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Aletheia (The Seventh River #1)

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War. Chaos. Panic. These are the things that tore down a seemingly indestructible society. But for the survivors, it was forgetting who they were that cost them their humanity.

Nearly two decades after the fall, the transcendent city of Iris is the only place rumored to have a cure to the disease that decimated the world. Beyond Iris, are the remnants of the old world, cr
Kindle Edition, 508 pages
Published September 7th 2017 by Cloud Kitten Publishing
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    Aletheia (The Seventh River #1)
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    Ashley Nuckles
    Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This book was more of a 3.75 stars for me, so I rounded up. I'll post my full review written here when I upload a review video to my channel!
    Megan Tennant
    Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
    This book is super awesome and you NEED to read it. Okay, okay, I'm the author so I'm a tiny bit biased. But in all honesty, if you're looking for a dystopian novel with no plot armor, decent amounts of brutality, snippets of humor, and lots of realistic dark dystopian themes, this book is for you. This is DEFINITELY not a Delirium, the Selection, or Matched style dystopian novel. Think Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and Divergent. There will be stabbing, shooting, and dying. If you hate violence, t ...more
    Blaire Hammond
    Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Aletheia by Megan Tennant: SPOILER FREE REVIEW!
    *I was sent an Arc ebook copy of this in exchange for a free and honest review*

    Its been four days since I finished this incredible book and I'm still reeling. To say I'm in desperate need for book two in The Seventh River series, titled Red River, is an absolute understatement! This story is full of action, mystery, love and conspiracy and I truly adored every moment of this book!

    Aletheia follows the story of 736, a young Nameless woman forced to do
    Nina Meli
    Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Note: I received this book in exchange for an honest review, however all thoughts and opinion are my own.

    I really enjoyed this book! I must say I was a tad bit nervous going in because I haven’t been able to find any good dystopian stories lately, but this one delivered! I thought the world building was one of the strongest elements because it really is so hard these days to construct a dystopian society without it being compared to bigger classics like the Hunger Games, Divergent, or Legend. B
    Beth Martin
    Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: dystopian

    Aletheia follows a young woman only known by her number, 736. She lives with the other numbered and nameless people in an underground compound. In exchange for the cure to the awful disease which has ravaged the human population, she gets to live as a slave working to support the utopian city above ground.

    The settings in Aletheia are beautifully described and intricately detailed. There's everything from breathtaking cities to crumbling sewers crawling with zombie-like people infected with the d

    April Sarah
    Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: owned, ebooks
    * I received this book for an honest review.

    Video Review:

    It is safe to say this book had me all over the map with my emotions. There is just so much packed into this read and if there is one thing that creeps me out, it is diseased riddled humans.

    Once I really got into the story I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know what happened even when I was grossed out beyond belief or devastated at what just happened.

    The greatest thing about this read is that Tennant did n
    Dave Wickenden
    Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Move over Suzanne Collins. Megan’s debut dystopian novel is the first in a series that follows the plight of a future survivor known only as 736 from a worldwide virus. Cured of the disease, she and others are virtual slaves to the society that saved them from a horrible degeneration. 736 must use all her cunning and skills to fight for the freedom of her fellow captives in this high tension story.
    With today’s advances and exploration in gene therapy and DNA manipulation, this novel speaks to a
    McKayla Debonis
    Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    *i was given Alethia in exchange for an honest review*

    Another dystopian book that has stolen my heart! Wow.
    In just the first few pages, I knew this book was going to be an amazing 5 star read!

    I’ll have an extended review on my website in a couple days,
    Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: anyone looking for a grim, strongly-written dystopian that tugs heartstrings.
    Let it be known that I don't write this review lightly and that the opinions expressed are my honest thoughts. I first stumbled across Megan Tennant's Twitter account some time ago and followed her mostly due to a mutual interest in writing. For some time I watched her tweet about the book she was working on and her progress with it, and gradually I began to get excited to see her efforts come to fruition. Seeing another person so passionate about writing tends to be infectiously inspiring. When ...more
    Michele Evans
    Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I was absolutely spellbound once this book got its hooks into me. It took a few chapter to get in, but once it started, there was non-stop page turning till the end.

    In this story, a horrible disease has taken over the world. A prophet was given the means to create the cure and created a city, safe from the destruction and aftermath of the disease. But only those he deemed worthy could have a place in this city. Volunteers could get the cure, but the disease robs them of their memories of their f
    A.P. Mobley
    Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is a long book, and I rarely pick up long books from authors I've never read before. However, I follow the author on YouTube and from her writing videos and what she said about 'Aletheia' on there, I eagerly waited the release of this book.

    First off, I will say that I believe this book is on par with 'The Hunger Games' and 'The Giver'. Those are two of my favorite dystopia novels, and I think anyone who loves the genre will be obsessed with this.

    The world building in this book is incredib
    Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    William Shakespeare wrote: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” That is what Aletheia is about.

