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It's been 10 years since the world officially ended. In the last city on Earth, Jon Salt is addicted to Sadness, a drug that invokes its name, and obsessed with his . download a discounted ePUB of Intentional Dissonance online from Australia's leading click on the author's name, or use the search box above to find your eBook. Intentional Dissonance book. To ask other readers questions about Intentional Dissonance, please sign up. . Shelves: e-books, favorites, dystopian.
He can't live without his daily fix. Unhappiness has become a designer drug, with lots of subtle variations. There's the sadness you get when your dog dies. The sadness you felt that day when Daddy left forever. The misery you experience when you wake up and realize you've squandered your talents. And, for the hard core users, the dreaded 'We need to talk.
And he talks directly to the reader, which made me feel like he was in the room with me.
Which was kind of unsettling, really. There is a lot of torture, high-speed mechanical horse chases, drug use, mobsters, PTSD flashbacks, and awkward teen dating encounters. Pretty much no sex, though. This is a short book, and it takes a while to get off the ground, but once it does, it doesn't let up. There's also a lot of weird little asides about depressing things that have happened over the years, and the last page is one of those dot patters that you stare at and it makes a 3D picture.
I guess. I can never get those damn things to work.
Bonus Factor: Crazy Sidekicks So Jon busts out of prison with the help of Edward, who is half-tree, and therefore is enormously powerful and can regenerate; and One Eye, a mute assassin who is covered in black cloth except for, you know, one eye. And we're just kind of supposed to accept that. It had something to do with The End catastrophe. Or something. The one time Edward is going to explain how he became a tree or why he was born that way , it turns out to be a ruse to distract the guards.
In another book, I'd call it lazy writing. But Intentional Dissonance is the literary equivalent of a two-day bender, so I just kind of started to roll with the punches.
If my friend was a tree, I'd make his life hell with racially insensitive jokes. I can't fully describe this book in a blog post. I can only fully relate this reading experience via interpretive dance. Watch this space.
This book made me doubt my own sanity and the very existence of the universe as I know it. But raging madness is a small price to pay for this quick, enjoyable little read. Disclosure: Got this for free from Central Avenue Publishing, which sounds like some kind of front for the Mafia. Also, this book totally isn't YA. There were enough flashbacks to Jon's teenage years to keep me wondering, but this really wasn't young adult. It's like, right in the name of this website, you know?
Remember that before you request a review. I wish I had the words to describe this book but not only do I not have them, no one does because they don't exist.
Dec 09, Amani rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've read reviews from people expecting this to be somewhat similar to I Wrote This For You, and disappointed that it isn't. But I think it's just as beautiful. This is a book about what happens after the end of the world. The writing is superb, and I knew it would be, knowing Iain's writing style. Honestly, I'm speechless. I might come back I've read reviews from people expecting this to be somewhat similar to I Wrote This For You, and disappointed that it isn't.
I might come back and write a proper review but for now, that's it. This is going to sound ridiculous but throughout this book I was just thinking: Iain understands. Jan 11, Andrew rated it did not like it. Describes a post-apocalyptic world with characters I couldn't care less about. So melodramatic. He consumes Sadness because the govnermnet is pumping some other chemical into the water supply to make everyone happy.
The protagonist seems to think Sadness is the more authentic state for him. I have to ask though- what is he so sad about? Its been ten years since the world changed. Thats more then enough time to adapt. Addi Describes a post-apocalyptic world with characters I couldn't care less about. Additionally, he lives with the woman of his dreams, and has all the basic necessities and then some. This makes him come across as immature and quite unlikeable. All other characters and the setting suffer because of the self absorbed narrator.
The reader learns next to nothing about any of the other supporting characters: This is because all you ever hear about is how hard life is for the main character. The net affect is: When the 'real Michelle' is revealed and betrays the main character. You don't care either way.
The 'real Michelle' might as well be an anonymous person and the protagonists reaction to her is straight up demented- insisting that they have had real experiences together when they have not.
