The Biomass Revolution (The Tisaian Chronicles) de Smith, Nicholas

de Smith, Nicholas - Género: English
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Smith, Nicholas Publisher: Great Wave Ink Publishing, Year: 2013 ISBN: 9780989244701

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I don't rate my own books, but I will use this as an opportunity to share Author Arthur Bradley's review from Amazon. Arthur is a VineVoice and is listed in Amazon's Top 100 Reviewers.

"The Biomass Revolution is an exciting escapist adventure set in the world of Tisaia--mankind's last bastion of technology and civilization. The rest of the world has been devastated by the nuclear Biomass Wars. Which before I forget, the details of that war would be a great "look back" novel (hint, hint). Lots of possibilities to show how the world arrived at where it did. The main protagonist is Spurious Timur, a likable guy who comes to realize that his parents were what many might consider part of a terrorist movement. As reality comes more into focus, he begins to question just which side is good and which is evil. Events unfold and he eventually finds himself having to choose sides if there is any hope of replacing the corrupt government.

In many ways, this book reminded me of others that feature worlds in which the masses are being held in check. For that matter, I could name half a dozen countries that are not so different in the world today. And while the theme was rather familiar, fortunately, the story wasn't formulaic. Clearly the author, Nicholas Smith, took his time creating this world not only on the page but also in his mind. As others have said, this made the world seem real and important, not just a stage prop to quickly be torn down.

For a first novel, this was really a standout book. They say that there is one good book in everyone, but I hope to see more from Nicholas Smith."5 s Lit Bug160 473

The first in The Tisaian Chronicles series, The Biomass Revolutions is a post-apocalyptic dystopian novel featuring a closed, secretive authoritarian state Tisaia seeking to withhold precious biomass energy reserves to itself by means of controlling closely the lives of its citizens through advanced technology such as personal AIs and a ruthless force of armed personnel infamous as the Royal Knights, who would either exterminate dissidents or throw them into the Wastelands to die. Spurious, the protagonist, is a restless, dissatisfied young man working as part of the Tisaian machinery when several encounters change his life and he finds himself one of the prime dissidents, and becomes not only a witness, but also a major player in the revolution between Squad 19, the rebellious forces that battle the tyrannical Royal Knights backed by their State.

The premise is intriguing and interesting – with global energy crises looming over our present selves, and a third World War imminent in the near future over energy reserves and potential resources, a plot this immediately perks up expectations – SF, post-apocalyptic and energy wars are a great mix. However, the plot is weak in terms of details. There is only a bare outline of the energy crisis, the ensuing political wars, the actual World War that led to the creation of a completely new world. Beyond the routine life of Squad 19, we hardly know anything about those immigrants who have been pushed out of the State. This lack of details makes it very difficult for the reader to empathize fully with the situation. We have read enough 1984-esque tales – now it is these details that will make one book stand out from another. A good detailing of how exactly this post-apocalyptic society came about would have made a massive difference to the plot.

The technology depicted is very sophisticated in some places, such as the AIs, while very outdated in other places, such as the use of radios for transmissions. It is difficult to imagine the same place where we have radios, not cellphone, but intelligent computers and AIs for each home.

Some of the characters are pretty well drawn, and it was a pleasure to see prominent characters die instead of letting them drag the story. Spurious seemed believable, as well as his friends – the scenes in the apartment were well-depicted.

The dialogues took up most of the space – they might have been edited more tightly for a more coherent storyline and embedded with more details about the past rather than the mundane details the readers have already anticipated.

Some of the major drawbacks of this work are lack of credible world-building coupled with somewhat loose editing and commonplace dialogues. However, the characters are very well-drawn and do not linger more than they are needed in the plot. The reasons cited for internal disturbances too are credible and it does not jar the imagination to think of a similar world taking its place in the midst of such a war.

It seems that with further detailing and better editing, the work can become a really good work of the dystopian genre. The premise is very strong, lacking only proper details.dystopia fiction novels ...more4 s Vicki Elia443 11

Audiobook Review
2 Stars

I'd to provide a critical review for the author as well as readers rather than simply proffering a less than readable review.

