Wednesday, February 17, 2016

RELEASE: Strings by David Estes

"A wonderful retelling of the Pinocchio story…I simply couldn’t put this book down." 
Rysa Walker, bestselling author of TIMEBOUND

Written by David Estes
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Sometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free.

Sixteen-year-old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world.

Though her childhood memories and the origins of the strings remain strangely elusive, she begins to find solace with the introduction of two unlikely friends: daring, irrational Sofia, and calm, tender Marco.

As the truths of the past and present unravel together, Pia must find a way to free herself from her strings and escape the facility before facing the wrath of the unstable head of security, Mr. Davis. But to gain her freedom, she must navigate the dangers posed by Davis and by her suspicious new friends to find the real identity of the puppeteer.

If Pia can succeed in revealing the secrets of the Company, she may very well find the independence she so desperately seeks. But in her controlled world nothing is as it seems, and the closer she gets to the truth, the graver the consequences.


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Well hello people! I have come out of hiding finally! And it definitely has a ton to do with this new book by David Estes (one of my fave authors/people ever!) Every time this man writes a new novel, my excitement for reading is reignited and that makes me so grateful to him! This new novel, Strings, is as amazing, if not more, than anything he has written before. He exhibits his brilliant imagination yet again in this emotional retelling of Pinocchio. 
The main character (and re-imagining of Pinocchio) is Pia. She has only known a life with her strings controlling her every move. They lead her from her room that she shares with her father, to their workroom and back. Any deviation from what the strings have planned for Pia end with Pia usually in pain, or worse, her father is punished for her disobedience to her strings. The big question is, who controls the strings? And why are they keeping Pia and her father captive?
Strings is a fast paced novel with characters that I immediately empathized with and kept me super curious to see what would happen next. One of my favorite characters was little Fig, Pia's tiny insect-like mechanical friend that her father built her. I LOVE Fig! David has a knack for creating these almost side-kick characters that are always a perfect fit to the main character. Just like Hex, the kick-ass magical dog in his Salem's Revenge series. To me, these "side-kick" characters add a special layer to the plot by always having the main character's back and helping them to not feel alone in whatever they are facing. 
Final judgement is that I highly recommend Strings! It was a really fun read that I enjoyed greatly

About the author

David Estes is the author of more than 20 science fiction and fantasy novels that have received hundreds of thousands of downloads worldwide, including The Moon Dwellers, Fire Country, Slip, Brew, and his new SciFi Pinocchio retelling, Strings. He lives in Hawaii with his inspiring Aussie wife, Adele, rambunctious son, Beau, and naughty cat, Bailey. When he's not writing, you'll likely find him at the beach swimming, snorkeling, or reading under an umbrella.
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