Friday, February 15, 2013

Persistence of Vision - Blog Tour (Review & Interview)

It's time for a new blog tour.

Persistence of Vision is a sci-fi dystopia written by the wonderful Liesel K. Hill.

Liesel was kind enough provided me with a copy of her book, which means I have a review for it.  If you want to find more about her and the book just keep reading!!



In a world where collective hives are enslaving the population and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper, and independent 21st Century woman, must find the strength to preserve the freedom of the future, but without the aid of her memories.
After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can't explain. When she's attacked by a creep with a spider's web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she's never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives.
In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way.
If Maggie can't fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away...



Q: How did you come out with the idea for Persistence of Vision?
Liesel: The beginning of chapter one, where Maggie and her brother lose time in Vegas is based on a true story. It happened to one of my sister’s co-workers and her husband. They fell into some sort of tourist trap and woke up the next day in a strange hotel room. To this day, they don’t know what really happened to them. As a writer, my imagination simply takes off. Meanwhile, during a literary sci-fi class I took in college, I started thinking about collectives and what would make a collectivist break away from his hive. Those two ideas combined to bring this story to life.

Q: What would you say if you have to describe your book in just one sentence?
Liesel: In a world where individuality is a luxury, this is the story of people fighting for the right to maintain their own uniqueness.

Q: How long took you to write it?
Liesel: I’m unsure of the exact date I started, but I usually go with a year, give or take. Probably a bit less than that for the first writing—eight months perhaps?—but after all the editing and re-writing, it would have been slightly more than a year.

Q: Was Maggie inspired by any real person?
Liesel: Not in particular. Because she’s the main character, she has a fair amount of me in her, but she’s not me, overall, nor is she anyone I know.

Q: How was to imagine a future world like the one in Persistence of Vision?
Liesel: It’s a bit scary to imagine such a world, but not that hard to do it. One comment I get often from people who read the book is how easily this futuristic dystopia could become reality in our near future. We are destroying our society to such an extent today that I genuinely believe that this or something like this could be in our future. Therefore, it wasn’t hard to imagine.

Q: How many books will be in the series?
Liesel: Probably five. The story isn’t plotted in complete detail, yet, so don’t hold me to that, but it’s what I’m aiming for.

Q: How did you feel now that your book is out in the world? Is everything as you expected?
Liesel: You know, when you’re still writing your first novel and dreaming of publication, you tend to think that when it actually happens it will be this spectacular even with fireworks and popping corks. Yet, it’s such a long time in coming that by the time it arrives, you’ve more than made your peace with it. It’s surreal, but not un-expected. I tried not to have too many expectations so I couldn’t be let down. Given that, I think it’s safe to say that everything has gone as expected. ;D


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Imagine if somehow a whole year of your life was deleted from your memory. And now, imagine finding out that you have spent that year in the future, fighting a threat to humanity. I don’t know about you, I would probably freak out or run away screaming.

Maggie suffers a mysterious attack in Vegas with her brother; she has a blackout and has no memories of twelve hours of her life. A few months later a scary man with a tattoo on his face tries to kill her and the story begins exactly the moment Marcus saves her life and takes her to the future.

A future where individualities are at risk and a small group of people is trying to bring down the collectives. Maggie will discover what happened to her the first time there and will re-learn to use her brain and the energy around her to save the humankind.

Maggie feels real because as any other real persons she is not perfect, she has flaws and strengths. She accepts easily all that Doc says but still hesitates. She is a bit uncomfortable with everyone knowing things about her, but she doesn’t freak out. She is just a little curious about what she did the first time there but she is precautious about what and when to ask.

Marcus is an enigmatic character. At times I would have liked to see more of him or read more dialogues that show what kind of man he is, but after learning why he acts as he does around Maggie I fell in love with him. I understood why he tries to give Maggie space, he loves her but she has no memories of him. Imagine that! Given the circumstances he acts like a mature, rational, sensitive and loving person and it is difficult not to like him.

One of the secondary characters worth mentioning is Karl. This guy is amazing, is the typical guy that would scary you for his looks but is really funny, with a big heart. The rest of the characters are well described, each one with a well define personality and with a role in the story.
The science-fiction in the story is not overwhelming, which I loved it, the argument of the collectives is easy to understand and believable. All the brain functions, the way they sense energy and use it, is explained in simple details and anyone can follow the idea.

It has some different rhythms, sometimes the story goes really fast and at times it goes slower. The final chapters are full with actions and discoveries; these are the high moments in the story. We are blown away with some encounters and the revelations they bring.

Overall, Persistence of vision is a well written sci-fi dystopia with great characters and the potential to be a great series. And surely will leave you waiting for the sequel.


  1. Thanks so much for this Ruth! I'm glad you liked the novel! The post looks great! :D


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