Handler

Handler

Our world was perfect––until we broke the law: Don't go out at night.Utopian by day, dystopian by night; this is the world I recently discovered. I now struggle with the fact that our whole society has been based on a lie. There's only one way to change it––conquer the darkness we've all been raised to fear.Live the lie; fight to the death; become a Handler. It's the only...

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Title:Handler
Author:Tish Thawer
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Edition Language:English

Handler Reviews

  • Erin

    LOVED. IT. Yes, straight to the point, but sums it up entirely. This book was never at any point what I was expecting, and it was such a fantastic surprise – or a lot of surprises, in this case! When I first started the book, I was worried it was going to be your typical Utopian society that some kids decided was a little too perfect, go off to investigate, and find a bunch of secrets the ‘adults’ are hiding and decide to expose it. Nope. I was SO wrong!

    To say this book is dystopian, or even sci

    LOVED. IT. Yes, straight to the point, but sums it up entirely. This book was never at any point what I was expecting, and it was such a fantastic surprise – or a lot of surprises, in this case! When I first started the book, I was worried it was going to be your typical Utopian society that some kids decided was a little too perfect, go off to investigate, and find a bunch of secrets the ‘adults’ are hiding and decide to expose it. Nope. I was SO wrong!

    To say this book is dystopian, or even sci-fi…it’s hard to put such small labels on it. There truly is a bit of everything in it, and is what I enjoyed about it so much. You see the entire book through one character’s eyes, so every event that unfolds that could potentially be answered through another character’s eyes? Nope. You don’t find out until the main character finds out what’s going on. It really feels like you are right there with him the entire time…confused, angry, scared, happy…all of it right along with him. It was the perfect point of view for this book because it added to the creepy and the billions of questions that keep building up, and flying at you.

    I devoured this book. There was so much detail – and not overdone, boring detail, but movie-in-your-head detail – that I knew only a quarter of the way through that this would definitely turn into more than one book. I wasn’t even mad. In fact, I was happy because I knew that this entire world and what we find out about it is going to be giant, and I JUST. CAN’T. WAIT!

    This is definitely a more difficult review to write, because I don’t want to give away any more than what the description of the book already tells you. The journey of questions and answers that just create more questions was the best part of the ride in this book. All I can say is read it. You MUST read it! If you like dystopian and sc-fi with a whole lot of mystery, you will love this book as much as I did. I would definitely say it’s re-readable as well, because there is so much you learn that will give you a completely different perspective the 2nd time around. I can’t wait to see what book 2 has in store for us!

  • Jennifer Treviño

    Original, suspenseful, & thoroughly entertaining!!!

    It seems I’ve found another author I will be stalking in the near future. (OK...not literally because that is illegal. Her book though....I definitely need more of this in my life!!) This is the 2nd book I’ve read by Tish Thawer & this is the 2nd time she has blown me away.

    Looking for a whole new take on dystopian end of the world where humanity is on the line? Look no further. What begins as a cool utopian world quickly takes a few tur

    Original, suspenseful, & thoroughly entertaining!!!

    It seems I’ve found another author I will be stalking in the near future. (OK...not literally because that is illegal. Her book though....I definitely need more of this in my life!!) This is the 2nd book I’ve read by Tish Thawer & this is the 2nd time she has blown me away.

    Looking for a whole new take on dystopian end of the world where humanity is on the line? Look no further. What begins as a cool utopian world quickly takes a few turns toward something totally different & engaging. We’re talking layers upon layers of action packed discoveries. My mind leapt from one possibility to the next as the scenarios played out. Thawer was a step ahead the entire time though, & I was impressed.

    The characters are not dull or ordinary. Their world a complete mystery to be unveiled. Even when it seems to be piecing together we are diverted with another twist. And...when the truth begins screaming from the dwinn tops you will want to listen, & follow to the end. Where I was begging for any little glimpse of what is yet to come.

    I can’t wait to see what happens next!Handlers is a must read!!! And I will be on the lookout for its sequel!

  • Autumn

    I received this book to give an honest review.

    WOW I was mind blown about 60% in....I so was not really expecting it to be like that.