Rating is comprised of:
Concept = 5
Character development = 2
Storyline = 3
Execution = 2
Technical writing = 2

Biomass: Revolution is either a post-apocalyptic or a dystopian novel, yet fails to meet the bar of either one. The concept is highly original, but after 10+ hours of audio, the reader still doesn't know what Biomass is. They understand that the government has taken over in a quarantined city and is able to provide food and power, and that residents live as slaves to the government. History has been banned but rumors of the past survive. Nuclear holocausts have occurred, and the government says the rest of the world has been wiped out. Sub-classes of immigrants are banned to ghettos, and there is a clear power hierarchy. A state worker by the name of Spurious is tapped by a mysterious man to become the savior of the world. A revolutionary group rises up to fight the power machine and free the world.

All well and good. But here are some recommendations:
- Name the protagonist something other than Spurious. That within itself was enough to make me initially think I was listening to a graphic novel super-hero book. A person named Spurious (false, illegitimate) could easily be interpreted as disposable, and in fact, an antagonist. Please check a Thesaurus.
- Name the power entities something other than 'Knights.' This is so overworked it has no novelty or power itself. Regardless of the popularity of Game of Thrones or fantasy video games, unless you're writing about historical figures, a Knights class is another turn-off.
- Spend time wisely developing characters with unique characteristics, not just cardboard cut-outs of characters you've run across in the past. Spurious (I called him Sam because that name just gagged me) was so sappy and flat you don't bond with him. Had he been killed in the story, it would have been fine.
- Don't inject a Mad Max Thunderdome Gladiator scene. It is very cliche and wasted reader time. It feels it was simply thrown in as sensationalism.
- Be more creative with prose, or at least adjectives. For example, when Spurious thinks amorously of Lena, his girlfriend, he describes her with 'perky eyebrows.' If a man is having a romantic encounter with a woman and tells her she has perky eyebrows, he's going to get smacked. Try writing 'smooth, silky eyebrows,' or forget discussing them.

In summary, the book read process writing with a great concept, but delivered with agonizing stock scenes. If there is a sequel, I won't read it.

It would be interesting to know the intended audience, and why people wrote 5-Star ranting . 4 s QuietIdea179 72

The year is 2071 and everyone is being watched. A revolution is taking place and Spurious a state worker for Tisia, is on a mission to find out the truth after the love of his life, Lana, gets into trouble. Obi is the leader of TDU, a rebel army trying to bring down Tisia at any cost. Then there is Alexander Augustus and Tinus, leaders of Tisia and Tisia's Knights (a squad of elite military enforcers).

I think this story had a decent concept idea--a futuristic society under heavy government surveillance, after a nuclear war over a newly discovered fuel. The choices the characters had to make were moral quagmire in a good way; naive State-workers must choose between staying loyal to a dictatorship, or supporting the TDU who aren't any better than terrorists. The TDU had to struggle with cost of collateral damage that came with trying to achieve their end game, while the villainous Knights had to commit horrible acts on orders from above or have their loyalty questioned. Meanwhile Immigrants from before the war are being held in concentration camps being forced to fight for their right to keep breathing one more day...

However. I don't think there was enough follow through. My first complaint, is that this story never once explained what the new Biomass actually is and that's sort of an important thing to leave out, considering the world destroyed itself, fighting over it. Then on top of that confusion, there is too much going on, with too many characters, and that makes the story harder to follow. At the 70% mark, you expect a story to start tying loose ends, but it was still introducing new characters and subplots. Much of the narration is well done, imaginative and descriptive, except for when the author switched from small words to bigger ones--I love big words so you wouldn't think I'd find a problem there...And I wouldn't have, had the author known the correct definition and used those words correctly.

The characters were fairly enjoyable despite being hard to connect to, if only because they were creatures of action. They kept the story moving. But then they open their mouths and the dialogue falls flat, revealing plot holes. Lana and Spurious, feeling insecure in their own thoughts, wondering if the one ever notices the other. Then all of a sudden they're confessing their love for each other without really knowing each other. It's too easy, too cliche. This isn't a Disney story. Or how about Spurious and Leo? You meet a stranger in an alleyway in a ghetto and he knows more about you than you do, and your first instinct is stop and have polite chit chat? Then with the TDU; some of the scenes with Obi are really engaging. But then fight scenes occur where the "Good Guys" surmount insurmountable odds as if by magic. All the while character dialogue continues to drop snippets of information that the speaking character couldn't possibly know.

