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While the others slept, Aidan spent hours each night running sim after sim. Although he was only a twelve-year cadet, he had completed more simulations than any prime— ever. “You are setting history,” General Estrago told him. “No one has ever made it to the current simulation you are attempting. The other Masters and I are eager to see what comes next.” So was Aidan.BookWhile the others slept, Aidan spent hours each night running sim after sim. Although he was only a twelve-year cadet, he had completed more simulations than any prime— ever. “You are setting history,” General Estrago told him. “No one has ever made it to the current simulation you are attempting. The other Masters and I are eager to see what comes next.” So was Aidan.Book Synopsis: The planet Ethos is at war with a savage enemy known as the Splicers. Their only successful defense is the Prime Initiative. All newborns with the compatible genes to become primes are taken from their families and injected with the Prime Stimulus. Those that survive the stimulus develop extraordinary abilities and are conscripted into the Ethos Army for training. But each ability comes with a defect. After turning twelve, Aidan is moved to the upper-class at the Mount Fegorio training complex. But Aidan is different than the other primes. Not only does he have two abilities, but he has no defects, besides the fact he is unable to sleep. His special gifts allow him unprecedented success in the virtual training simulations, known as The Pit. Using his unique abilities, Aidan goes further than any prime in history by reaching the final simulation, sim 299. No one knows what lies after sim 299, not even Director Tuskin, the ruthless and reclusive ruler of their planet. But someone, or something, has been guiding Aidan there, waiting for him to complete sim 299. If he can pass the final tests, he may unlock the key to ending the Splicer War. -- From the imaginative mind of debut author Johan Twiss, I AM SLEEPLESS: Sim 299 is an extraordinary space fiction adventure series that will delight readers of all ages. I AM SLEEPLESS has a clean read rating with the perfect mix of humor, mystery, and adventure that will keep you turning pages through the night. CLEAN RATING: There is no sex, drugs, graphic violence or typical swearing in this novel. There are numerous fight scenes and action sequences where people are injured and/or die, but it is not graphic and takes place in a virtual simulation. Swear words are fitting to the fictional world of Ethos, such as "Tuskin's Fury," "Batmonkeys", "Holy Hippophants" etc... There are some budding, innocent romances with kissing involved, but nothing more. There are suspenseful situations with monster aliens and an overall thematic undertone of good v. evil....

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  • Whispering Stories
    2018-11-22 14:55

    Planet Ethos is at war with a rather mysterious enemy, the Splicers. As to secure and preserve the continuation of the species, all newborns with a particular genetic code are removed from their families and injected with the Prime Stimulus. Known as the Prime Initiative, its goal is to raise beings capable of great, astonishing, things.Aidan is one of those children. Aidan is special. At the young age of twelve, Aidan carries the fate of the world on his shoulders.It’s incredible how appropriate the title of this book is. From the minute you start reading ‘I am Sleepless’ by Johan Twiss, it’s like a switch is turned – on or off, you can’t quite tell, perhaps something in-between. It’s almost as if you’re transported into a different reality, and suddenly you find yourself in a state of hyper-awareness that quickly becomes addictive, making it impossible to put down.I must confess that at the beginning I felt like I had been dropped in the epicentre of a storm – now that I have finished it, I am certain that I was, and glad too. ‘I am Sleepless’ is an event, an event that grows into epic proportions without ever losing its sense, its purpose, its morals. I am in awe of Johan Twiss’s talent, of his skill, of how he managed to coherently link every single detail.Speaking of talent, not only is the narrative engaging, mixing adventure with action and even romance, it’s also beyond pertinent, relevant even, creating a safe haven and opening doors to the discussion of matters that the world rather enjoys not acknowledging. Written in a simple yet visually rich tone, the novel is accessible to the young minds that will eventually lead the future.“Pain is a teacher. Love is life.”I always fear when powers are involved as they sometimes lead the characters to get lost in them, to become only them. ‘I am Sleepless’ surprised me, amazed me, by actively encouraging inclusion. There are still problems, of course, realistic bullying as some develop faster, grow quicker, but the essence is incredibly hopeful. On that note, I must say that, even if sad, the idea of having these powers come with defects is beautiful in its genesis – and all that colour, elemental almost, within reach. There’s so much humanity in this book, so much hope, and so much cleverly written humour!Honestly, I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. I cannot wait for the next one to be out. Oh, and have I mentioned the little blurbs that introduce every chapter? A stroke of genius, I would say.If you liked ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline and Veronica Roth’s ‘The Divergent Series’, you should give ‘I am Sleepless’ a go.Reviewed by Teresa at www.whisperingstories.com

