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REVIEW å Gifted By H.A. Swain ð In Orpheus Chanson's world geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work Instead procedures to induce Acuired Savant Abilities ASAs are now purchased by the privileged And Orpheus's father holds the copyright to the ASA procedureZimri Robinson a natural musical prodigy is a plebe a worker at the eIn Orpheus Chanson's world geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work Instead procedures to induce Acuired Savant Abilities ASAs are now purchased by the privileged And Orpheus's father holds the copyright to the ASA pr. Review posted on The Eater of Books blogGifted by HA SwainPublisher Feiwel FriendsPublication Date June 14 2016Rating 4 starsSource ARC sent by the publisherSummary from GoodreadsIn Orpheus Chanson's world geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work Instead procedures to induce Acuired Savant Abilities ASAs are now purchased by the privileged And Orpheus's father holds the copyright to the ASA procedureZimri Robinson a natural musical prodigy is a plebe a worker at the enormous warehouse that supplies an on line marketplace that has supplanted all commerce Her grueling schedule and her grandmother's illness can't keep her from making music even if it is illegalOrpheus and Zimri are not supposed to meet He is meant for greatness; she is not But sometimes rules are meant to be broken Here is a thriller love story and social experiment that readers will find gripping and terrifyingWhat I LikedThis book surprised me I have yet to see any of my blogging and reviewing peers read this book and when I received it several months ago I didn't know much about it I was going into this story with a clean slate which is sometimes the best way to experience a story While some general ideas of the story are not uniue to this book the story was very enjoyable and I couldn't put it down even until the endingZimri is a plebe a warehouse worker who lives with her grandmother Zimri has a great voice but in this world no one is legally allowed to sing patented songs But Zimri is determined to make music and interrupt LiveStreams of concerts and radio streams is certainly one way to do it Orpheus Hanson is a Plute and the son of Harold Hanson who created Acuired Savant Abilities ASA is purchased by the rich and once the surgery is done you wake up with a newly acuired ability Hanson has control over the music industry as most musicians have a music ASA and Hanson has control over the profits made by those with ASA Orpheus hasn't received an ASA and he's not sure he wants one But his father wants him to have the surgery so that Orpheus will be ready to take over the company Orpheus and Zimri are on two ends of the social spectrum Plute and Plebe and their lives were never supposed to intersect But together they could change society foreverThis is a science fiction thriller which I don't think I was expecting Granted I didn't really read the synopsis or if I had in the past it was a long time ago and I forgot about it and somehow I thought this was a fantasy novel I love science fiction and thrillers and so this novel was right up my alleyThe idea of this story isn't uniue; we have this surgery that will make you really good at one thing music physics writing etc or perhaps two things if you have the money The Plutes are the elite that can get the ASA surgery and they are celebrities and frivolous people The Plutes are the ones that work in warehouses and poor fringes of the city scraping by The Plutes can't afford the ASA surgery and many are not familiar with it But everyone is familiar with Hanson's monopoly on music and how singing and recreating music that is patented is totally illegal The story is told from both Zimri and Orpheus's POV first person alternating chapter to chapter I really liked both characters Zimri is reckless and unafraid of getting caught singing She isn't a revolutionary though her actions would make you think so Orpheus is at first naive and frivolous like the other Plutes When his father tries to force the ASA surgery on him Orpheus runs away and starts to work at a warehouse which is how he meets Zimri Orpheus develops noticeably growing from a carefree rich boy to a hard working man He's always been kind and charming and magnetic but as the story goes on he sees how his Plute lifestyle was ridiculousThere is a lot of depth to both characters and their backstory Zimri's story is told incrementally; at first we don't fully learn what happened to her father and her mother and what is happening with her grandmother I like how information is gradually released in a way that made the story flow better and make sense The same goes for Orpheus's backstory we don't learn everything about him in the beginning and I think the story in general had depth because of this setupWhile the beginning was excruciatingly slow the story picks up nicely and really gains steam The climax was incredibly exciting and also terrifying The story had been bumping along pretty smoothly and interestingly and then the climax popped up and I was biting my nails Well done by Swain there As you can probably guess the rising action of this book deals with a revolution that is taking place one that eventually involves Zimri and Orpheus This isn't a new concept but I liked its presence in this storyThere is no love triangle At first it seems like Zimri and Orpheus won't be a couple because there are secondary characters who seem to be into each of them in Zimri's case Zimri's best friend since childhood; in Orpheus's case a rising starlet that has just had the ASA surgery who would help his image In any case neither Zimri nor Orpheus like those people back no feelings reciprocated and when they Zimri and Orpheus meet each other it's all Zimri Orpheus from there So no love triangle or anything of the sort Zimri and Orpheus are super cute together I like that Orpheus isn't an arrogant ahole and Zimri isn't a predictably snarky feisty girl Orpheus is kind and sweet and subtly protective and Zimri is strong and tough but in a uiet wayOverall I was pleasantly surprised by this book A weird take on surgically developing abilities and how one personentity can control everything I'm not sure what drew me to this book months ago when I reuested it but I'm glad I decided to give it a shotWhat I Did Not LikeI think my one complaint and therefore my biggest complaint lies with the beginning of the book If anyone saw my Goodreads you'd see that I started this book on a Sunday and finished on a Tuesday night That's actually a really long time for me to be reading a book and I was supposed to have the review up on Monday And I had only managed to read the first twenty pages on Sunday nothing on Monday The beginning is sooooo boring I reread the first two chapters several times and kept having to put the book down Mentally I just wasn't interested in continuing the story Of course I wouldn't ever not finish the book and I certainly am glad that I kept reading this is why I don't DNF But the beginning is very slow and very boring and I could see others DNFing at that point because of the slow beginning Would I Recommend ItThis book is perfect for those who like a mix of science fiction thriller and a cute romance It's a standalone so all of your feels are taken for a ride within the book I liked the ending a lot and the book in generalRating35 stars rounded up to 4 stars This doesn't seem to be particularly well known or popular in my circles of the book blogosphere but I really enjoyed the book It's at least worth the read if you're interested I haven't read anything else by this author but I will keep an eye out in the future

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Sic even if it is illegalOrpheus and Zimri are not supposed to meet He is meant for greatness; she is not But sometimes rules are meant to be broken Here is a thriller love story and social experiment that readers will find gripping and terrifyi. What upsets me about the lower ratings of this book is because I know it is rooted in how intelligent the book is It has a solid plot it has interesting twists and characters and real tension and it really takes on music as something to be made into a commodity and something to be used as a formatting tool I love this book I will shout my recommendation of it from rooftops and lawns in grocery stores and streets Please read it I would love love love to discuss it

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Gifted By H.A. SwaOcedureZimri Robinson a natural musical prodigy is a plebe a worker at the enormous warehouse that supplies an on line marketplace that has supplanted all commerce Her grueling schedule and her grandmother's illness can't keep her from making mu. 35 stars