I see a lot of 5 and 4 star for this book both on Amazon and on GoodReads, so it seems I'm in the minority with this review. It certainly didn't help my attitude that by the end of the book, the nature of Biomass still hadn't been revealed. Leaving me wondering, whether or not the author even knew the answer. And if the author doesn't know which characters are good or bad, what the main characters hope to achieve, what started the war, or why he's even telling the story....What hope does the reader have, of knowing these things?dystopia freebies loaners-for-kindle ...more2 s Richard StephensonAuthor 17 books843

Nicholas Smith is an excellent writer with a bright future ahead of him. His talent at writing is far above the indie crowd and I highly suggest this book to anyone who enjoys a good dystopian read.

The characters were fascinating and well developed, the story moves along at steady pace that makes the book hard to put down. Plenty of twists and turns with exciting characters from both sides of the story's conflict. This book is on the same level of George Orwell's 1984, that might be a bold claim, but the Biomass Revolution rates that well. I was very impressed with this novel.

I also enjoyed that the book was portrayed in a plausible, realistic future that could happen to us in our distant future. 1 Mike125 12 Shelved as 'abandoned'

This was a DNF so I'm not scoring it; I don't think it's fair when I didn't even make it halfway through. (And who knows. Maybe it magically got excellent at 51%.)

It's too bad, because this could have been a great story. I thought the premise was a good one, and the blurb made it sound twisty and excellent with the dystopia and all the shades of gray...

It wasn't well-written, though. The prologue wasn't terrible, but in the first chapter the lack of expertise really shined through. For example, the first chapter opens with an office scene. The details seemed the wrong ones to tell, the dialogue sounded stilted, and the magic some writers work to put the reader into the scene were ineffective. If this were a play, it'd be one put on by a third-rate high school drama club with an adviser who wants to be coaching something sporty: overacted and unsubtle and amateurish.

Other things about the writing bugged me as well. Part of what made the dialogue sound so stilted was the underuse of contractions. People talk in contractions, so "listening" to the words in my head sounded unrealistic. I caught some wrong tenses and incorrect punctuation; I was particularly bothered by the commas. The language choices were bland. And the characters, at least in the beginning, came off as far too stereotypical to be realistic; a character is supposed to sound a real person, not a foil to the MC, not one-dimensional, and certainly not an excuse to make a point.

I could accept any of these things to an extent - it's not I don't make thousands of mistakes all the freaking time! - but when the writing becomes a distraction rather than a vehicle, I just have to give up. And that's just it: I'm not trying to sell my writing. Someone who is actually collecting cash has a certain responsibility to make it as perfect as possible.

There are probably plenty of people for whom writing quality is secondary to a good story, or at least who aren't bothered by my particular peeves, and that's completely valid. It just didn't work for me.dystopia science-fiction1 Don ViecelliAuthor 25 books27

From My Newsletter Number 64:

This review is on The Biomass Revolution, which is Book One Of The Tisaian Chronicles by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. It is the second book I have read by this author.

The story is set in 2071 after the world was almost destroyed by nuclear missiles during WWIII decades earlier. Survivors of the holocaust try to survive in the Wastelands or in the new country of Tisaia where the local State government rules.

The Biomass War started when the Tisaian Corporation created Biomass energy and refused to share it with others. Biomass is a new fuel source that supplies all the energy needed by the State. The State is protected and guarded by the Royal Knights.

Spurious Timur works in government services in the town of Lunia near what was once called Chicago. His parents were killed years earlier in the ongoing Biomass Revolution when Spurious was young. Spurious begins to question the new government rules against immigrants and others opposed to the government.