  • Richard Bunning
    2018-12-14 15:16

    Well written, five star, speculative science fiction, that is great entertainment especially for those that like the zany end of the Sci-fi family of genres.I have a fundamental criticism, but I hope it doesn't put people off reading. This book has plenty of merit so that really wouldn't be justice. I have no idea whether the lack of descriptive writing of the finished work was due to the pen of Twiss or the scalpel of the editor. The book certainly has the harsh editing of tangential description that is so fashionable. We are repeatedly told that this thin-form style is necessary to overcome the short attention span of modern readers. It is certainly a love of 'fashionable' book critics. I feel that this was a book written twenty thousand words longer only to starved of anything more than was strictly necessary to keep the heart pumping fast through every chapter. Sadly, we had to get to the final pages of the book before we could really appreciate the 'form', the fat, of the principle characters. Unfortunately the minimalistic prose leaves the early chapters with the narrowness of focus expected in children's rather than adult literature. If I was the author and had actually written a less stripped version I would strongly consider editing back some of the flesh.I felt that the author has read as widely of mythological plotted books as of science fiction genres. To me, the plot carries a lot of re-inventive mythology, (traditional fantasy), though clearly set in a future virtual world. Certainly the beasts' names and the line-drawings in the book were very similar to chimera type creatures and other mythological hybrids. They added a lot of creativity to the plot outline.As some others' have suggested, Twiss may have been done better by putting the 'end notes' at the start of the book and also included character profiles; noting that this content was for reference not initial reading. The e-book format means that most readers are unaware of the help pages until they have already finished the book. I am particularly aware of this problem having published and being criticised for making this same fundamental mistake.Great book, which I believe has been seriously over content edited by either the author himself or his editorial team. It is a testament to the quality of the writing that this reads so well even though we are kept so blinkered. My overall view is, wonderful, when can I purchase the next in the series?

  • Donte McNeal
    2018-12-06 15:05

    The start of the story pulls you in, and though it took a short while to understand what each of the Prime abilities were (which I could have learned by going to the tail end of the book where the abilities and their defects are listed), I could tell that this book was going to be entertaining (especially the action sequences). It did not disappoint.Our introduction to the main character and his close friends was great. Early on, you get a gist of the types of characters that Aidan, Fig, and Palomas are. I must say, I adore characters who can utilize sarcasm effectively. Makes that much more entertaining and likeable in my opinion.Our main character, Aidan reminded me of the generic OP main characters from shounen anime. What I mean by that, is he is a likeable, confident and charismatic person, and he has the aura of a natural leader. Also he's the "chosen one," for lack of a better word. He is anything but generic though. He is fleshed out enough that you can't help but care for him and those around him. One of the many good things about this book, is that the side characters get important character arcs, not just Aidan (even if they aren't as important as Aidan).The powers of the Primes were creative. I don't read a lot of sci-fi, so maybe they aren't as original as I think, but changing body density, vibration-based powers, mek suits, and the eidetic abilities were all interesting powers. The puzzler power was the most intriguing to me. Can't wait to learn more about the abilities in this Sleepless-verse.The monsters in the story weren't wholly creative, since they were mish-mashes of creatures we know. They were terrifying for sure, but could have been more creative still. However, the illustrations of said monsters were a nice touch.All in all, I enjoyed this book more than most I've read in recent memory. I don't usually dole out 5 star reviews (most of the books I've read don't deserve them, no matter how much I wish they did), but Sleepless deserves 5 stars. It was one of the better reads of the year for me. I came to care for the most of the characters and can't wait to see what's in store for our primes.

  • Grant Leishman
    2018-12-11 18:24

    When it comes to Science Fiction, which I Am Sleepless: Sim 299 is, I like my books not to way out in the Science Fiction scale. In other words, lots of the fiction and not too much of the Science. One thing I always find with "hard" science fiction is coming to terms with the new and novel ideas and names for things the author has come up with. Although there was some of this in Sleepless, it wasn't so overwhelming as to distract me from the story. This is probably a book aimed at the Y/A S/Fiction market, but as anything but a young adult, I found I Am Sleepless: Sim 299 by Johan Twiss, a very enjoyable read and I am sure it appeals to adults as well as young people.The story focuses on a group of young people, "Prime Cadets" who were selected, at birth, to receive what is known as the Prime injection, which will turn them into one of several different types of genetic mutations, with both special powers, but also special "defects". I guess there is a similarity here to the ideas such as X-Men, but in reality, this story stands up well as an individual effort. Separated from their families, the "mutants" are raised in training camps, where they are trained to ultimately face the biggest threat to this world, the, as yet, undescribed Splicers.Aidan, a year 12 cadet, is the main character in this story and it appears early on that Aidan has more than just one "mutant" power. The Sim 299 in the title is the final simulation that cadets can achieve during their training. Because Aidan never sleeps, he has already achieved Sim 299, way ahead of any other cadets, but he is unable to defeat the final simulation. Twiss' world building is a little minimal and, as a reader, I was left wondering at times, wanting more information about the history of these people, who were clearly human originally. I know this is the first book in an intended three book series (at least), so I will look for more backstory in books to come. As a teaser for a new series, this book achieved its goal. When it finished I said; "damn! So what happens next?" In many ways that all an author can expect or should expect. Do I want to read the second book in this series and will I be waiting with bated breath for it to be released? Surprisingly, for me anyway, the answer to this was a resounding YES! I enjoyed I Am Sleepless: Sim 299 and want very much to know what happens to Aidan and his coterie once the next challenge has begun. Twiss has set up an excellent base for his planned series and I can only hope he uses the next two, or however many, books there are in the series to develop the lead characters further. There are doubtless some excellent backstories to be devolved here and also some more information about the past, as well as their main enemies, the Splicers. This is an excellent piece of work and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has a science fiction bent, especially readers who like a good story with some clever wordplays at times. I am impressed with Twiss' first literary effort and I am happy to award this book four VERY solid stars and hope for even greater things with his future releases in this series. A great beginning. You've got me hooked.

