The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo is the first book in the Uprising series and I am pleased to be taking part in the blog blitz happening today.
The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved. In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.
This is book one in the Uprising series and so the author lays a lot of the foundation for the rest of the series but this in no way slows down the pace of the book.
The Gathering focuses mostly around Jamie. Before the Emperor took over, Jamie was in the rock and roll band Faust and they were taking the New York music scene by storm.
Now he has found himself being part of the Uprising against the Emperor whilst unable to escape the memories of the glory days and all the regrets that linger.
Jamie is a very interesting character. He’s very troubled and haunted. He has fled the Cabal (the military police) and is now fighting against the system he was once a part of. He makes a very strong main character and I am intrigued to what happens to him.by
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