A rebel force called the Tisaian Democratic Union or TDU is fighting against the authoritative government and Royal Knights. They are outnumbered and need to gain more public support to win the war. Spurious must decide whether or not to join them.
The situation gets more violent as the war escalates.

I give this book three stars because I d the plot, but I found the story drags on a bit too long in the beginning before it turns to the more interesting revolution efforts by the TDU. The author finally connects all the characters and story elements together in the end for what I think are a satisfying conclusion.
1 Robynn Bodinsky23 4

This book was a dystopian novel where the production of a new bio-fuel and the greed of the people controlling this fuel leads to a nuclear war. The world is left divided between the people who seemingly have everything and the people who have nothing. Not everything is as it seems though and luxury has a step price. The government controls everything. They control where you go, who you see, and even who you marry. These laws are carried out by a ruthless army of nights that holds no regard for safety or well being of the innocent people they "protect". I gave this book 4 stars. I found this book hard to sink into due to all the collective viewpoints. I found myself constantly questioning why the author would use this writing style when it would be easier to empathise with a singe character. Although it was frustrating in the beginning I soon understood why the author made this choice. The book gets more interesting after the first 15% of the book which is about the time when the story started coming together and you began to understand the true ruthlessness of the government. The way the book was written helps the reader understand what life was to live in Tisaia. I recommend this book and look forward to reading the Nicholas Sansbury Smith's second book; INTO THE GREY WASTELANDS. 20131 Marcus64 20

I was torn between a two and three star rating of this book. And i decided to go with the three star, because my biggest grip with the book has more to do with the delivery of the storyline and not the storyline itself. The thing I d about the story was the originality of the story. Most dystopians are very predicatable with a female protaganist who is saving the world or atleast the country. And falls in love at the end. Which was of course was forbidden. And this is not that type of story.

But the thing I didn't was the multiple POVs, I was not feeling that. Because there were certain POVs you instantly loved and others, I really could care less what happened to them. And because of this the flow of the book and story felt a little choppy. I have never been a fan of books that have multiple POVs.

But what I did is how the book and story comes all together at the end. Especially with all the POVs. The story was one of the most original for the dystopian genre. I d how it used the bio-fuel theme. I d the realism of how it protrayed war as dirty and full of death. That people you d and didn't , people who were guilty and innocent civilians were all possible casualties of war. I always a fan when a book has a good sense of realism.

Considering that I believe this is Sansbury first real published work he did a good job. 1 D. WatsonAuthor 5 books10

I have to start by saying I don't normally read dystopian novels, I often find them too bleak, but in Biomass Revolution there is a sense of hope almost from the beginning. The story centers around a state worker named Spurious who lives in a walled nation state called Tisia on an earth scorched by the fires of a nuclear war. Spurious' parents were the founders of a rebel movement called the TDU, which is fighting against a corrupt government intent on its own isolation to preserve a seemingly unlimited power source called Biomass. In Tisia, laws are enforced by heavily armored soldiers of the Council of Royal Knights, who act with the same impunity of the ancient samurai. After he is betrayed by his girlfriend to the CRK, Spurious finds himself on the front lines of the war between the group his parents founded and the state he has served his entire life.
In Biomass, we see a society that is struggling to overcome its past and find its way to the future it was founded to be. Tisia is a land where power and fear are the biggest influences and Mr. Smith does a wonderful job introducing us to a future not too far off. His paints a vivid description of a land and a people struggling to fulfill their promise and I look forward to reading more from this author.1 Laurie Collins49

Tisaia IS everything that it seems, and that's one of the things wrong with this book. I kept reading it, thinking that biomass would be a revelation. I guess I was thinking in terms of Charleton Heston saying something "soylent green is people!" I didn't want biomass to be people, but I guess I was expecting more. The book was uneven. There were lots of characters, and they were sort of brought together at the end. But the first half of the book is working toward a relationship, and then the second half is just men fighting. I stopped reading and started skimming about halfway through, just because I really love dystopian novels and was waiting for it to catch my attention again. It didn't.1 Michelle Stuart16 1 follower