  • Erika Winterlia
    2018-11-26 15:57

    I AM SLEEPLESS: Sim 299 is a very unique and interesting book about a young boy named Aidan. He is what they call a Prime, a person with enhanced abilities and powers given to them through injections when they are infants. With the powers comes a cost, a defect. Most defects are pretty severe and affect the life of the Prime in question, but Aidan is a bit special since he has multiple powers and a defect that might not even be classified as one. His defect it is the inability to sleep. He is sleepless…I received this book quite a long time ago, but due to different circumstances I wasn’t able to read it until now, and not when I’m finished I truly wish I had gotten to it much sooner. This book was a true delight to read and once I started I couldn’t stop. I love how the book drags you in to this world and its characters. The author has truly written this book well and his words easily transform into vivid pictures in my mind when I read. It felt like I was there with Aidan and his friends on this journey.There are so many things to say about this book, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. So basically, all I can say is: Read it! You won’t regret it. This is a great book with a strange yet wonderful world with well developed characters you’ll learn to love.I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.If this review is to contain one negative thing it will be my thought on the cover. By no means do I think the cover of this book reflects the wonders that reside within its pages. The cover should, in my opinion, convey a much different feeling. The cover is too cartoony, too playful and minimalistic for such a colorful book. Give me a darker tone, a castle perhaps, a dragleon in the distance and a towering Splicer statue. The cover should hint of the greatness that is to come.Other than that, this book will get a well deserved 5/5 stars and my highest recommendation. This is a book you do not want to miss.

  • Rebeca
    2018-11-29 12:13

    I would like to start by saying I read this book in 3 days. "And why is this important?" you ask me. Because I've been on a reading slump since January (I guess it was my post-"the year is almost ending and I gotta finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge" exhaustion period) and it's currently the 6th of April and no book had gripped as hard as this one did. So there you go, relevance.If I had to describe I Am Sleepless without reading the synopsis I would say it is a mix between Ready Player One and The Darkest Minds Trilogy. It's not as well-explored, not as detailed, not as unforgettable, true. But that may also be because I read those two first so this one didn't come as much as a surprise to me. Nevertheless, I Am Sleepless managed to grab my attention very efficiently!Johan Twiss's characters are quite wonderful, very different and real, but I which I had gotten to know them better. The reader gets to see them all interact as a group a lot but we rarely learn about them as individuals - except for the main character, Aidan.The story line was very consistent and interesting and then again, I wouldn't change its structure a single bit, I only add more depth to it. I feel like a lot of the situations presented could've been better explored (as in more explored). The fights on the Pit, the Sim 299, I think they would've won a lot if they had been more intense for the reader.But apart from what I pointed out, I have to say I enjoyed everything else in I Am Sleepless. The book's structure was charming, full of drawings of this world's creature and relevant excerpts of old books. I was captured!So if you're wondering if I recommend it? Yes I do, specially if you've read Ready Player One and The Darkest Minds and you're craving more of the kind. Personally, I'm really looking forward to the sequel!

  • Akshat Solanki
    2018-12-14 14:20

    This book was very thrilling and I loved the action and suspense. The beginning was confusing as there were a lot of characters with no background, but as the book evolved, the characters were developed and I enjoyed it a lot. Also, this was a pretty long book, in contrast to some of the other ARCs I've read recently, which made it all the more enjoyable.Aidan and his two best friends are part of a military organization in the future where they train children to join the military. Aidan is special in that he has the power of vibrancy and puzzler. Only one of these powers are ever found in these genetically modified children named "primes" but Aidan seems to have both, which is extremely dangerous.Aidan is only twelve, but he has reached stimulation number 299 in training; the farthest any prime has ever gotten. He continues to fail in this stimulation, but some unexpected help from his enemies causes him to achieve his goal. Except now they are all stuck in the stimulation for a final battle. They must return in three weeks or they will die.If that isn't bad enough already, Aidan can't tell anyone about the 299th stimulation which is causing him to drift further apart from his friends. Moreover, he is not able to control his powers, which take him into another world which seems surreal but is actually just beyond the dome that he has lived in all his life. The threats that lay outside the world he knows scare Aidan, but he must face them eventually as he is the "chosen one" of the stimulation.Will he beat the stimulation?The book is a must read for science fiction lovers.You can follow more book reviews at BookRatureauthor of Bachelor'$ Marriage

  • Adrienne
    2018-11-20 12:56

    I think what I liked most about this book is that I could see a wide range of ages enjoying it. Good clean content. Enough humor and simplicity to keep a younger age (maybe 10?) entertained, but with undercurrents of mystery and twists to come that kept me (an adult) satisfied and eager for more. I hope the author can deliver in his next books!Also, it was nice to see some illustrations in an ebook!

