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A fortress city. A terrifying prison. A survivor determined to beat the odds. Joe Parsons’ father has just disappeared. Growing up in a post-plague world, he knows that justice is in short supply, but he craves answers. He hacks into the sinister Fortrillium network, but when he’s caught red-handed, he’s in for the shock of his life. Joe is thrown into The Grid, a prison A fortress city. A terrifying prison. A survivor determined to beat the odds. Joe Parsons’ father has just disappeared. Growing up in a post-plague world, he knows that justice is in short supply, but he craves answers. He hacks into the sinister Fortrillium network, but when he’s caught red-handed, he’s in for the shock of his life. Joe is thrown into The Grid, a prison lined with inhumane cages where the only hope of a trial comes from surviving a series of terrifying challenges. Only one person has ever escaped the deadly, gamified colosseum. Hunted by his enemies and in constant danger, Joe must find a way to survive. What he discovers along the way will change his life forever… if he can manage to escape. Fall of Justice is a gripping work of dystopian sci-fi. If you like tension-filled suspense, fascinating apocalyptic futures, and characters who come to life, then you’ll love the first book in Paul Teague’s The Grid Trilogy. Buy Fall of Justice to fight your way through The Grid today


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A fortress city. A terrifying prison. A survivor determined to beat the odds. Joe Parsons’ father has just disappeared. Growing up in a post-plague world, he knows that justice is in short supply, but he craves answers. He hacks into the sinister Fortrillium network, but when he’s caught red-handed, he’s in for the shock of his life. Joe is thrown into The Grid, a prison A fortress city. A terrifying prison. A survivor determined to beat the odds. Joe Parsons’ father has just disappeared. Growing up in a post-plague world, he knows that justice is in short supply, but he craves answers. He hacks into the sinister Fortrillium network, but when he’s caught red-handed, he’s in for the shock of his life. Joe is thrown into The Grid, a prison lined with inhumane cages where the only hope of a trial comes from surviving a series of terrifying challenges. Only one person has ever escaped the deadly, gamified colosseum. Hunted by his enemies and in constant danger, Joe must find a way to survive. What he discovers along the way will change his life forever… if he can manage to escape. Fall of Justice is a gripping work of dystopian sci-fi. If you like tension-filled suspense, fascinating apocalyptic futures, and characters who come to life, then you’ll love the first book in Paul Teague’s The Grid Trilogy. Buy Fall of Justice to fight your way through The Grid today

30 review for The Grid 1: Fall of Justice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Victor *True Unagi Master*

    I have two issues with this story: 1. the book was too short for a. there to be any significant worldbuilding other than living in this place is good and a blessing and living anywhere else is bad and b. me to get to know the characters enough to care about them 2. the ending was abrupt. Think Ocean's Eleven ending just as the crew gets to the casino. I enjoyed it enough that I may continue with the series but it will not be a priority. I have two issues with this story: 1. the book was too short for a. there to be any significant worldbuilding other than living in this place is good and a blessing and living anywhere else is bad and b. me to get to know the characters enough to care about them 2. the ending was abrupt. Think Ocean's Eleven ending just as the crew gets to the casino. I enjoyed it enough that I may continue with the series but it will not be a priority.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bernard Jan

