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Publisher's Summary

Ava didn't want to be right. Not about her city. Not about their leader, Chief Morray. But when Joseph gives her a secret journal from the past, the truth is revealed. She escapes with Joseph to the Outside, sending Chief Morray on an obsessive pursuit to retrieve his property. Ava has to decide if she should keep running, or return to the city center to save her people.
Gold Medal Winner Dystopian Fiction - Readers' Favorite.
©2013 Simone Pond (P)2015 Simone Pond
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Critic Reviews

"This story is decorated with familiar things, and at its heart contains thrilling characters and heroic journeys." (RevolutionSF)
"The power of this novel actually comes from the world building and the action." (Smart Girls Love Sci-fi)
"The revelations before the conclusion are properly shocking and quite insidious." (SF Crowsnest)
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By anne on 07-31-15

AMAZING STORY!!!! LOVED IT!!!!

If you could sum up The City Center in three words, what would they be?

Fabulously well written!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The City Center?

The end, when Ava stands up for the people!!

Have you listened to any of Sarah Zimmerman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think so, but I would, she nailed it!!!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Ava first realizes she has been lied to her whole life...I felt very bad for her..

Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **<br/><br/>I loved this, I am a fan of dystopic society books...and this is one of the better ones I have listened too! I love the concept of a society being manufactured and re-uploaded into pre-made bodies over and over again....This society is a cross between old style because of the monarchy and new style because everyone is micro-chipped.... Ava has never felt she belonged, she has feelings and emotions...and most people do not because of the way they were wired, so to speak...well Ava comes across an outsider who gives her a book, and thing from there become clearer and clearer to her...she helps this man escape before he goes on trial...and her whole world changes....<br/><br/>AWESOME BOOK! I RECOMMEND! I WILL CONTINUE THIS SERIES!<br/><br/>Thank You, Audiobookblast(dot)com

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By Felisha on 07-13-15

There is Freedom

Simone Pond's praise worthy and unique dystopian novel truly captures the idea of how humanity's desire for control and perfection can lead to dire consequences, but through community, perseverance, and above all faith, one can be set free from the slavery of life.


Sarah Zimmerman was ideal for this narration. Her cadence was spot on and I was wholly impressed by her ability to subtly portray each character with ease and little need for flare.

I was truly impressed by this novel and would recommend it to all.

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

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