This was a really good book and very well written. The only reason I took off a star was because I couldn't get into it. I think what would have made it more exciting for me is if each of the chapters and mini-chapters(I don't know what they're called:)) ended with a cliffhanger. The way they ended I kept finding myself saying, it should have stopped there! But then there were a few more sentences that took out the drama, and I felt I could just stop without having to keep reading which is why I think it took me so long to finish. There were a few cheesy parts as well, but all in all it was an interesting story and I enjoyed it. :)1 Katie Coscia19 2

It saddens me to give this book two stars but I was given the book for an honest review. The story was good, but I found it difficult at times due to the fact that there were too many characters and scene changes. I didn't find myself growing attached to characters because every few pages I met a new one. The ending was nice however, and drew a parallel to the main character but the scattered feel ended up leaving me unsatisfied overall. I personally need strong characters that I can form a bond with and this book did not provide me with that.first-reads1 Michelle FigleyAuthor 1 book31

I wasn't sure what I would get when I started this book, and I was pleasantly surprised. When I read the comparisons to 1984, I thought: Really? But, I have to say I enjoyed this book just as much as 1984. Biomass is refreshingly well-written; the author has a gift for descriptive language. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian literature. I thought it was much more interesting and compelling than some of the current titles popular in this genre. I will be looking for more titles by this author. 5 stars because I was thoroughly entertained and couldn't put my Kindle down!dystopian1 Trisha29

Interesting and fun read. able characters, but development seems rushed. The book is an average length, but felt chunks were edited out of it. Pieces of time seem to be missing during what could have been exciting moments. Other than that, the story is fun and follows a typical dystopian society trying to maintain power over its citizens who are trying to rebel. Action, limited love interest and intrigue and a smidge of betrayal are all included.

I did receive a free copy of this work in exchange for a review.read-in-20131 Cara13

This is just going to be a bunch of rambling but I wanted to explain my rating. This took me a while to read, I kept putting it down but I suppose that's my problem and not the book itself because it is well written but I just couldn't get into it. I didn't feel I was connected to the characters at all and only felt any emotion except for when Obi died. If anyone I knew wanted to read it I'd tell them to go ahead but I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone who didn't show interest first. 1 Paula44 2

This book started out kind of slow paced but picked up in the end. A modern 1984 with a twist, much more action packed and more characters. More war than brainwashing. Looking forward to the next book. 1 Mandie Weinandt57

Interesting premise...kind of a 1984 meets the Matrix vibe...total government control in a futuristic setting. I d it quite a bit and hope to read the sequel! Thanks, Nick!1 Dennis50 2

Definitely an interesting read. It started off a little slow and then I was able to get lost in it. I when some books read a movie to me and this one did that. 1 Andy Janes547 2

Really badly written.20141 Michael Keller803 7

Biomass - a sustainable, renewable fuel source replacing fossil fuels for the Earth. But instead of sharing it, the world went to war over it.

For decades the world lived in a state of denial. Fossil fuel dependence continued there was no end. Somewhere, sometime, a corner was turned and global warming brought climate change. When the last drop of oil flowed from a pump panic, riots and pandemonium ruled everywhere. Then the Tisaian corporation announced development of a hybrid soybean plant that easily converted to Biomass - a biofuel that could power the world's needs. WWIII began for control of the Biomass and as nuclear missiles destroyed the surface of the world, the Biomass War ended.

Spurious Timur worked 60 hours a week at the Sector of Government Services in Lunia, Tisaia. His snug little apartment was controlled by Anya, the AI that his apartment is equipped with. Anya is capable of fixing his dinner, turning on his favorite program, regulating the water temperature in his shower, explaining any new laws the legislature passed, and reporting him if he violated any of them.

The State workers were provided for by the government of Tisaia. Security was ensured by the Council of Royal Knights. Encased in shiny, bulletproof, gmetal armor, the Knights were soldiers, guards and police.

The TDU, Tisiain Democratic Union, were the rebels of the Biomass Revolution. Squad 19 were the Special Operators of the revolutionary forces. Led by Obi Hepe with the help of Alexir Kahn, called Ajax by his mates, a gentle giant - all muscles and heart. The SGS and TDU had skirmished for a generation, in fact Spurious found out his parents had been founders of the TDU before being killed by the Knights in the early days of the revolution.