    The Grid by Paul Teague is a good example why dystopian literature is at the moment my favorite genre! The Grid 1: Fall of Justice is the first book in The Grid Trilogy and it instantly captured my attention as it was the case with its predecessors: the unforgettable Silo (Wool-Shift-Dust) series, Station Eleven, The Hunger Games trilogy, The Maze Runner series or the Divergent trilogy. They say it is impossible to survive The Grid. It is the one, only and ultimate way to get justice once you end The Grid by Paul Teague is a good example why dystopian literature is at the moment my favorite genre! The Grid 1: Fall of Justice is the first book in The Grid Trilogy and it instantly captured my attention as it was the case with its predecessors: the unforgettable Silo (Wool-Shift-Dust) series, Station Eleven, The Hunger Games trilogy, The Maze Runner series or the Divergent trilogy. They say it is impossible to survive The Grid. It is the one, only and ultimate way to get justice once you end up among thousands of lawbreakers and detainees confined in the cages of The Soak, a vast and nightmarish underground prison located under a river. A massive concrete wall separates hundreds of thousands of the privileged ones on Silk Road from almost four million poor residents of The Climbs, who live there in miserable and inhumane conditions with no elevators and with crumbling stairs, after the plague devastated their world many years ago, leaving billions of people dead in its wake. Their city is the only refuge. But the refuge is where minority flourishes at the expense of many many others, where justice systems is corrupted and full of deceptions and lies, and where the will of the authorities is more important than practically non-existent human rights. In this world Joe Parsons is trying to find the truth about the death of his suddenly disappeared father. He breaks into the Fortrillium network but before he gets the chance to avenge him, he and a few of his friends find themselves thrown into the The Grid. They are all facing a series of terrified justice challenges in the Gridder Games and only one person has ever survived so far. The Grid 1: Fall of Justice is a post plague dystopian story. It excellently stages the faith of our society already plagued by the symptoms of greed, inhumanity and fabricated truth, which might lead to life of a few (un)lucky surviving hundreds of thousands, or even millions, in The City of our future while the rest of us will be gone. Can't wait to read Quest For Vengeance and Catharsis, Part 2 and Part 3 of this very promising trilogy! BJ www.bernardjan.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    One of the better free books I've read - it was a quick read that held my interest despite the whole book being a build up to the rest of the series with questions only asked not answered. I would describe the book as a cross between Divergent and The Maze Runner ie. not particularly original. I also felt there were too many characters which made it hard to keep track of who was who and the writing could do with some refining. One of the better free books I've read - it was a quick read that held my interest despite the whole book being a build up to the rest of the series with questions only asked not answered. I would describe the book as a cross between Divergent and The Maze Runner ie. not particularly original. I also felt there were too many characters which made it hard to keep track of who was who and the writing could do with some refining.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tiana Dalichov

    Far too "info-dumpy" for me. Seemed liked the book was more explaining how the government and society were set up than actually focusing on the plot and the characters. Speaking of, there were far too many at the start, and by 10% I still had no clue who anyone was. Didn't care for them or care what happened to them. Not my cup of tea. Far too "info-dumpy" for me. Seemed liked the book was more explaining how the government and society were set up than actually focusing on the plot and the characters. Speaking of, there were far too many at the start, and by 10% I still had no clue who anyone was. Didn't care for them or care what happened to them. Not my cup of tea.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John

    It's a three, but a solid three. I enjoyed it. I want to know what happens in the next book. I'll probably get it at some point. For the length of this book, it took me way too long to finish it, because I just didn't feel compelled to get back to it and find out what would happen next. It's a three, but a solid three. I enjoyed it. I want to know what happens in the next book. I'll probably get it at some point. For the length of this book, it took me way too long to finish it, because I just didn't feel compelled to get back to it and find out what would happen next.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Thrapp

    Good intense story. Got me hooked. Now I will have to read the next book in the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emma Hewitt

