The Historian's Tale is written by K.B. Shaw and is the 1st Book in the NeWorld Paper Series. This is a sci-fi/fantasy book filed with intrigue and highly imaginative story telling. The book is based around a man on the brink of 18 named Fallon.
The Historian's Tale paints a world that operates with little to no emotion and a plethora or rules and order. Children come about based upon contracts which decide which parent will get to keep the child. Once a contract of coupling is complete, people will go their separate ways and the parent with the contract will raise the child. If a man is not born with a contract he will be "stemmed", and therefore unable to provide any offspring. This is a way to retain order and to prevent over population. (Kind of sounds like something the Chinese would come up with).
Shaw did an impeccable job with descriptions of the world and the development of the story and the characters. Whilst reading this book I found myself vested in the main characters and wanting to know them more and was rooting for them. The concepts that have been created and the slight reference to Marx are brilliant. I don't want to give any of the details that unfold away so I will leave it at that.
As a ward of his school institute, Fallon will be left out on his own in the near future when he turns 18 and has no idea what will become of him. After witnessing a heinous crime occur, he finds himself constantly looking over his shoulder. The many rules of NeWorld do not provide for my ingenuity or imagination, which leaves Fallon's ability to draw anything in detail from memory an ability that must be hidden. Without warning he is then purchased by a wealthy woman to be indentured help. Nothing that has happened to him in life thus far is going to prepare him for what is to come.
I give this book 5/5 stars, as I was engrossed in it and was finding any small amount of time that I could spare to read more into the story. I was hooked from the beginning and I love all of the thought provoking aspects that Shaw has added into this tale. I cannot wait to read Book 2 and get more involved with the story. It was a pleasure "watching" the story develop before my very eyes. This would make for an excellent movie or mini series. If you are into sci-fi, fantasy, romance, new adult, young adult, mystery, suspense, and fiction this book is definitely for you.
*I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.