The Users.” They are the masters of magic that the current government of Gols holds in contempt. Hoodwink pledges to leave the city and find the truth behind the Forever Gate. Why? I’m still thinking about that. The pros of the story are the descriptive scenes of his snowbound hometown and his struggles to climb the Forever Gate. One can actually picture and feel the city and the s Not bad This is one is definitely a very unusual story. Our hero Hoodwink is sent on a quest by the terrorist group “The Users.” They are the masters of magic that the current government of Gols holds in contempt. Hoodwink pledges to leave the city and find the truth behind the Forever Gate. Why? I’m still thinking about that. The pros of the story are the descriptive scenes of his snowbound hometown and his struggles to climb the Forever Gate. One can actually picture and feel the city and the snow that is suffocating and confining the inhabitants. Hoodwinks mile climb is very compelling. You can feel his pain and suffering as he climbs through blinding snow and temperatures that would test the most seasoned climbers, to uncover the truths of the past. The cons. I’m still trying to understand where the story is going. The end reminded me more of the Matrix or a long lost Star Trek episode. Can’t decide which. Overall, this is quick entertaining read. Three Stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Cardin

    This left me a bit confused. I mean, I think I understood what was going on, where I was confused was in the "why" it was going on that way. For me, The Forever Gate needed more in its brief span of pages to set it apart from the concept it appeared to be heavily derived from. The character of Hoodwink was good and his initial internal struggle was gripping, but as the story unfolded he lost this riveting quality for me. Instead of gaining dimension, he seemed to flatten out. It is hard for me to This left me a bit confused. I mean, I think I understood what was going on, where I was confused was in the "why" it was going on that way. For me, The Forever Gate needed more in its brief span of pages to set it apart from the concept it appeared to be heavily derived from. The character of Hoodwink was good and his initial internal struggle was gripping, but as the story unfolded he lost this riveting quality for me. Instead of gaining dimension, he seemed to flatten out. It is hard for me to point out the biggest issue for me without throwing in a huge spoiler, but what I will say is that this needed a lot more to set it apart from the core underlying concept which we have seen in movies and books before. It is a great concept, and Isaac Hooke needed to nail it, show us how he would take ownership and make the concept his own, but for me, he does not.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Zahn

    Wow! Isaac Hooke can write! Like another reviewer said I really don't want to give away the story. But this is a creative and very well-written book. Hoodwink Cooper is the main character and he is well-developed. He has depth and we care about him as he goes through many challenges. The dialog is spot on. The plot is well-constructed and kept me up until 2 a.m. reading it because I couldn't put it down. There are definitely twists and turns. There are special "powers" that are believable. And p Wow! Isaac Hooke can write! Like another reviewer said I really don't want to give away the story. But this is a creative and very well-written book. Hoodwink Cooper is the main character and he is well-developed. He has depth and we care about him as he goes through many challenges. The dialog is spot on. The plot is well-constructed and kept me up until 2 a.m. reading it because I couldn't put it down. There are definitely twists and turns. There are special "powers" that are believable. And putting a small part of the next book at the end was great because it does indeed look like another good read. Highly highly recommend!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Niels Pedersen

    This book is seventy five percent, three an a half stars, and twenty five percent, five stars. Really the story starts and rolls along well, it is the story of a man struggling against a greater power, the author is doing a fine job of world building and character development, the plot is moving along, everything is fine, and just when I'm not so in love with the book, but don't have far to go...Wham! The book gets great and he ends it leaving me hanging. Well done Mr. Hooke. Mr. Hook em and reel This book is seventy five percent, three an a half stars, and twenty five percent, five stars. Really the story starts and rolls along well, it is the story of a man struggling against a greater power, the author is doing a fine job of world building and character development, the plot is moving along, everything is fine, and just when I'm not so in love with the book, but don't have far to go...Wham! The book gets great and he ends it leaving me hanging. Well done Mr. Hooke. Mr. Hook em and reel em in.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    Received this one free electronically from Isaac as part of the giveaways, have to start out saying I'm not up to speed on reading electronically. This was only the 2nd I've read that way. As to the storyline, it's a great premise, and I love the blending of environments. Some parts felt a bit rushed but that may just be that I'm used to reading a long series that spends a lot of time developing everything. I want to know more about this world! I really enjoyed the characters and storyline. Will Received this one free electronically from Isaac as part of the giveaways, have to start out saying I'm not up to speed on reading electronically. This was only the 2nd I've read that way. As to the storyline, it's a great premise, and I love the blending of environments. Some parts felt a bit rushed but that may just be that I'm used to reading a long series that spends a lot of time developing everything. I want to know more about this world! I really enjoyed the characters and storyline. Will definitely keep an eye out for the next episodes.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Cox

    I'm having a hard time trying to write a review for this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone that likes Fantasy/Sci-Fi. When I started the book, I thought it was just going to be another fantasy story with magic, etc. I never read the blurb, LOL I was excited to find that it had a lot of sci-fi included. I do agree with another reviewer that it is a mix of "The Matrix" and others. I'm having a hard time trying to write a review for this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone that likes Fantasy/Sci-Fi. When I started the book, I thought it was just going to be another fantasy story with magic, etc. I never read the blurb, LOL I was excited to find that it had a lot of sci-fi included. I do agree with another reviewer that it is a mix of "The Matrix" and others.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Batpunch