    Before I get into the review I have to say there was a part in the book that bothered me a bit. There are camera's everywhere. Yet when Lainy and Cole are discussing family they are talking freely like nothing is there. To me that seems weird as it seems Cole is very observant about what he says around the cameras. Though this

    I received this book to give an honest review.

    WOW I was mind blown about 60% in....I so was not really expecting it to be like that.

    Before I get into the review I have to say there was a part in the book that bothered me a bit. There are camera's everywhere. Yet when Lainy and Cole are discussing family they are talking freely like nothing is there. To me that seems weird as it seems Cole is very observant about what he says around the cameras. Though this little thing won't affect my review of 5 wineglasses!

    The world as we know it is no longer the same. It seems that cities are divided into quadrants and there is a curfew. You can not be out at night though during the day it seems to be a Utopia world.

    Cole is a normal teenager or at least to normal as you can get to one. When his best friend goes missing Cole along with his best friend's brother go out to search for him. What they uncover is nothing that they would believe actually goes on.

    There is a world underneath their world a world that no one is who they truly seem and you have to fight to move on.

    Cole will not go down easy and we see how he truly tries to do the right thing even if that means leaving those he has gotten close to behind.

    The title of this book says it all Handler. What could that mean exactly? Well you have to read the book to find that out.

    I literally read this book in one sitting and at the end I was wanting more! Now I have read this author's work before when she co-authored with someone else and I loved her writing then. To be able to read another book by her and love it shows the talent she has.

    As far as characters went the only one that truly got on my nerves was Lainy she felt way to clingy in my opinion!

    The rules of the above ground socity is pretty crazy like one dessert per week! My question is how if they know you have more than one?

    Now if you like a bit of sci-fi mixed into the world of dystopia than pick this book up! I think you will really enjoy it!

  • United Indie Book Blog

    Honestly, going into Handler I was ready for the common dystopian end of world story and up until half way I believed that was what I was getting. There is a twist to this story that at first turned me off but as I continued to read actually ended up enjoying it. Cole is a strong character and very likable. The connection clicked almost immediately with him. Of course this is a dystopian world but the twist is pretty big and I think any YA dystopian fan will enjoy.

    Review by Raychel

  • Ginelle Blanch

    I'm leaning more toward 4 stars than 3 stars so...four stars for me.

    I'd say this was a bit of a sci-fi/mystery...with a touch of romance. This was a unique read and, I cannot say it wasn't confusing but, I'm thinking that's how the author intended it to be. Being confused and having question upon question let you experience more of what Cole experienced.

    For me, there wasn't a real clear sense of the passage of time...it felt like just days to me but, maybe was a longer period of time. It took m

    I'm leaning more toward 4 stars than 3 stars so...four stars for me.

    I'd say this was a bit of a sci-fi/mystery...with a touch of romance. This was a unique read and, I cannot say it wasn't confusing but, I'm thinking that's how the author intended it to be. Being confused and having question upon question let you experience more of what Cole experienced.

    For me, there wasn't a real clear sense of the passage of time...it felt like just days to me but, maybe was a longer period of time. It took me quite a bit of time to get into this story but, I'm happy that I stuck with it. This was a very different type of read for me, also, which did make it a bit slower.

    The book has characters that I really liked and that I really felt for. A world that you have known for your whole life is just suddenly not at all what it appears...questions without answers...people you have know look the same but are so very different. Secrets and lies. And, I will say that not much at all is revealed until about 75-80% of the book is read but, I really enjoyed the last handful of chapters.

    Even though it says "The End" at the end of the book, the author left it a bit open ended for the possibility of a second book...which I'd be happy to read.

  • Angela *Whiskey Angel Life Blog*

    I was provided a copy of Handler by the author for a honest review.

    This is my first read by Tish Thawer. As well, sci-fi/ dystopian is not my usual go to genre, so I went into the book blind. After reading the blurb about the book I was immediately intrigued and wanted to venture into new territory in both author and genre.

    What I loved about Handler

    - Miss Thawer is an artist. Words are her medium. She paints a story that is vivid, creative and wildly imaginative.

    - I really enjoyed the plot/ s

    I was provided a copy of Handler by the author for a honest review.

    This is my first read by Tish Thawer. As well, sci-fi/ dystopian is not my usual go to genre, so I went into the book blind. After reading the blurb about the book I was immediately intrigued and wanted to venture into new territory in both author and genre.

