Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Sleepwater Beat by Kathrin Hutson. They say the pen is mightier than the sword. Leo could always make people believe anything she says—really believe. Then Sleepwater finds her. Worse than that, she might be more valuable not for what she can do but for who she was before they found her. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. Published November 27th by Exquisite Darkness Press. More Details Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Sleepwater Beat , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 26, Michelle Hogmire rated it liked it. Leo, a "beat spinner" who can literally impact people with words, joins an underground organization of her fellows in this exciting book. I've always disliked the saying "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. In Sleepwater Beat Blue Helix Book One , author Kathrin Hutson posits a world where certain people manipulate reality with the force of their storytelling--a skill described by the lovely phrase "beat spinning.
Leo, the main character, can make people believe anything she says. Leo's had a difficult life.
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Her mom walked out when she was young, leaving Leo to be raised by her addict father. Leo's dad mainlines Pointera--a drug designed to help people with ADD or anxiety gather their thoughts.
Eventually, Leo's beat spinning place her in danger, and she ends up living on the streets. Then an odd stranger named Karl picks her up--and tells her she's not the only one with storytelling abilities. Karl introduces Leo to the world of Sleepwater, a connected underground organization of beat spinners. Leo hasn't exactly kept up with the news while she's been homeless, and she learns that spinners are in serious trouble.
The skill has been outlawed by the government, and the wealthy pay top dollar to experience beat spinning in private clubs. Meanwhile, an unknown terrorist group has been bombing buildings associated with Pointera; turns out the drug that destroyed Leo's father and her beat spinning are connected. Sleepwater Beat is sometimes too slow when it comes to revealing important information, and a few of the plot twists especially when people from Leo and Kurt's pasts keep showing up at opportune moments feel a little forced, but ultimately Hutson has created a genuinely special and complex world filled with captivating characters and thought-provoking ideas.
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Beat spinning is mired in the same political and regulatory conflicts as drug dealing or sex work, and Pointera is a timely comment on the crisis of late capitalism--like the opioid epidemic, the pressure of the hour news cycle, and the destructive aspects of the tech and social media industries all rolled into one. Great news for the reader is that Hutson's raised some additional smart questions for a sequel: mainly, what happens when a beat spinner goes bad?
Jun 21, Grady rated it it was amazing. Tired of hiding, tired of looking over his shoulder, tired of working with the underground class of society on nights like tonight. Part of him wanted them to catch him — the same part of him that always felt guilty for the crime he never committed. Karl gripped the steering wheel of his station wagon. It was just one of those nights…The girl was one of them.
There was so much he could teach her. This author has polished skills. Jun 19, Sarah Northwood rated it it was amazing. Dystopian novels can be heavy and hard going. Sleepwater Beat certainly shows us the protagonist having a hard time, which I saw from one other reviewer proved too much. For me though, the unique elements of the sci-fi and novel powers the characters possess, mixed with the gritty and fresh youthful voice of the writing made it all worthwhile.
Centred around one specific group of people, the clever dropping of background information scattered throughout the story keeps us hanging on and fills in Dystopian novels can be heavy and hard going. As this is a series this first book does leave us questioning what will come next and a left me feeling a little unsatisfied.
More because I wanted the story to continue than a disappointing conclusion. All in all, a highly recommended read. One final thing, because this is a gritty story do expect some swearing and violence. Aug 11, Shannon Donnelly rated it really liked it. The writing is brilliant in places, but I had trouble with the pacing in many spots. The opening hooked me, but then the story seemed to drift along for far too long.
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