When the protagonists side kicks die- Edward and One Eye- its fast and evokes almost no emotional reaction. I attribute this to the fact that they are both almost completely undeveloped. Edward is basically an anonymous ent tree man given a name. One eye is mysterious, but essentially boils down to a killing machine. The main conflict in the story is the protagonists desire to be happy, and inability to do so. The only physical conflict is the doctor trying to apprehend him so he can exploit his supernatural gift to try and encourage mankind to be better.
I found neither appealing. This book, on top of being unengaging, is also weird from a technical perspective. The story is told from a 1st person perspective, but the protogonist refers to himself in the third person. Additionally, this approach is broken a couple times when the narrator suddenly starts describing events he should be completely unaware of.
The one cool idea in the book was the idea of teleporters glitching out and causing endless loops of events. What ruined it for me is when at the end of the book- the author copy and pastes the entire first chapter and wants you to reread it again- implying such a loop. From a continuity perspective it makes no sense- as no other loop in the book indicated the person in the loop could ever see themself at another point of the loop, but the main character does see himself committing suicide in the distance.
It just feels like another gimmick. I rarely dislike a book so much. One of the final lines of the book was: I stop existing.
View all 3 comments. Jan 03, Jessica Harris rated it it was amazing. There are no words to describe the beauty and intensity of this book. download it, read it, and spend countless hours, days, weeks, even years thinking about this book. It will haunt you. It will make you question your very existence.
To say it will be one of the best books you've ever read is an understatement. Dec 09, Leslie rated it really liked it Shelves: Reminded me a bit of Watchmen, Matrix, Inception, and a bit of Lauren Oliver's Delirium although there's actually nothing like it. I guess it's mainly because of the book's atmosphere and ambiance It's overwhelmingly smart -- a social commentary of what we're doing and what we have, illustrated metaphorically by taking all of that away.
I feel numb! I just finished reading this book and I don't know how to describe how I'm feeling right now, it simply blew my mind Dec 04, Marie rated it liked it.
This was a book that I have been really looking forward to eversince I found out that the author would be coming up with a new book. I caught glimpses of it from excerpts published in social media sites and they kept me interested and wanting for more. Each entry is full of emotions and they get to resound deep within me.
They have a way of expressing thoughts and emotions that I keep inside me that I get emotional with so This was a book that I have been really looking forward to eversince I found out that the author would be coming up with a new book.
They have a way of expressing thoughts and emotions that I keep inside me that I get emotional with some of the entries I read. Despite that, I found them intensely therapeutic. I was expecting that kind of connection when I read Intentional Dissonance.
I was expecting emotions to just flow through the writing but somehow, I was not abe to get them or rather I was not able to "feel". I felt quite disconnected from what I was reading, both from the plot and the characters.
There were moments where I felt really confused with what was happening and how certain things were supposed to happen. Up until now, I still feel quite confused with some of the scenes. I was really expecting something great for this book and I feel dissapointed. I admit though that I've read this book during a very stressful time so perhaps this has affected how I've read it and has kept me distracted and disconnected.
But still, don't we read in order to take us away from "reality" and find comfort from what we read? I'm giving it another chance and I'll be reading it again this Christmas break.
This would ensure the no-stress environment and enable me to focus fully on reading the book. Will keep you posted. Mar 30, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: Apr 02, Khaled rated it really liked it. Having finished this book? The setting of the world, to the drugged bystander, does not seem to be much bleaker than the next piece of post-apocalyptica, but the author manages quite a few searing stabs at the reader's ash-encrusted heart to make it worthwhile.
The storytelling also has its own character that contributes to the aforementioned act of heart-prick, and adds other elements of novelty to the book.
There are books in whi Having finished this book? There are books in which the world is so rich and colorful that it breathes life into the reader, and others where it is vast and barren enough to shrink their lungs, but this one is neither. Although the world is more than dystopian enough for one to appreciate their own, the message is not a rebellion against the tyranny of of a misapplied political philosophy, or a potential world order arising from nuclear warfare.