  • Steve
    2018-11-29 14:03

    I read an eARC of this book. It was a very enjoyable read. It reminds me in some aspects of Ender's Game, although the plot doesn't seem to be going in anywhere near the same direction. It left me really wanting to read the second book. You learn things at the end that help you understand the larger context much better, but that only serves to create more questions about where this is headed. I'm excited for the next book in the series.

  • Marian Thorpe
    2018-11-16 14:17

    Aidan is a prime. Primes have special powers, but each of those powers comes with a price, a defect that limits the prime in some significant way. Except for Aidan: his multiple prime gifts have not come with any defects, except that he doesn't sleep.Aidan, in his sleepless hours, meets secretly with General Estrago, who provides him with forbidden books for reflection and discussion, but additionally, Aidan spends his time working through the levels of the simulations designed to prepare each coterie of primes for battle against the Splicers, the creatures that sent this race from their home planet in search of safety. Aidan has reached Sim 299, the top level and a level higher than any other Prime.In attempting to conquer the challenges of Sim 299, Aidan must seek the assistance of both his friends and his enemies among the prime coteries, endangering them not only in the simulation but in real life. As the battles become all too real, Aidan uncovers a web of secrecy, betrayal and rebellion at the highest levels.I AM SLEEPLESS: Sim 299 is science fiction for the young adult/new adult reader. It is fast-paced, and the world-building unfolds competently through both the narrative and through 'quotes' from a character's book at the beginning of each chapter. The concept of cohorts of young people being trained for battle is familiar from books such as Ender's Game, but that very familiarity helps the reader in accepting and believing in the story, which is at its heart a quest story. A few things niggled at me. I would have preferred the information about each type of prime, their gifts and defects, to have been presented at the beginning of the book, not at the end: I found that trying to sort out what each prime was capable of distracted me a bit from the flow of the narrative. As well, Aidan's world contains beasts which are apparently hybrids between (for the most part) familiar animals: the cobramoth for one. These animals are charmingly illustrated in the book (by the author's wife), but I wanted an explanation for them. Are they genetic modifications? I would also hope for some stronger female characters in the sequel; in this first volume they seemed to me a bit more like adjuncts than full participants in the story.I AM SLEEPLESS: Sim 299 is the first book in a series. It ends with the story not complete: Aidan and his friends have overcome one challenge, but many more lie ahead. The characters and the conflicts presented were compelling: I look forward to the next installment. My overall rating is 3 1/2 stars for this debut novel, given 4 here as this site doesn't support partial stars.I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are mine alone. Review by Marian Thorpe, Goodreads Author of Empire's Daughter

  • Don Sloan
    2018-11-16 11:12

    Simulated death, fierce mock-battles, and oozing green blood. It all comprises the essence of this terrific new fantasy tale, geared toward a YA audience, but eminently enjoyable by just about anybody who enjoys a rousing romp in an alien world.Aiden, Fig, and Palomas are more than best friends. They have been raised from infancy together to become elite warriors. They live in the citadel of Mount Fegorio, training each day and mastering their unique skills.Fig is a three-foot-tall mek who fights in a specially engineered suit. Palomas is a lug, able to effortlessly throw boulders 500 feet away to flatten virtual enemies. And Aiden -- well, Aiden is special. He has TWO extraordinary powers that allow him to see threats before they can harm him, and easily figure out problems that would stump anyone else.Plus, he's managed to meld the two powers recently, which makes him formidable indeed.He will need all his skill when he goes into The Castle in three weeks to finish a deadly simulation never before completed by anyone. To help in his quest, he must rely on two senior primes, sixteen-year-old agulator Dixon and another prime, Zana.Refereeing the deadly game is an ancient dragleon named Sentinel, "the protector of the law, caretaker of the realm, and keeper of secrets." It will not be an easy task.Meanwhile, Fig and Palomas are seriously miffed that they are left out of the training.being carried on by Aiden, Dixon and Zana. Before a permanent rift occurs, however, an accord is reached and final plans to face the last challenge imposed by Simulation 233 are perfected.The characterizations in this novel are first-rate, placing the reader firmly inside the physical -- and mental --- confines of the players and the facility in which they are training for the ongoing war. Of particular interest is Sergeant Henderson, a human instructor who harbors intense dislike for his gifted students. The reasons for the dislike reveal a depth of character not often seen in books of this type. It's a moving insight into a minor participant in the story and adds texture and depth to the tale.What do Aiden and the others encounter when they finally return to The Castle? And what of the larger issue of the war with the dreaded Splicers?Find out for yourself in this excellent and moving tale of triumph and tragedy in a galaxy, as they say, that is far, far away. Five stars to I Am Sleepless, and its imaginative author.

