Youngsters on Wattpad have been digging Moneyland, a novel created for youth readers in 2017 thanks to support from crowdfunders in Northland and beyond.
Head over to Wattpad, where Moneyland is free to read online chapter by chapter, and see the book from an audience’s perspective.
Some of the fan responses from Wattpad:
“I thought it was a very good book. I liked the character progression of Eden, and I think your book was pretty accurate because most books are not realistic and everything ends up perfect.” – Anastasia_1019
“I personally thought it was brilliant!! I couldn’t put it down, the book came across as very realistic in the terms of what could happen if people were to be cut off from the outside world.”
“I’m on chapter 40 now and i absolutely LOVE it!!! I really don’t know how it will end but the changes and struggle eden has endured is amazing. Having been a teen mom myself i really related to that but also could not imagine doing all the things she has done in that environment. Watson is so weird yet lovely but i hope he doesnt take hope and i hope eden and hope get to see mumshine again. I cried over omar!
There has also been a recent review of Moneyland on Bobs Book Blog…
Moneyland by Michael Botur. Pub. 2017.
This book for high school students and young adults will give you a bit of a jolt. The language is choice in places and it is about some of the most loathsome teenagers I have ever read about.
The scenario is a good one though. Take a group of teenagers, give them a million dollars each and put them under a glass dome world for a year to fend for themselves. Can they do it without imploding?
The novel starts with the words being spat out like the author was in a fit of pique and it keeps up a torrid pace. Eden is a teenager who wants to lose her virginity and get the million bucks and have a cushy life. She may very well get the first option but the cushy life is way off the mark.
All the characters are shockers. They bully, talk badly to each other, have no sense of direction, have no clues of how to organise themselves, have no loyalty and basically deserve what is coming to them. Did they have a choice? Well it is set in 2037 in a World dominated by robots and mechanical Artificial Intelligence beings. Most humans have no work and no future and divided into two camps – Mech lovers or luddites. Perhaps this is a dystopian future.
Ideas in this novel seem to be drawn from Stephen kings TV series The Dome and William Goldings Lord of the Flies with the language spoken by the characters much like Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange.
I did like the novel but English teachers are probably going to throw their arms in the air in horror. Check it out some will love it. It is totally irreverent.
Where you can get yourself a copy of Moneyland:
- There is an ebook giveaway on Goodreads ending shortly https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/276184-moneyland-book-one
- Wheelers and Amazon and Kobo all offer the book in various formats, though Mike’s website www.NZShortStories.com is the quickest and cheapest way to get the highest quality NZ-printed copy of Moneyland
- A couple of Whangarei bookshops, Book Inn and The Piggery.
- OH and there is also a giveaway at Tearaway magazine for a print copy of the bookle http://tearaway.co.nz/win-copy-moneyland-michael-botur/