And which war, after all is not personal at some level?
A glorious struggle, indeed, with blood and tears to show. So despite lacking the elements of grandiose found in other, shall I say, more epic dystopias, this one stands its ground fairly well by other merits, and declares the ship of post-apocalyptic fiction to be still capable of delivering both hope and pain. View 2 comments.
May 16, Tani Boyer rated it it was amazing. I cried so hard reading this book I felt this book so deeply that I had moments of shock. How could someone write something so brilliant and touching and painful and creative? I stopped reading it before the ending because I just couldn't bear finishing it And when I got to the end, I was blown away. I am speechless Btw, does anyone know anything about t I cried so hard reading this book Btw, does anyone know anything about the scan code in the back of the book?
View 1 comment. Wow this messed me up. Nov 15, Hasina Suliman rated it it was amazing. Intentional Dissonance surpasses expectation. It is the type of book that conforms to a medley of genres that leave one wondering 'What next? The words are woven together eloquently, with charming descriptions that leave you reflective and introspective.
It makes you wonder about your own life and if you're well read and an avid nerd you Intentional Dissonance surpasses expectation. It makes you wonder about your own life and if you're well read and an avid nerd you will pick up the conceptualizations of binary and epic photography which has been now converted into phrases.
Ian Thomas has under-rated brilliance of being concise in describing picturs in one linters that are laced with the ability to say so much in just afew words. Some books conclude in a way that makes you feel like you have lost your best friend when you reach the end; Not this book! Intentional dissonance prevents you from skipping to the End, and leaves you with an obscure anticipation of reading it again. An amazing read once you get into it.
May 03, Chris Eells rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm not a huge fan of short books Intentional Dissonance brings to mind Orwell's Short works require the author to plunge you into the story immediately with little to no background and that rarely works for me. Thomas pulled it off in spades though. Dystopian society I don't even know what to say about this one. It won't be for everyo I'm not a huge fan of short books It won't be for everyone While I hope you do not identify overly much with the protagonist, for those who do, you will know implicitly the appeal.
I cannot recommend this work enough! Personally recommended to me by my friend Valerie! Thank you! Dec 06, Jammy Baldivino rated it it was amazing.
Why you should read this Intentional Dissonance 1. The author is Iain S. Nuff said. Every words and phrases are perfectly written. There will be a lot of realizations while reading this book. It will teach you a lot of moral lesson about life. You will relate yourself to Jon. Each one of us has our own "Sadness". One of the best book ever written. Jan 10, Rania Attafi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 13, Hamsa rated it it was amazing Shelves: How could someone write something so painful and creative and touching?
This book was tragically heartbreaking in a beautiful way. Apr 17, Alexander Glerup rated it it was amazing.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A Finnegans Wake you can actually read.
Apr 27, Alya AlShaibani rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 08, Todd Brewick rated it it was amazing. Feb 28, Jennifer Enocksen rated it it was amazing.
Intentional Dissonance by Ian S. You may know him as pleasefindthis, the new media artists and author behind I Wrote This For You, the amazing blog turned book. I am not one of those people.
This is not poetry. B trust me, this one is a whammy. But, really, it kind of is. The book is set in Newland, the last remaining city on post-apocalyptic Earth after The End. What remains of civilization is ruled by a mysterious, dictatorial government that ensures happiness by drugging the water supply with antidepressants.
If someone is not happy, the government makes it their responsibility to make them happy. Speaking of sadness, our main character, Jon Salt, is addicted to it. Our dear narrator is a junkie. He consumes vials of sadness, feeding his intense need to simply feel something. Its a beautiful paradox when compared to our society, and the drugs and alcohol we consume simply longing to feel nothing.
Oh, and speaking of our society, this novel will make you question every aspect of it. It is a haunting tale that will stick with you.