Precisely Terminated by Amanda L. Davis is, overall, an impressive book. The beginning is a little slow and confusing, yet intriguing enough to have made me keep reading. I am very glad I did, because once the story finally picked up, it was a page-turner! The pace of the story switched from fast to slow, then back to fast quite often, which was slightly offsetting; yet because the parts of fast action were so compelling, I dealt with the slower chapters.
I fell in love with the central character Monica and cheered her on as she works against all odds to save her city and its people. Although she sometimes falters, she remembers her final goal and does not let selfishness overtake her. She grows as a character each time she is confronted by a task. As a reader, I could identify with her hesitations, her excitements, and her doubts. What comes to mind is an obvious parallel between Monica and the prophet Jonah: “But the LORD said, 'You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?'” (Jonah 4:10-11). Just like Jonah, Monica wants to take care of herself and focus on her own well-being, but unlike the prophet of old, Monica realizes the error of her ways and takes the right steps. It is not until the very end of the book that the author's Christian perspective comes through, but she does a very good job at keeping the story clean, above board, and readable. I would be quick to recommend this book to anyone, whether Christian or not. It is a great story with upstanding morals and gripping action. – Claire Hadley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
With microchips implanted in their skulls at birth, the slaves of Cantral and Cillineese have labored under the tyrannical rule of the Nobles and their computers for decades. Monica, a Noble who avoided the implanting and escaped a death sentence at the age of four, is now sixteen and is in hiding. She lives with the slaves inside the walls of the Cantral palace, pretending to be one of them while the slave council plots a way to use her chip-less state to destroy the all-powerful computers that strike down any hint of rebellion.
The Nobles hear of Monica’s survival and try to exterminate her before she ruins their upper-class utopia. The rebels send her to find a missing paper bearing instructions on how to shut down the computers that control the chips in Cillineese, a major city-state. The Nobles are alerted to the plan and prepare to seal Cillineese in a giant dome to gas the inhabitants, including Monica.
The fate of millions rides on Monica’s shoulders. As the only chip-less person in the world, she must find the paper, destroy the computers, and free Cillineese from the Nobles’ iron fist before they strike with the ultimate punishment—death for everyone inside the city walls.