The storyline develops as we get to know the players. The characters are lively and colorful, actively engaged in the business of both the State and the revolutionaries. The skirmishes and battles are tremendously described so you can actually feel the conflicts, engage in the interactions, duck and dive as the storyline comes to life, weep for the lost, and cheer for the winners.

This is an excellent work and the only problem I found was the ending - there must be more! This will make an excellent series! Corinne219 6

Saga : sa·ga /ˈsägə/

A long, involved story, account, or series of incidents.

I start my review with that definition of saga because it is a fitting definition for The Biomass Revolution. I wasn't sure what to expect when I was given a review copy of this book. Although I very much enjoy post-apocalyptic stories, dystopia is not my general stomping grounds. I am more of a Utopian reader - a Bradbury and Huxley cono sur, where the book involves a perfect society that is brought to its knees when the cracks start to show and the main character opens his/her eyes. Dystopia has the same basic principles, but it deals with a darker, grittier society, often with a dual standard of living in which the privileged few live protected from the destitute masses.

Most of the books that I read from the before mentioned genres tend to be one-offs, typically under 250 pages and focus on the experiences and perspectives of one person or group. Bernard in Brave New World, Guy in Fahrenheit 451, Ish in The Earth Abides, Equality 7-2521 in Anthem, the old man in The Old Man in the Wasteland... you get the point, I hope? It is one focus, one viewpoint, one stance on matters. Books in this genre also typically focus on one center of conflict - Man against the "State" or Man against "The Military" or Man against "Nature". Rarely do any of these books combine or encompass more than one side and/or center of conflict. Such a work that tries to give many different view points, combine many different stories and show more than one center of conflict would be classified as a saga.

Which brings us back to The Biomass Wars, because it is a post-apocalyptic dystopian saga, the s of which I have never read before. I think Seed by Rob Zieger (one of my all time favorite post-apocalyptic dystopian books) is close when it comes to sagaesque qualities, but Sansbury has his own style and flow that makes it unique. There were times when reading Biomass that I felt I was reading a mixture of Huxley and Bradbury, and I even started renaming Sansbury as Huxlebury, but then you would turn the page and there would be a darker, grittier undertone that reminded me of Ziegler or a storytelling and informational reflection that had touches of Halderman. In the end, Sansbury's style is an eclectic mix that is all his own.

And I think this style might be the first hurdle for The Biomass Wars. It is a saga. There is nothing light and airy about this book and it is not something most readers will be able to sit down and read in one go, one weekend or possibly even one week. There is a weight to this book. Every page feels laden with details, story, action, characters or, more often than not, a mix of all those together.

The opening grabs you. The next chapters compel you forward and then you are shifted into the meat of the book that uses various different viewpoints to tell the full story. In many books, this can be a problem because the reader may feel lost or uncertain. Sansbury solves this by starting each shift with a time and location stamp - much a journal. It felt a bit when you are watching a movie, the scene transitions and along the bottom of the screen in the lower right there is a note superimposed on the screen about the date, time and location. This is necessary and was a good idea on Sansbury's part. I never once felt lost. Sometimes I felt abandoned when the story would shift away from my favorite storylines or characters, but never lost.

Multi-layered, parallel storylines - another facet of a saga that The Biomass Wars has, and it might be, unfortunately, another hurdle for certain readers who prefer single-story / single character(s) focus. The book begins with a large focus on Spurious, a worker for the State in the last bastion of civilization after a nuclear war. Slowly, this focus on Spurious is interrupted by the introduction of the TDU anti-State rebel fighters who are battling from the outside. There main intersecting viewpoint from the TDU, includes Obi, who is somewhat of a veteran fighter in the TDU, and the viewpoints of his squad members. On the flipside, you are also given viewpoints from within the State through its political leadership as well as from the rank of its military protection elite, fighters known as Knights.