    The Grid had a good opening with the trial of one of the characters and the explanation of the Grid. Therefore it set the book up from the start presenting the darker more draconian punishment system while not trying going into to much detail; the initial reaction is one of intrigue and sadness. It is a clear story which holds the reader's attention; it shows the devastating effects of a disaster which had lead to the events which unfold in the story where the justice system is forced to change, The Grid had a good opening with the trial of one of the characters and the explanation of the Grid. Therefore it set the book up from the start presenting the darker more draconian punishment system while not trying going into to much detail; the initial reaction is one of intrigue and sadness. It is a clear story which holds the reader's attention; it shows the devastating effects of a disaster which had lead to the events which unfold in the story where the justice system is forced to change, and crime is punishable by prison and the fight for survival. The story remains intriguing and in many ways informative, it is a dark story which set up in stages but saying that it is enjoyable steady paced read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    In a darkly chilling post-apocalyptic story “Grid 1: Fall of Justice” opens in Fortrillium, a prison where Jay, a man incarcerated without a trial has been sentenced to death unless he can beat the odds and survive the Grid. When Max Penner sends in the bots to clean up the mess after Jay’s death they bring back not only a skull but a mysterious Wrist.Com with the initials TS. Growing up in a post-plague world Joe Parsons and Lucy Slater are determined to find out what happened to their fathers a In a darkly chilling post-apocalyptic story “Grid 1: Fall of Justice” opens in Fortrillium, a prison where Jay, a man incarcerated without a trial has been sentenced to death unless he can beat the odds and survive the Grid. When Max Penner sends in the bots to clean up the mess after Jay’s death they bring back not only a skull but a mysterious Wrist.Com with the initials TS. Growing up in a post-plague world Joe Parsons and Lucy Slater are determined to find out what happened to their fathers after they were arrested for treason. Joe living with his shattered mother and his brother in the Climbs has known nothing but poverty since his father was arrested and died in the Grid while Lucy lives on Silk Road where her mother fights for justice after her father disappeared. Working together they are determined to hack into the prison, acquire his father Matt’s records and bring the administration’s corruption to light while unknowingly being stalked in the depths of the sewers by Damien Hunter who’s determined to capture Lucy and use her to blackmail her mother into retiring from her new position as a Law Lord. Yet with only one person ever having walked away from the Grid’s deadly games Lucy and Joe must find a way to survive while her mother and their friends find a means to set them free. Set against the backdrop of a plague that killed millions years before, Paul Teague builds a city of survivors where the wealthy and powerful live on Silk Road which circles the prison at its core and the poor and underprivileged make their home in rat-infested, crumbling apartments in “the Climbs”, the ruins incorporated into the surrounding wall that keeps the plague out and the citizenry in. As Lucy and Joe struggle to survive in one of the cages in “the Soak” the horrific dungeon underneath the river, subplots emerge including Talya Slater’s Presidential appointment as a Law Lord and her fight to overcome Damien Hunter’s plot to kill her daughter Lucy and Joe Parsons; their friend Hannah’s infiltration of the “Gridders” who gaming skills ensure none of the Justice Seekers make it out alive; as well as the mystery of a third party controlling the game. Although short in length, the plot is fast-paced and action-packed, intensity and suspense escalating when Lucy and Joe are captured, their friend Wiz's apartment's ransacked, and an old woman reveals a secret President Josh Delman has kept hidden. With twists and turns, hidden secrets and a surprising betrayal the story heats up, progressing quickly and smoothly to a cliff-hanger that promises more excitement in the sequel. Bringing the story to life are complex and credible characters like Joe Parsons the resourceful and clever tech who has a fear of rats and is sensitive to the plight of others. Lucy Slater is the spirited, streetwise and quick-witted daughter of a newly appointed Law Lord; Wiz their cheerful, compassionate colleague; the socially awkward but skilled tech Mitchell who has a superiority attitude living on Silk Road; and the cunning, brave and resilient Talya Slater who’s determined to overthrow the corrupting influence in the city. Yet it’s the intimidation and cruelty of charming Damien Hunter that lends a dark chill to the story. I liked “Grid 1: Fall of Justice” and look forward to reading the next book in this captivating trilogy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    The Grid by Paul Teague is a dystopian sci-fi story of a post-apocalyptic society that chills the reader. However, before you start reading this book I must forewarn you of the massive cliff hanger. Not just one small thread is left hanging for the next book. The story just stops, as if someone has taken a sword and chopped off the ending. The plot, at its most basic, is nothing new. A few elite, wealthy individuals have easy lives, as long as they play by the rules, the vast majority are repress The Grid by Paul Teague is a dystopian sci-fi story of a post-apocalyptic society that chills the reader. However, before you start reading this book I must forewarn you of the massive cliff hanger. Not just one small thread is left hanging for the next book. The story just stops, as if someone has taken a sword and chopped off the ending. The plot, at its most basic, is nothing new. A few elite, wealthy individuals have easy lives, as long as they play by the rules, the vast majority are repressed and live in horrid conditions. I know, sounds just like The Hunger Games. At least the similarities, for the most part, stop there. What is different is that the characters lack the depth you find in truly great dystopian stories. Oh, the world is different; don’t misunderstand me on that point. There is lots of action too and the plot moves along rapidly, more like an action/thriller novel. In this post-apocalyptic world the haves and have nots are highly segregated and the whole city in which they live is protected by a concrete wall that lets no one in or out. People, regardless of class, are ruled by the heavy hand of Fortrillium which is tightly controlled by one person Damien Hunter. One misstep and you can end up in The Soak the prison where people never escape. No trial, no justice unless you want to take on The Grid and only one person has ever done that and survived. Despite the dangers, a group of young people, made up of both classes of society, are determined to find answers. They have all lost loved ones at the hands of Damien and now they want answers and revenge. These answers will come at a high cost and that is if they can survive The Grid. This is not a bad story. I just never felt connected to the characters. I want to be drawn into the story; and I miss that element when it is not present and no amount of action will make up for it. If you like dystopian stories that have a lot of action The Grid is one book you should read. I struggled with what to rate this one. It is better than a three but not a four either; therefore, I am settling for a 3.5 rating. I am going to round up to four because I believe fans of this genre will be able to overlook the elements I found fault with. See all of my reviews, and author interviews, at www.thespineview.com

