Delighted to welcome a new author to the shelves with her debut novel Natalie Cammaratta – Falling and Uprising. The print copy was released in May and the Kindle is available at a pre-order price for July 21st
About the book
My star is rising, and I shine. Always.
Serenity Ward is the golden girl of Kaycie. She never questioned her city’s status as the last dry land on earth. The Establishment takes care of its citizens…or so she thought. But now she’s seen the map!
Why would they lie about other islands just beyond the horizon? In a city built on falsehood, figuring out who to trust is its own challenge, but Serenity pulls together a feisty group who all want the same thing—an end to the government which has hidden a world from them.
Bram’s anger drives his own desire for revolution. Being from another island, he was selected to be a brainwashed marshal in service to Kaycie, but he knows what’s going on all too well. Hidden in plain sight, he is ready to draw blood to free the islands. Only dealing with Serenity is the one thing he wasn’t prepared for.
Can two people who were never supposed to meet stop fighting each other long enough to remember who the enemy is?
One of the reviews on Goodreads for the print version
I love a good YA dystopian book, and FALLING AND UPRISING, the debut novel from Natalie Cammaratta did not disappoint! Told in alternating POV, FALLING AND UPRISING follows socialite Serenity and marshal Bram as they navigate a society built on lies and the revolution that has been brewing for many years.
Everyone in Kaycie knows that their city is the last dry haven for humans. Kaycians enjoy a life of prosperity, safety, and glamour. Serenity thinks she has it all, until she learns the truth. The Establishment has lied to its citizens. Other islands exist, their main purpose being to provide goods and labor to the glittering city of Kaycie. There is a major imbalance and people from the islands are suffering. Young people taken from their families, their memories erased, and forced into zombie-like service as marshals in Kaycie.
When Serenity learns the truth and is offered a chance to make a difference, she takes it — much to Bram’s surprise. He’s known the truth for a long time, having been born on one of the other islands and rescued by Sophos, Serenity’s mentor and one of the revolution’s key leaders. FALLING AND UPRISING has a nice balance of dystopia, sci-fi tech, and YA glamour.
I found myself immersed in Cammaratta’s vivid details — I would love some of the fabulous clothing worn by Serenity and her best friend Vogue. The story moved well, and I never felt bogged down with techno-babble. The connection between Serenity and Bram worked for me–I liked their prickly beginnings and enjoyed watching the two very different personalities find common ground and respect for each other. Serenity’s attraction and relationship with Jase, another member of their revolutionary team had a few sizzling moments and it’ll be interesting to see what happens with those two in the next book.
The reader is left hanging a bit at the end as there is another book coming. However, many threads are tied up nicely, but I found myself saying—WAIT, MORE! I wanted to continue reading and will be anxiously awaiting the next book!
About Natalie Cammaratta
Natalie always watches the movie after reading the book, even though she’ll prefer the book. Born and raised in Florida, she grew up in performing arts. Acting in community theater, singing at professional sporting events, and dancing in theme park shows set up her love of theatrics which has shifted to words. Books of all kinds grace her shelves, so long as she can fall into a story and escape from the real world.
Natalie now resides in Kansas, where her husband is dismayed that writing has displaced baking.
Find all the places Natalie hides on the internet through Natalie Cammaratta Books
Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could welcome Natalie to the Cafe and Bookstore and spread the news of her debut novel.. thanks Sally.