    What I loved about Handler

    - Miss Thawer is an artist. Words are her medium. She paints a story that is vivid, creative and wildly imaginative.

    - I really enjoyed the plot/ story line of the book. Set in 2026, in a time so advanced, you can actually feel the precision and perfection of the world they now live in. So advanced, yet so controlled.

    - Cole. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that the story was told from a young males POV. I really liked Coles character. He continually questioned authority and forged ahead when most would back down or just willing accept the answers provided to him. Overall he was a very well developed character

    What I didn’t like about Handler

    - Honestly I didn’t love the ending. I feel like I was left without closure. There was no sense of a conclusion. While this is currently a stand-alone, I am hoping for a 2nd book. I feel like there are many unanswered questions

    Favourite line from Handler

    “Beyond the Atals boundary, it was pitch black; no gleaming quartz sidewalks to light the way, no glass structures to reflect the moons glow....just a vast empty void.”

    Overall....

    I thoroughly enjoyed Handler. I most definitely enjoyed Tish Thawer’s writing abilities and will certainly be adding more of her works to my reading lists. I give 4.5* 😊

  • Jackie Nolan

    I didn't know what to expect with this book, but wow. I have so many thoughts running through my head right now, it's hard to process all of it.

    Handler is centered around a post apocalyptic world, but we soon find out that everything is not as it seems. I have mixed feelings about the main character Cole. There are times when he comes across as a little weak, but then there are other times when he shows that he can be strong - in the end, he did what he needed to do, so major props for that. It

    I didn't know what to expect with this book, but wow. I have so many thoughts running through my head right now, it's hard to process all of it.

    Handler is centered around a post apocalyptic world, but we soon find out that everything is not as it seems. I have mixed feelings about the main character Cole. There are times when he comes across as a little weak, but then there are other times when he shows that he can be strong - in the end, he did what he needed to do, so major props for that. It wasn't an easy decision to make at all.

    The mystery in this story is written very well. I spent a lot of this book confused, but it wasn't in a bad way. There is a lot going on, with a lot of secrets, so it was hard to gauge who you could trust and who was telling the truth. As things started to come out, it made more sense. There were a few instances where my mouth dropped open in shock because something happened that completely took me by surprise. I also like that there was a little bit of romance and some humor throughout the book as well.

    My only real complaint is that, to me, it felt like the story wasn't finished and there was more to tell. Just when everything was starting to come out and fit together, the story was over. I don't know if there is going to be a second book or not, but I was left with a lot of questions about what was going to happen next.

    All in all this was a really engaging, mysterious book that is sure to take you for a ride!

  • Mercedes

    I am clearly in the minority here, but I just didn't like this book. I'm giving it two stars because I did read to the end, but the story was just ridiculous. The writing was ok, but was at times very juvenile. None of the characters are fleshed out...not even Cole, the main character. They're just bodies that have been assigned names. I never felt like I got to KNOW any of them, which in turn means I didn't care about any of them.

    The truth about the Handlers and who/what they are? Absolutely ri

    I am clearly in the minority here, but I just didn't like this book. I'm giving it two stars because I did read to the end, but the story was just ridiculous. The writing was ok, but was at times very juvenile. None of the characters are fleshed out...not even Cole, the main character. They're just bodies that have been assigned names. I never felt like I got to KNOW any of them, which in turn means I didn't care about any of them.

    The truth about the Handlers and who/what they are? Absolutely ridiculous. I don't know, maybe it was the way it was written, but I literally laughed out loud and said "Are you SERIOUS??" while rolling my eyes. I'm not sure if it was meant to be scary, or thrilling, but it certainly didn't come off that way.

    You're left with so many unanswered questions, and the history of the Handlers is never explained or explored. You're just told a few facts about their past on Earth, then nothing more. Judging by the ending, it seems the author has set this up for a sequel, probably turning this into another trilogy or series which seems to be all the rage right now. If that's the case, then I'll never find out what happens as I do not plan to read anything else from this author. Recommend maybe for tweens, but that's about it.

  • TheBlueBookworm

    what a gorgeous cover, no?

    keeping my eyes peeled for this book

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