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chiyaa Pasal

    This was, or at least started as, a great story. I was drawn into the characters and the world Teague had created. The writing was good, the characters came alive and despite the strong similarities with The Hunger Games and The Running Man, the story was its own. Unfortunately it all came crashing down on the last page when the book ended in the middle of a major plot sequence. For me, that’s for tv shows, not novels. I would have gladly continued with the characters for an extended period but n This was, or at least started as, a great story. I was drawn into the characters and the world Teague had created. The writing was good, the characters came alive and despite the strong similarities with The Hunger Games and The Running Man, the story was its own. Unfortunately it all came crashing down on the last page when the book ended in the middle of a major plot sequence. For me, that’s for tv shows, not novels. I would have gladly continued with the characters for an extended period but not with that utterly blatant attempt to get the reader to purchase further books. Most first introductions to a storyline at least have a self contained story, not one that just ends without any resolutions. Too bad. I don’t expect to pick up another Teague “book”. It would’ve rated much higher if the story was complete. Now I’m just walking away in disappointment after what started as a thoroughly enjoyable read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Juli Manz

    Powerful Mostly well written (not UK v. USA differences which are acknowledged, by this USA reader; grammatical errors in both "English" writing that drive ME nutso!! Example: beginning sentences with object case is NEVER correct, but so often heard (improperly spoken) these days! Exact example? Ok. Who would ever say, "Me went to movie today!" ??? No one. As such, starting him/her is simply not correct. A SUBJECT is needed, and if a personal subject is needed (I, he, she), the person is NEVER fi Powerful Mostly well written (not UK v. USA differences which are acknowledged, by this USA reader; grammatical errors in both "English" writing that drive ME nutso!! Example: beginning sentences with object case is NEVER correct, but so often heard (improperly spoken) these days! Exact example? Ok. Who would ever say, "Me went to movie today!" ??? No one. As such, starting him/her is simply not correct. A SUBJECT is needed, and if a personal subject is needed (I, he, she), the person is NEVER first. So "Lucy, Joe, and I went into the sewers," is always correct. Moving on .... EXCELLENT plot, story line intriguing, and characters who are real and relevant today, in this seemingly CRAZY world. I recognize the present day in Teague's masterful writing skill demonstrating where the world may very possibly be headed; read and pray we don't end up living The Grid!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tim Seabrook