  • Liana
    2018-11-19 11:25

    I really enjoyed reading this book - all thanks to the author Johan Twiss for sending me a copy for review. I don't think I would ever have found it on my own as it hasn't quite reached all our ears/eyes. But I am glad it did come in my direction as I thoroughly enjoyed it.It was a pretty quick read (despite the fact it took me a while to get through it - 2 young children, housework, animals and just life in general got in my way). but if it had been like old times I would have comfortably sat down on the couch with a cuppa and a blanket and downed every word in a single day. It was very fast paced and I loved the illustrations to go along with the creatures with names and bodies that are a combination of two animals of our world - has nobody else ever thought of a Kangadog or a Bearcat? It seems so simple and yet I have never come across it and that's what makes it so original and fantastic! It was easy to picture the animals - even before seeing the drawings.Aidan is a character to watch for the rest of the series. Grey Skin and Green hair aside, he is smart, he is vulnerable, he is loyal. I do wonder how he came to be who he is - who are his parents and have we already met them? And I love the character Palomas. She is one sassy girl. She loves her coterie like family and is so loyal she'd literally die for them. And the whole Lug's being mute was an interesting idea. The signing and everyone knowing what it means and how to do it themselves is a wonderful idea and I wish that that would pass over into the real world. Signing is a fantastic way to communicate and it is (almost) a universal language that so many people would be able to communicate by. So with having Palomas as mute and only able to communicate through sign language, it breached that gap of misunderstanding and isolation. A fantastic idea.All the characters and all the creatures were a wonderful addition to this story. Although I would like to see more of General Estrago and hope that he will break free of the confines of Mount Fegorio and join forces with Aidan and his group. And as for his group - will Zana and Dixon be apart of that group? I can't wait to read the next instalment of this series and see where it takes us. It can only lead to the Splicer King and that will be very interesting to see that showdown. My bet is on Aidan. It'll always be with Aidan.Thank you to Johan Twiss. I very much enjoyed reading this book!!

  • Valicity Garris
    2018-11-27 17:12

    The first thing I noticed about this book was the cover. You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I knew right away that this would be different from probably everything I’ve ever read. In a way, I was right. So what is this book about? Well, a lot. The not so unique part is that its another human experiment type of thing. Basically all the experiments usually die but our protagonist has somehow managed to live longer than any other subjects, thus we have a story. Ok, Twiss, for the sake of your-average-sci-fi I was willing to overlook the redundancy of the basic plot to the story. But to make up for that, there’s a colorful cast—characters that come in all shades and handicaps, and there are elements to the characters that you probably won’t find in any other book.One of the things I liked and disliked about this story was the author’s allusion of many things. MUCH of the story is hinted at but not quite explained or further explored. By the end of the book it’s all brought together very well but you’re kind of stringed along for most of the beginning. If you’ve ever read a few of my other reviews, you’ll know one of my pet peeves is those gosh darn info dumps. I hate them. But the opposite of that is what I got in this book. Nothing was just handed to me, I actually had to read and pay attention to discover the story hidden behind the details and planted within the unique characters.I didn’t mind it, as it was a refreshing departure from the usual page load of ‘everything you need to know!’ that I usually get from sci-fi/fantasy books. But I wish there had been more of a happy medium—that’s me just being nit-picky though, not a serious offense from the book. There’s another race in the book, called Ethos, which are big ugly things. I’ll admit I’m not giving them much justice as they’re far better detailed in the book but that’s the gist. In a way, that’s kind of cheating. I mean, when I was told that the book had a colorful cast I was thinking wonderful minorities not made up creatures but I guess that works too.That’s just one of the things you’ll love or hate about this book, there are many surprises and many elements you will not expect to see. I enjoyed the book, though it may have been a little too much on the sci-fi side for me. But I don’t see a reason why someone else wouldn’t like this.*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

  • Beth Jones
    2018-12-03 14:13

    I enjoyed this book! It's a classic sci-fi set on another planet - but it's also pretty unique, which I really liked!The plot...alternates between action packed and pretty laid back, which I liked, as it gave you a bit of a break in between fast-paced parts to relax and prepare for the next bit. It's a great balance!The characters...are very well described. Twiss very well writes in a view of children and adults. I also think he does a brilliant job of describing Adain's (and other people's) almost magical powers in a way that is completely understandable to readers!The writing...is amazing! Not only does Twiss write very well in third person, but as I mentioned above, he also describes things brilliantly.Something I liked...I actually loved the beginning of this book! I say that very rarely, so it is definitely high praise indeed. I sometimes find it hard to read books because the start of books focus too much on one thing - character or scenery building is a classic one. But I Am Sleepless: Sim 299 really excels in drawing you in and making you want to read more!Also special mention to Johan's wife! She did a fabulous job of creating amazing drawings to go along with each chapter - which not only require a lot of skill, but really tie the book together in a totally unique but brilliant way. I admire you both so much!Something I disliked...I didn't dislike anything, as such. The only thing I found is it's pretty hard to read this book with distractions. The made up creatures, powers and even skin colour are great but you do need to focus to understand everything!My thoughts...considering this is a sci-fi/fantasy book, I was wondering whether I would enjoy it as much as others. Sometimes I find it hard to grasp certain concepts - whereas Johan did this really well! I Am Sleepless is like a new Fantastic Four or Ender's Game!My rating is...☽ ☽ ☽ ☽3.75 out of 5 moons-BethMay your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

