Publication Date: June 20, 2013
Fallon was raised as a ward of the state and has been protected from the world living under a philosophy of always looking and moving forward. When his life changes, it changes completely. He is drafted as a historian for a resistance type group. Fallen will experience emotions he never dreamed existed and have new adventures in life and love.
The author, K.B. Shaw, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.
Neworld Papers Series 1: The Historian’s Tale is told from Fallon’s point of view. He is someone who has experienced little and sees everything with fresh eyes when partnered with his counter-culture friends. He is a chronicler of the experience—a true observer. There is wonder, excitement, fear and infatuation in Fallon’s narrative and they all remain somehow distant from Fallon the character. He is relaying what he sees and conveying what he feels. His experience with Aidan is a story happening in the moment that feels long in the past. There is a charm and innocence to the character and an ageless knowledge that colors his discovery of new life for the reader.
The Dark Men are an adversarial force in the story. Somewhat ambiguous, though Fallon at one point knew one of them. They act on behalf of the council are frequently referenced in loose terms. In this loose development, Shaw very cleverly leaves them as a baddie of unpredictable means. I recently read an article about how to construct a good baddie and one of the points was that if your baddie is a system, that they must have a human embodiment and The Dark Men serve that purpose beautifully. There is a sense of horror connected with them from the moment they burn a house down trapping the residents in tunnels below.
With some characters there is a lack of development that is not uncommon in first-person point of view stories. We see what the character telling the story sees; and they are limited in impression to what they see and hear. Frequently a question in this sort of storytelling is if we can trust the storytelling. As stated before, Fallon is detached from her story so he does come off as quite credible. His descriptions are vivid.
Neworld Papers Series 1: The Historian’s Tale is very cleanly edited. There were no errors that I saw whether in name, context or punctuation. The cleanly edited story allows a plot flow that conveys hope in a suspected place called Earth to which he and his friends cling. There are themes in Shaw’s story not appropriate for young children and that the new wave of adults that are embracing young adult fiction may appreciate. If you are a fan of works that feature young adults fighting the systems in dystopian societies, Neworld Papers Series 1: The Historian’s Tale is for you.
KB Shaw has worked in theater, education and computer design. He created the interface and more than 600 educational programs for the EduNet Network. Neworld Papers Series 1: The Historian’s Tale is the first in a planned series of novels.