    This is a pretty good story so far. The city is split into two main areas, The Climbs and the Silk Road. A distinct have's and have not's story where injustice is everywhere and a powerful few control the lives and fears of everyone else. A small group of kids from both sides band together to fight the injustices of the system and find out the truth of what is really happening. Placing themselves and anyone they know into harms way while everyone else ignores the problems. It's a mixture of Hunge This is a pretty good story so far. The city is split into two main areas, The Climbs and the Silk Road. A distinct have's and have not's story where injustice is everywhere and a powerful few control the lives and fears of everyone else. A small group of kids from both sides band together to fight the injustices of the system and find out the truth of what is really happening. Placing themselves and anyone they know into harms way while everyone else ignores the problems. It's a mixture of Hunger Games, The Running Man and the Insurgent series. Though there are some nice twists here and there within the story that keeps you reading.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sean Flanagan

    Can't finish; too poorly written Paul Teague has a great imagination and weaves together a variety of characters and situations that are the foundation of a great yarn. However his writing is like that of an adolescent or early teen and destroys my getting caught up in the story. A couple of examples: "He forced his eyes open, it was a real effort. His focus was out at first, but soon it sharpened." "He winced with pain, he’d been thrown into the vehicle with some force earlier, he was bruised and s Can't finish; too poorly written Paul Teague has a great imagination and weaves together a variety of characters and situations that are the foundation of a great yarn. However his writing is like that of an adolescent or early teen and destroys my getting caught up in the story. A couple of examples: "He forced his eyes open, it was a real effort. His focus was out at first, but soon it sharpened." "He winced with pain, he’d been thrown into the vehicle with some force earlier, he was bruised and sore." If poor writing doesn't bother you, I think you might really enjoy this book for it's exciting scenarios and surprise twists.h

  14. 5 out of 5

    PAUL CHIODO

    Nothing special For as much as I enjoy dystopian novels, I was disappointed in thus one. It was confusing at times, but more importantly, it just didn't keep me interested. I also didn't appreciate the ending where you have to read the next installment to find out what happened. Most series at least have an ending that solves the problem of the novel but with an idea of future endeavors upcoming to make you want to continue on to the next book in the series. This one makes it mandatory that you h Nothing special For as much as I enjoy dystopian novels, I was disappointed in thus one. It was confusing at times, but more importantly, it just didn't keep me interested. I also didn't appreciate the ending where you have to read the next installment to find out what happened. Most series at least have an ending that solves the problem of the novel but with an idea of future endeavors upcoming to make you want to continue on to the next book in the series. This one makes it mandatory that you have to go to the next book w/o solving the original program. I will not continue this series. Didn't hold my interest enough.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julie Powell

    This story of part of a boxset by this author so I will just say that part one of The Grid is a fast-paced and disturbing dystopian read that will push you through the pages to the end without you daring to blink. It is certainly based on the evil endeavours of those few in charge (like our world), while characters such as Joe and Lucy battle for justice. There are mysteries yet to be revealed but the sense of place is well done, although, the story was more 'told' than 'shown', leaving the depth This story of part of a boxset by this author so I will just say that part one of The Grid is a fast-paced and disturbing dystopian read that will push you through the pages to the end without you daring to blink. It is certainly based on the evil endeavours of those few in charge (like our world), while characters such as Joe and Lucy battle for justice. There are mysteries yet to be revealed but the sense of place is well done, although, the story was more 'told' than 'shown', leaving the depth of thoughts and feelings untapped. However, I really did enjoy it. It will be interesting to see what happens next. Recommended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christian

    I’m not actually reviewing this book, because it isn’t one. The story is part of a book, perhaps 50% or based on the fact that this is advertised as trilogy 33%. If I had actually payed money for this I would be seriously annoyed, overall the writing is serviceable, but not appealing enough for me to buy the other parts. I do not mind stories told in installments, but I then expect at least some kind of conclusion at the end of the installments, and not just a cliffhanger in the great tradition I’m not actually reviewing this book, because it isn’t one. The story is part of a book, perhaps 50% or based on the fact that this is advertised as trilogy 33%. If I had actually payed money for this I would be seriously annoyed, overall the writing is serviceable, but not appealing enough for me to buy the other parts. I do not mind stories told in installments, but I then expect at least some kind of conclusion at the end of the installments, and not just a cliffhanger in the great tradition of movie serials.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This felt like a mix of The Hunger Games and the Maze Runner. Both series I loved. This doesn’t quite live up to those but I still enjoyed it. There was a lot of information given in this book and much of it felt like a set up for the next book(s). I felt like I had a handle on what was going to happen for most of the book. So much so that I didn’t think I’d continue with the series. Then something happened at the end and now I have to go on. Hoping book two and three are good, or even better!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marescha