    Isaac Hooke has created a fresh and tantalizing story that combines somewhat medieval, yet futuristic elements that keeps the readers interest throughout the story. Hooke’s writing is strong and flows seamless from situation to fight! Plenty of action for the young reader or for the young at heart reader. If you like Phillip K. Dick type of story content you will enjoy Isaac Hooke’s “The Forever Gate”.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Forever Gate, Book One sets up a fairly interesting story that promises more. So, I was intrigued enough to buy Book Two, and that's when the story really heats up and I'm so glad I kept reading! No question about it now--- I highly recommend this series for both action adventure and interesting ideas about the nature of reality. I haven't read Book Three yet, but I'm a new fan of Isaac Hooke! The Forever Gate, Book One sets up a fairly interesting story that promises more. So, I was intrigued enough to buy Book Two, and that's when the story really heats up and I'm so glad I kept reading! No question about it now--- I highly recommend this series for both action adventure and interesting ideas about the nature of reality. I haven't read Book Three yet, but I'm a new fan of Isaac Hooke!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan Davis

    WOW! This futuristic Ice Age dystopia is the best book I've read in a long time. The detailed characters and shocking imagery really make this a thrilling pageturner. I couldn't put it down and I can't wait to get Isaac Hooke's next addition to this fascinating series. I'm so glad I got aboard this series from the start! WOW! This futuristic Ice Age dystopia is the best book I've read in a long time. The detailed characters and shocking imagery really make this a thrilling pageturner. I couldn't put it down and I can't wait to get Isaac Hooke's next addition to this fascinating series. I'm so glad I got aboard this series from the start!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marina Fontaine

    Finished Part One. This is very entertaining and fast paced, with an intriguing world setup. The idea of humans having a choice between long semi-comfortable life as collared subjects or a short life as outlaws with a superpower is very interesting. However, it's not self-contained; basically a teaser for the rest of the series. Luckily I already got the Compendium, so moving right along... Finished Part One. This is very entertaining and fast paced, with an intriguing world setup. The idea of humans having a choice between long semi-comfortable life as collared subjects or a short life as outlaws with a superpower is very interesting. However, it's not self-contained; basically a teaser for the rest of the series. Luckily I already got the Compendium, so moving right along...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anabela Costa

    What a nice surprise, a fast paced reading with some depth in it. I must say that i love Dystopian novels and this one is very well written. There where some points of the book that remind me of "Cloud Atlas". I am really looking forward to read the second one of this series. What a nice surprise, a fast paced reading with some depth in it. I must say that i love Dystopian novels and this one is very well written. There where some points of the book that remind me of "Cloud Atlas". I am really looking forward to read the second one of this series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    The Forever Gate is a captivating and quick read. It is a fantastic plot that will throw you for a loop and leave you wanting more. I definitely recommend this title to my friends and shall look forward to part two.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    What an intriguing story! I enjoyed every page of this well written book. It's short, with more to come, but is fun to read just as it is. The main character is very well developed, considering how short the story it. Very well done. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. What an intriguing story! I enjoyed every page of this well written book. It's short, with more to come, but is fun to read just as it is. The main character is very well developed, considering how short the story it. Very well done. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sean Wyatt

    Pretty good work. Easy to get into. A bit irritating that such brief glimpses of the overall world were given,but i suppose that is the nature of serial novel. I appreciate good story telling without foul language. Eager to get the next installment.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paddy O'callaghan

    The only negative thing that I have to say about this book is that it's rather short. Apart from that, it was absolutely excellent. The only negative thing that I have to say about this book is that it's rather short. Apart from that, it was absolutely excellent.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Pierre

    Science Fiction. Not my kind of Scifi. I like some degree of science and realism.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna Risko

    A food read. Science fiction with twist. Enjoyed well developed characters and the connections to each other. Went on to purchase book 2 needed to see where story went.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maberan Potato

    The main issue with this is that it's just too short. There's a start, middle but no end. If I hadn't had the second book already in the box set, I would've given this one star. It's just too insulting. The book starts right in the middle of the action, with Hoodwink waiting to be executed after covering for his daughter's crime. The pacing in this book is very nice, it doesn't linger more than it has too but it definitely goes too fast sometimes. Having the first chapter be Hoodwink passing his The main issue with this is that it's just too short. There's a start, middle but no end. If I hadn't had the second book already in the box set, I would've given this one star. It's just too insulting. The book starts right in the middle of the action, with Hoodwink waiting to be executed after covering for his daughter's crime. The pacing in this book is very nice, it doesn't linger more than it has too but it definitely goes too fast sometimes. Having the first chapter be Hoodwink passing his daughter everyday and covering for her would've been much better in my opinion, as both of them barely have anything that can be called a relationship. I know it's the point, but it affects both their characters and keeps them fairly flat and uninteresting. Like, Hoodwink's motivation throughout the book is to protect his daughter, make up for what he did that had his family separated. But we never learn what he did- from what I understand, he did something, the mayor took his daughter to have her "revised", which is imputing fake memories and his wife left him. In the second book, Ari tells us that she was revised to be the mayor's perfect companion, so I guess Hoodwink refused to have Ari marry the mayor and this happened? They never tell us how old she was when everything happened. For all I know they've been split up for a week. Could've really done with more details on that. And Hoodwink, despite being an overall ok character- he's pretty nice, selfless, motivated and somewhat smart- doesn't get any depth to him at all. It's like he lost his entire personality with his daughter- he used to be a teenager warlord! Like come on man. And the end is actually damn interesting, and then it ends. Cliffhangers can get fucked, especially this soon. I was only beginning to understand what was happening when things kept being twisted around, and then the biggest twist of them all and bam! See you next time. Like... you can't do that. At least give me a bone before you make me look for the sequel. As this is, this book is a bundle of interesting ideas without any obvious answers to pretty important questions. It makes me think of The Shattered Gates in the way it ends, but at least that book had amazing dialogue and I got some idea of what was going on.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica K

    Best to read these books in the boxed set. The characters it follows switch between book one and two, and the boxed set orders things so they books are like chapters of a longer tale. Quite well done! Interesting ideas about reality.

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