Broken Slate

Kelly Jennings

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Broken Slate

Broken Slate Taken from his family s merchant ship at the age of fourteen Martin Eduardo endured years in the brutal contract labor system on the planet Julian Now a contract rebellion brews The precarious and em

  • Title: Broken Slate
  • Author: Kelly Jennings
  • ISBN: 9781461074502
  • Page: 312
  • Format: None
  • Taken from his family s merchant ship at the age of fourteen, Martin Eduardo endured years in the brutal contract labor system on the planet Julian Now a contract rebellion brews.The precarious and emotionally costly safety Martin had found with his seventh contract holder is put at risk by another holder, Jeno Lord Harper, who seeks to use Martin for his own aims YearsTaken from his family s merchant ship at the age of fourteen, Martin Eduardo endured years in the brutal contract labor system on the planet Julian Now a contract rebellion brews.The precarious and emotionally costly safety Martin had found with his seventh contract holder is put at risk by another holder, Jeno Lord Harper, who seeks to use Martin for his own aims Years in the system have demonstrated what happens to contracts who fight back Martin knows resistance will prove dangerous As the contract labor uprising gains momentum, and as he grows acquainted with those involved in the rebellion, Martin begins to suspect that, although the consequences of disobedience are grim even fatal the consequences of obedience might be worse This deft dissection of a mind under siege from an oppressive social system is tense and compelling.

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    1. Nathan on said:

      What do the movies Requiem For a Dream, Unforgiven, and Saving Private Ryan all have in common? Give up? They are all movies that were brilliantly made which I recognize as exceptional movies, but that I never want to watch again. And the reason is simple. Each movie portrays a bleakness, a world where hope goes to die. And once transported to that place, shown what the film-makers want to show me, I find that seeing it once is enough.Now, what does this have to do with Broken Slate by Kelly Jen [...]

    2. Reflection on said:

      I was craving a dark read and 'Broken Slate' truly fitted the bill. My stomach was in knots as I read Martin's daily struggle as a cot - slang for contract worker (which is essentially a slave).May I just mention about not judging a book by its coverI know this a hackneyed adage but seriously the book is brilliant and the cover in my opinion does little to entice a reader, looking more like shallow characterisation rather than the deeply moving read I found it to be.Having completed 'Broken Slat [...]

    3. L. Blankenship on said:

      First rating on I feel obligated to say something. I debated how many stars to give this. The characterization is intense, the world-building is solid and the dialogue flows smoothly. And the text is clean, so far as grammar and typos -- something I've come to value a lot since I started reading free e-samples. But the plot. It moves at a rather glacial pace. At the end, it feels like this has all been set-up for the next part of the story. Which I would not mind seeing, by the way, dear author [...]

    4. Perla on said:

      The author is excellent at describing emotions. It really makes you experience the hopelesness of an oppressive situation. It makes you feel as if you were locked inside the protagonist's head.This is not a cookie-cutter, cheap hero's journey. There are not easy shortcuts or popular "hero" tropes. Although there's almost no graphic violence, it manages to be very realistic – and as such, it's not for everyone.A difficult read, though, mostly because of an almost static plot. As a result, the s [...]

    5. Christina (Ensconced in Lit) on said:

      I received this book from Library things early reviewers program in exchange for an honest review. I would actually give this book 3.5 stars but rounded down because I didn't actually like the novel.However, the book does have several good things about it. It's well written. I never once remembered that the author was a woman. I definitely felt that the protagonist was a man the entire time. This may seem like a silly observation, but I've noticed that a lot of authors usually have problems when [...]

    6. Chrystalla on said:

      On a planet where slavery is legal, violence and conflict are to be expected, and this is the world in which Martin lives – a slave, a “contract” as they are called – trying to survive to the next day, not an easy fit when you have no rights and punishment is everyday fare.Martin is a great character. Brave but also driven by fear and a traumatic past, sensible but also quick to answer and get into trouble, he is vivid and real, as are the characters around him, not only the other slaves [...]

    7. Ikè on said:

      This book is well-written, the story tight, and -- for a book published by a small imprint -- extremely well-edited. I clenched my jaw from the very first chapter to the last and wish only that its epilogue were several more chapters for me to sink my teeth into.

    8. Gisuris on said:

      Woah.I was utterly impressed with this story. I finished it a few days ago but it's stayed with me since then, refusing to let go. The blurb talks about "a mind under siege" and that's a pretty accurate description. Hell, I felt under siege myself reading this. The entire story is permeated by a kind of subtle terror, a sense of oppression that gets increasingly more and more unbearable as the reader gets to know and understand the protagonist, the oppressive society of the book's universe, and [...]

    9. Paul on said:

      This novel is about a brutal, planet-wide system of slavery. It's also about one person's attempt to push back.Martin Eduardo was taken off his family's merchant spaceship in his mid-teens. He was put into the contract labor system on the planet Julian, where he has spent the other half of his life (perhaps "contract labor" sounds a little less awful than "slave," but it amounts to the same thing). Among the first things a contract laborer, or "cot," learns is Do Not Fight Back. Any attempt at t [...]

    10. Leah on said:

      The story follows Martin Edduardo through his journey on changing from an abused young man to a revolutionary. The Republic Navy stole Martin from him home space ship and made him a 'contractworker', which is a fancy name for slave to Holders. From a mine, to a quarry, Martin's contract is bought by Deja, a Lord Holder who teaches law. Officialy, Martin is Deja's secretary, but everyone knows he's Deja's sex slave. This is no different from the other places Martin has worked.After a run-in with [...]

    11. Jennifer Harper on said:

      I stumbled upon this book by accident while researching possible markets for my own novel. After downloading the free sample from Smashwords (which is 50% of the novel), I was hooked. Best $3.99 spent in a long time. It takes a bit to get used to the slang used by the characters, but after that it is easy to become immersed in the world of Martin, a "contract" (ie slave) as he struggles to come to terms with life as it is and life as it could be. Reminded me a lot of Handmaiden's Tale by Atwood [...]

    12. Therese Arkenberg on said:

      Spellbinding, in a brutal way, but far longer than it needed to be. Jennings has some very interesting and important insights to share about the psychology of both oppressors and the oppressed, but after a while the horrific abuses heaped on the main character became just depressing. I'd have excused that in a factual account, but for a fictional story that's meant to entertain the reader as well as make them think, it just didn't work for me. The story ended on a welcome high note, but that end [...]

    13. Julia on said:

      This book is fantastic as an exploration of the psychology of the oppressed. The author really gets deep into the mindset of someone who has been profoundly abused for most of his life and the twisted mental processes that arise from that experience. As other reviewers have noted, though, I felt the plot only really hit its stride at the end, and I wish the pacing of events had been more even.

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