    Note : I got this book for free The idea was fun, but it's once again a book thats been chopped in multiple parts to get you to buy more. This would be okay in this case if the separate parts at least had enough body to stand on their own. Instead you get something that's more of an outline than an indepth story, with switches between characters that you don't get to know well enough to really care. Note : I got this book for free The idea was fun, but it's once again a book thats been chopped in multiple parts to get you to buy more. This would be okay in this case if the separate parts at least had enough body to stand on their own. Instead you get something that's more of an outline than an indepth story, with switches between characters that you don't get to know well enough to really care.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liza

    Guilt or innocence is decided by whether or not you can overcome all the trials of The Grid - except The Grid is constantly tweaked so that no-one can win... but the longer the trial lasts, the higher the viewing ratings are. Society is separated into the Haves and HaveNots with a wall between the groups and electronic data checks to ensure that the groups are apart during the night. Great story... but it is a cliff-hanger with the story far from finished.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    How far will you go to help your friends? In the future, the City is divided between those that have nothing, and those that are a little better off. But the balance is fragile. With the threat of losing what little they have, most are willing to turn their heads and keep trying to exist. But there are a few that will fight for justice. Which side would you take?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Action, mystery Similar to Hunger Games, Running Man. If you like those, you will enjoy this book. Book seems short, but has lots happening. Go ahead and get The Grid Trilogy to start reading, the ending of #1 leaves you hanging, wanting more!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Neva Gibson

    Bad stand alone book The books plot was just good. But the kicker is this is not a stand alone. It truly did not finish the story. What a cheap ploy to make u buy the next book. I'm finished i will not read anymore of his books. No longer a fan Bad stand alone book The books plot was just good. But the kicker is this is not a stand alone. It truly did not finish the story. What a cheap ploy to make u buy the next book. I'm finished i will not read anymore of his books. No longer a fan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Martin Meinert

    Force you to read next book Most trilogy’s leave you at a semi ending making you want to get the next book. Not this one. Ended in the middle of a sequence. Good suspense but do not like the tactic. Will not get the next book on principle.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Micha

    Interesting setting Fun story, unusual writing style, looking forward to the next book. I would have liked more of an explanation about the knowledge of "tech" that people had, and perhaps a bit more character development. Interesting setting Fun story, unusual writing style, looking forward to the next book. I would have liked more of an explanation about the knowledge of "tech" that people had, and perhaps a bit more character development.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Willis

    I really enjoyed the worldbuilding in this story. It felt like a mashup of Hunger Games and Running Man. The characters were interesting and the story kept my interest throughout. It was a short, enjoyable read, and a great start to what promises to be a compelling series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Not enough for a full book Story had some interesting elements, characters, etc...but not enough in this for a full book. Interesting enough to keep reading maybe, but would have been better with at least 1&2 together

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    This story just grabbed me from the beginning and rocketed to an insane end. Crazy, sick and wonderfully drawn out tale that keeps you desiring answers that the rest of series will have to complete.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Betty Hoggatt

    Great read! Kept me wanting more.

  29. 4 out of 5

    clive burton

    Well done Chose this rating because it was deserved you felt as if you were with them on trial book was well written characters were believable and you felt there pain

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    this was enjoyable, but I felt like it could have been written more clearly; there were times when I couldn't figure out which character I was reading about and which time frame was referenced. this was enjoyable, but I felt like it could have been written more clearly; there were times when I couldn't figure out which character I was reading about and which time frame was referenced.

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