  • Charity Bradford
    2018-11-21 17:06

    Late Review is Better Than No Review? So sorry this review was so long in coming. I actually read this book in only a few days. Since it's been a month, my review will be a little generalized because of the passage of time. However, the most important thing I thought while reading this was this: This is reminiscent of "Ender's Game" while being completely unique!Yeah, I'll try to explain that thought. The theme of Sleepless is very similar to Ender's Game. Humanity has spread to several planets, and the current civilization has been shaped by a previous war. The military has spent a long time trying to ensure victory in case of another attack by the Splicers. Part of that process means testing children to find the limits of their intelligence and abilities. Aidan is the one the leaders have set their hopes on. Here's where Twiss makes his story uniquely his own. Primes.Primes are not human. They are genetically engineered to have special abilities like speed, strength, the ability to change their density, engineering (mechs), and puzzler mode. (You'll just have to read to get a full grasp on what I'm talking about here. Twiss does a great job teaching you about his world without huge info dumps. He throws the reader in and lets you figure it out with little hints here and there. When things get complicated, he let's it be something new the cadets are learning about themselves so the reader doesn't get lost.  I LOVED the twist with the SIMS. And the secret behind Aidan's birth. :) I won't give away any spoilers here! However, I'll say this was a fun, fast, energetic and at times edge of your seat ride. I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes in book two of the series. 

  • Glen Donaldson
    2018-12-04 16:20

    If sucking on mind candy while flicking through the pages of your latest read is your thing, then this ambitious science-fiction offering from debut novelist Johan Twiss will have you positively weak at the knees from the get go. Lugs,vibroscanners,exoskeleton mek battlewear, mist rockets, commlinks, supersuits, eidetics, agulators that rarely take their masks off in public, mutes, eight-year old identical triplet computer programming prodigies and mainframe quire processors. This is monsoon tech rain that falls like bullets upon every page. On the flipside there’s a grassy knoll and sweetcakes, to balance it out with a little 20th century nostalgia so you recognise you’re not completely in unfamiliar territory.This is truly a shopping list of futureworld ingredients packaged and delivered with equal parts authenticity, complexity and nuance by a visionary writer.Complete with portal echoes of both TRON and THE HUNGER GAMES, this novel, pitched squarely in YA territory, mercifully treads sparingly when it comes to info dumps and ‘teachable moments’ melodrama. Instead it steams ahead using an appealing sense of wonder and a titanium-alloy-strength thread of internal and consistently practiced logic.And if it’s a memorable villain you crave then you’ll relish the appearances of Director Tuskin - a malefactor whose very name provokes an audible gasp at its mention and an individual who, when angered, makes a habit of slamming his fist into his desk and breaking it in two.The book deserves a better title then the awkward one it has been lumped with but unlike chewing gum left on the bedpost overnight,I AM SLEEPLESS :SIM 299 is a story that will retain its flavorand appeal long after the YA reader has finished with it.

  • Priyanka
    2018-12-03 13:59

    Age Recommendation: 12 and upI received this book courtesy of Bookrature.This book was very thrilling and I loved the action and suspense. The beginning was confusing as there were a lot of characters with no background but as the book evolved, the characters were developed and I enjoyed it a lot. Also, this was a pretty long book, in contrast to some of the other ARCs I’ve read recently, which made it all the more enjoyable.Sim 299————————————————Aidan and his two best friends are part of a military organization in the future where they train children to join the military. Aidan is special in that he has the power of vibruntcy and puzzler. Only one of these powers are ever found in these genetically modified children named “primes” but Aidan seems to have both, which is extremely dangerous.Aidan is only twelve but he has reached stimulation number 299 in training; the farthest any prime has ever gotten. He continues to fail in this stimulation, but some unexpected help from his enemies causes him to achieve his goal. Except now they are all stuck in the stimulation for a final battle. They must return in three weeks or they will die.If that isn’t bad enough already, Aidan can’t tell anyone about the 299th stimulation which is causing him to drift further apart from his friends. Moreover, he is not able to control his powers, which take him into another world which seems surreal but is actually just beyond the dome that he has lived in all his life. The threats that lay outside the world he knows scare Aidan but he must face them eventually as he is the “chosen one” of the stimulation.Will he beat the stimulation?—For more young adult book reviews and recommendations, visit http://www.PriyankaReads.com