    The main character, 736, has forgotten her past. She lives underground in the city of Iris in indefinite indentured servitude, the price she paid for the cure to a disease that renders those infected into mindless, rambling Depraved. They took her name and gave her a number. And she is not alone. Over one-thousand “Nameless” toil in inhuman conditions
    Ashley Muriello
    Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book was amazing! Every second of it kept me on the edge of my seat and I could not put it down. The thing I enjoyed most of all, was that I actually liked the main character for once. I have been reading so many books with Mary Sue characters, that 736 was a huge relief. She was a likeable character who had equal strengths and weaknesses, She didn't have every man and woman fawing over her, and her personality was likeable and at the same time very realistic. I loved the romance in the sto ...more
    Nikki Yager
    Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: for-review
    Fantastic read! Had a really difficult time putting it down, especially in the 2nd half
    Camille Dent
    Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fiction
    **I received a free PDF version of Aletheia for review. However, this does not affect the honesty of my review**

    Check out my full video review here:

    Aletheia is about a post-apocalyptic community, Iris, fighting for their survival against the diseased world outside. Their population is divided into seven divisions of specialized labor, though a new mysterious eighth has been announced at the beginning of the book. Our protagonist (736--each division member is given a
    I stopped halfway through chapter 10, but I was beta-reading, so the finished book will probably be very different from what I got to read.
    The thing that really got to me was the tropes. They were all there: redheaded teenage girl with an attitude, love interest with special eye color, girl is only clumsy around L.I., a bully that bullies for no apparent reason etc. Sigh...
    But Megan Tennant can write quite well, and I'm sure she'll develop into a great writer.
    *First of all I want to thank Megan Tennant for an Arc Copy of this book for an honest review.*

    Have you ever been afraid of waking up and finding out that there’s a disease that erases all or your memories? That every second you don’t remind yourself who you are you might forget? That there’s also different stages to this disease where you’ve forgotten who you are and everyone you’ve ever loved, but also turned into a rabid human being trying to kill or eat anything that gets in your way. There’
    Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    While I was sent this book in return for an honest review, I can honestly say it was truly an amazing read!

    Aletheia is a sci-fi /dystopic story about a girl known as 736. In this world, the nameless work underground, serving the city and people that brought them the cure to a disease that destroys one's ability to make new memories. The disease takes away memories, the cure takes away their freedom.

    Firstly, THE WORLD BUILDING. This is one of the few sci-fi novels I've managed to get into. The at
    Holly Gardiner
    Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I was fortunate enough to read this book as a beta reader, and while I found it difficult to get into it initially I found myself completely absorbed by it very quickly. I finished over a month ago and I'm still thinking about it, what's going to happen, and how Much I got attached to these characters. Has a very similar feel to divergent and the hunger games, I would highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of dystopian YA Fiction! Can't wait for it to be published so I can read it again
    Holly King
    Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I read a beta version of this book, so things might have changed when it comes to the published version.
    I loved it. Characters I could root for and a story line that took me up and down on a roller-coaster. If you are squeamish or are particularly sensitive, this might not be the story for you, but you can deal then its definitely 100% something you should invest your time into reading.
    Lindsay Bilgram
    Not giving this a star rating because I don't know what I'd give it...
    Rachel Thijssen
    OMG Greek mythology and Dystopian? Gimme!
    Felicia Allen
    Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    LOVED IT!!!!!!!!
    Courtney Corboy
    Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book had me hooked from the first page. Nothing in this book is incomplete. Everything is well planned. It's easy to see how much sweat, blood, and tear was spilled to create this masterpiece. I highly recommend this book.
    Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I love a good dystopian novel and Aletheia did not disappoint. I found the characters and the society that Megan has built engaging and different from the mass of dystopian YA novels filling up bookstores currently. I would strongly recommend this novel (and hopefully it's sequel soon!) to anyone that enjoyed Red Rising or Divergent.
    Anniken Haga
    Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: sci-fi, 2017, ya
    So I was lucky enough to be allowed to be a beta reader for this book.
    Some of you may know that I'm not the biggest fan of YA dystopian, so I was skeptical going into this book.
    I was pleasantly surprised!

    For while this is a YA dystopian, it had a lot of originality.
    It escaped a lot of the tropes within the genre, and had some original twists I enjoyed.
    There is a love story, but I actually enjoyed this part of the story.
    It wasn't the main focus, and the way the love built was believable.
    Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I prefer video reviews over written reviews, so my reviews and discussions are always in the form of a video on my channel, linked below. But I will say that I gave this 3/5 stars!
    Sydney Nowaski
    Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Before I go any further, I want to point out that I was a beta reader, so I was going off an unfinished work. That said, even with it's faults, this book was thoroughly enjoyable. I'm not much of a dystopian reader, but with the right book I can make an exception, and this counted. I loved the world, and I appreciate her version of zombies with the Depraved. The characters are enjoyable, especially a certain one named Arson. I wasn't the biggest fan of the romance, but again, I got an early edit ...more
    Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Well, ordinarily, indie authors get 4-5 stars from me without much hesitation, but two things frustrate me so much.

    First the good. The book is pretty flawlessly written I think. Elegant descriptions, good mix of description and dialogue, no typos that I saw or weak sentences. It's one of those rare books I'd go so far as to say it's perfectly-written. Only other book I said that about was Harry Potter.

    So indie author (I think) + perfectly written... How can I give it two stars!?

    First, the book i
    Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This book was an interesting intersection between a typical NA Dystopian/Post Apoc and a zombie novel. And though I couldn't describe the Depraved as "zombies" the effect they had was similar. The book boasted great character building, smooth, easy to read prose, and a few really heart-pounding moments.
    The main character was easy to connect with, relatable, but fit nicely in the world. My favorite character by far was Arson, and I wish there was more of it. It really does have a great, wide c
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    Hey guys!
    My name is Megan Tennant, and yes I'm writing this bio in first person, because I find writing about myself in third person super awkward.

    So, I'll tell you a little about myself. Let's get the crazy out of the way first. I was born in California, but lived in Costa Rica for 7 years, exploring abandoned towns in the middle of jungles, sleeping with a raccoon on my pillow, bottle raising c
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