Both sides are fully explored and also justified. Even though it is clear that you are meant to be rooting for Spurious and the TDU, you are given glimpses into the believable and understandable reasoning behind the State's actions and policies regarding Biomass, the protected city, the refusal to help outsiders and its control over its citizens. The world is still recovering after a nuclear holocaust, so a State wanting to be self-protectionist and xenophobic is not at all a hard concept to find plausible. I appreciated this lack of completely vilifying the State.

The TDU are not all good guys fighting the good fight, either. They make decisions that are questionable, put innocent people at risk, end up killing innocent people and find justification for their own actions and those sacrifices with their own set of ideals and beliefs that balance against the opposing State. In many cases, the TDU members are people trying to survive in a harsh reality and who have no problem killing a State worker to steal his truck of food.

There is no black and white in Sansbury's saga. There is no good or evil and no one, altruistic ideal or group you can fully support without questioning your own values, and in the middle of all of this is Spurious who finds himself questioning everything and trying to find a clear path where none exists. Spurious is the heart of man in this story. He struggles to come to terms with his shifting ideals, the unexpected pull of love, loss, bitterness and a burning desire for change. He is grasping for an understanding of what any of it - the struggle, the fighting, the death and the Biomass - is worth.

The Biomass Wars is recommended for readers looking for a fully fleshed out story that cannot be consumed in one night and may leave you questioning the grey lines in your own reality and what the true value and definition of freedom is.science-fiction Beverly Laude1,968 35

I have read several of Nicholas Sansbury Smith's other books and decided to give this one a try. While this is not a bad book, I found myself not really caring what happened to the main characters. This is definitely not one of Mr. Smith's best works IMHO.

The story is a sort of mash-up of the Roman Empire and a dystopian future. The names of most of the characters were definitely Roman and I found it hard to keep track of them. I never really learned what caused the two separate groups and what the Biomass Revolution entailed. It appears that the author had a lot of ideas floating around and he tried to meld them together. After a huge, drawn out buildup in the story, the ending seemed a little rushed.

The narrator did a good job and held my interest in the book. I would recommend this book for diehard sci-fi fans or those who just want to read a written by an author they enjoy.2020 apocalyptic audio ...more Ellen Moscoe19

Exciting Vivid Dystopian World

In this Nicholas Sansbury Smith's first novel he created a vivid believable dystopian future. After a nuclear war in the not too distant future our hero struggles as a lowly government worker to make things better.

His society hoards the energy resource bviomass. Our hero's every move is watched and personal freedom is totally controlled. He faces many dangers, struggles and betrayals to build a future with the woman he loves.

It is an exciting story about able people! Quite a ride! Wes32

Not a bad story.

My initial thoughts picking this story to read next was not that high, taking into account that this was one of his earlier works be released. I've read all of his work since this and loved them. There were moments in the story that have me pause because, in my mind, what occurred could never happen. Grab this one and give it a read. Good story, ignore it's shortcomings and enjoy it for what it is. Dave Foss51 3

I'm not a wordsmith and my review could be considered bias cause I'm a huge fan of the author, taking into account this is his first book I'd have to say it is pretty damn good. For me reading this one after reading all his other books it's safe to say and respectfully his writing has come a LONG way. Biomass was a fun read and although diving into multiple characters that died off rather quick, there was still a few surprises that I didn't see coming. MarleneAuthor 1 book4

Although I enjoy the story and world created, the many really bad mistakes are very annoying and distracting. Some are maybe typos, others are awful, using apostrophe s for plural. And using expressions completely wrong, “dog-eared trousers”.
Notes and marks below, as I continue reading to see how the story ends. PHYL145 5

A great Sci-Fi story, Original, Unique. Well developed characters. Five years ago, the Award Winning author, Nicholas Sansbury Smith wrote this book, and he has never stopped writing. Horror in almost every genre, very well done. His books continue to captivate readers..... This book will not disappoint. A must read for fans of Sci-Fi dystopian novels and any reader who enjoys a well-woven tale David Coker76 1 follower

You can shape your world

An Orwellian take on a not too distant future dystopian world and society that has risen to new lows of government corruption and control. And when the government reaches that point, hopefully there will always be heroes and people of character squad 19 and Spurious. And when these people awaken, then the evil in the halls of power should tremble. Anna100 2

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