  • Charles Ray
    2018-12-08 17:20

    Aidan is a 12-year-old Prime on the planet of Ethos. But, unlike other Primes, he possesses more than one ‘talent,’ and while others sleep, he spends his time working through the simulations designed to prepare the Primes to engage in the war against the dreaded Splicers. Aidan has done what no one before him has been able to do; he has reached Sim 299, a mysterious simulation that presents puzzles to be solved that hold the key to winning the war and preserving Ethos and the human race. But, Aidan has other challenges that promise to be as great as the final simulation. He must deal with the older coteries of Primes who are jealous at his abilities, and some of whom have sworn to do him harm; at the same time, he must avoid the unwelcome attention of the aloof and mysterious Director Tuskin who has his own objectives.I Am Sleepless by Johan Twiss is a convoluted science fiction story that has lots of surreal action and tangled relationships. It is unlike most traditional science fiction; part space opera, part sci-fi thriller. The characters, human, prime, and ‘alien,’ are well-developed and the author’s world building is so complex, yet richly done, suspending disbelief is a snap.You’ll find yourself rooting for Aidan and his allies as they work step-by-step through the byzantine puzzle that is Sim 299, culminating in an explosive confrontation with Director Tuskin and a profound moment of decision.I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

  • Ailyn
    2018-12-14 15:00

    Special thanks to the author Johan Twiss for giving me the book in exchange for a fair review.Aidan is a gifted Prime who had been taken from his parents from a young age to be conscripted into a special Splicer War. He and his team mates like Fig and Palomas frequently participate in simulations to encourage them to work together as a team while sharpening their respective skills. At the start, it does resonate with Enders Game in terms of the simulations, but that similarity ends there, in the beginning.Just when you thought that you know the book, it throws a curve ball, Aidan is a character that you would be happy to call a friend, while his friends are pretty interesting and can be sarcastic at times, they do form a good team. Prime abilities are not explained in great detail until the end (so I kinda had to read twice, to get a better understanding of it ). Prime abilities make I am Sleepless unique, may be Splicer War does have a meaning after all.First book of the series, and it already feels like Aidan has a lot on his plate. I had to read this book slowly, for it was lacking in in the prose department, it is not the easiest book to enjoy, as I am more accustomed to descriptive and possibly longer action. But it is aimed for a young reader, who tend to have shorter attention spans, and would appreciate how Aidan plans his movement. I admit that I am Sleepless is a creative story that would charm all sci- fi readers who love a different angle. It would be interesting to follow Aidan's journey and see if he would be successful in ending the age old war.

  • Katie W
    2018-11-29 11:07

    I read this aloud with my son and he absolutely loved it! This story is very creative in creating new creatures (complete with illustrations) and a new world, where a 12 year old boy, Aidan, battles an evil force to find the secrets of the Splicers. Paired with two unlikely friends, Aidan and his adventure is gripping and entertaining for readers of all ages.The story was a little confusing at the very first, because as the world was built through words, I wasn't sure what some words were referring to and who was what. As the story progressed and I came to know what these things were, I found myself immersed in the story and intrigued by the lives of these kids and their world, Ethos. These characters are each mysterious in a way and exciting in another way. I love the bonds that are formed and the teamwork is heartening.Each chapter contains a snippet at the beginning from Dr. T.M. Omori's book, helping the reader gradually come to know what the different types of primes are and their abilities and weaknesses. My son and are both eagerly awaiting a sequel of some kind, as this is the first in a series. This is a great book for those who love speculative science fiction and adventure, as well as for those who enjoy a clean and interesting adventure.*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

  • C. Erani Kole
    2018-12-09 12:07

    *received a gifted copy from the author*I'm a 22yo woman who thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took a while to get into it only because my usual reads are romance, fantasy or older combinations of the two. But this? WOW.I love the world set up, but most of all I love the disabilities each prime is dealt with; you rarely read about it and I just thought it was so interesting and great. As I mentioned before, it took me a while to read this. The beginning was a simulation that I couldn't get into because you're immediately thrust into this world of different slang, mannerisms and culture. Needless to say I was too lazy to form my mind around it lol But when I picked it up again, around the time it finally clicked in my head that one of the girls was SIGNING and not speaking, I was intrigued. Hooked. Total goner. I finished the rest in one sitting.Fangirl mode: OMFREAKING-G. Loved the suspense, the interactions, the characters, the DEPTH of the story, and- and- WHERE IS THE SECOND NOVEL??? Definite recommend to those who love adventure and a little puzzle-solving yourself, and if this is a new genre for you, I highly suggest you check it out.

  • Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
    2018-12-12 15:00

    Aiden is a 12-year-old Prime, who doesn't fit in with his peers because he has two gifts. Most Primes only have one. Being a Prime isn't all fun and games, and death is a very real probability. There is usually twelve in a coterie, but in Aidan's there are only him and two others. The other coteries don't like him as they fear his multiple gifts. However, things are about to happen that will involve other people with other abilities. This was a wonderful and gripping story, with in depth descriptions of the various abilities and what the people look like. The rivalry jumps off the page at you, and you will feel how unfair it may be! With an overall series arc that only gets told towards the end of the book, this is a science fiction novel to enjoy, which will immerse you in the story and leave you wanting more.With more to each character than originally meets the eye, this is a science fiction novel I have no hesitation in recommending.* I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. *MerissaArchaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

  • Katie
    2018-12-07 15:55

    I am sleepless : sim 299 is a sci-fi YA novel and is perfect for that market. Because it is sci-fi there are unfamiliar terms for objects and abilities which the characters have. These can be difficult to get over as you try to comprehend them all but you soon pick it up. The beginning is smooth and goes straight into the action. It feels like you have may have intruded into the lives of these people, a sign of a good book. I do think a few of the characters names, such as Fig, are lazy ones. The way our author, Johan Twiss, has the skill of showing and not telling, the old writers adage, makes this enjoyable. I like the idea of printing food, of virtual reality, of the creatures that are similar to our own but clearly of another world and of a character that signs and does not speak. This book has a refreshing lack of clichés in it. What I do feel is there is also a lack of threat, which means the story can be a little thin on the ground. The ideas are vibrant enough to cover this and I look forward to the second instalment, as this is a fantastic first novel.

  • India
    2018-11-16 17:58

    Aidan is twelve years old and knows that he has been genetically altered to become a prime along with his friends, brothers and sisters. They are being raised to fight an army they know very little about. When Aidan enters the SIM 299 he is followed by two older members of his school intending to teach him a lesson, but when they get there they enter a competition of great magnitude and time is running out.This is a brilliant science fiction adventure with a fantastic range of words, most of which are book specific. The storyline is reminiscent of both Avatar and Enders Game, with the whole universe sitting on one young boy’s shoulders.The book is perfect for teens and young adults with no adult themes and all of the brilliance of a newly created world where the young have the power. I recommend this book for all, and I think it would make a fantastic film.

  • Jeremy Poole
    2018-12-09 12:11

    First and foremost, I have to say i really enjoyed reading this book, it’s original, quirky and original, in its futuristic fantasy where ‘Star Trek’ meets ‘Harry Potter’ and that can’t be bad. Like both of those it takes some getting into, but once you’re in then you’ll love it.The first chapter is confusing, with its ‘Primes, Lugs, endemics etc, it becomes clear what these are as the book puts some meat on the bones. The character, Aiden, Palamos and Fig grow in depth and feeling as the book unfolds.As a YA or Middle grade read, also suitable for the youngster in any adult, I would highly recommend this as must read for Indie readers. In a world where all books need at least 700 pages and a massive backdrop, this is a breath of fresh air, it does everything it should and isn’t padded with masses of unnecessary description.A well deserved 5 Stars.Jeremy Poolewww.jeremypoole.net

  • Wanda Hartzenberg
    2018-11-17 16:08

    Honestly when I started this book it reminded me so much of another very famous book with a small boy...Ender I think his name was and him being the youngest, bravest, fastest etc that I had very little hope for this book.Turns out I was wrong. Unlike the Enders Game knock off I figured I was reading this book had a voice of its own. Some plot twists is similar yes, but it is not a copy. It is a book along similar lines and for that I am very thankful. Fanfic? Maybe yes, who knows. But for an avid reader I found enough in this book that was new and unique to enjoy it. I am sure you will as well.

  • Charity
    2018-12-04 15:07

    For full review please go to: 5girlsbookreviews.blogspot.com, Twitter @camartinez and Facebook "5 Girls Book Reviews"REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 13 years, 2 monthsMAY CONTAIN SPOILER:This book was really great! It was full of foreign words and concepts, but it was very easy to understand. The detail the author paired with the topics was great! My favorite characters are Zana and Fig because you can tell that their banter and bickering is just a way of showing affection for each other. My favorite part is when the General warns the group that Director Tuskins plans to humiliate and capture them.

  • Michael Mardel
    2018-12-14 14:11

    I am sleepless by Twiss is a YA dystopian story with lots of imaginative descriptions of the various boys and girls and their extra abilities. Aidan is the main protagonist who cannot sleep so he spends his time going through simulations. He is having trouble with sim 299 and ends up being helped by his 2 twelve year old primes and 2 older ones who had originally wanted to harm Aidan. Then there is the Director who interrupts proceedings and one has to wait for the next phase. Great for teens and adults alike.

  • Jasper Gilmore
    2018-12-09 16:12

    Amazing. Just amazing.This book surprised me. I expected a generic sci-fi story with little originality. What I got instead was a terrifically written, interesting, and overall amazing book. The characters are well developed, the world is built up in a way that isn't boring and overall this book surprised me in the best of ways.My one and only complaint was how blatant the religious undertones were. Subtly is something to be appreciated.But seriously, terrific job with all of this. I plan to buy the next one as soon as I can.Keep it up!

  • Aly
    2018-11-25 12:13

    I liked this book. I like the thought of good robots some day. But I have watched movies about when they go wrong as well. I think this book was very good. I enjoyed the world building and the characters were good. The idea of the Primes was a great one that can build to more books. I think this book kept me interested and in a way made me think about "I, robot" the movie just a little. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*