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Street Freaks

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  473 ratings  ·  107 reviews

It begins with a dire call—right before his father disappears and his skyscraper home’s doors explode inward. It is the kind of thrilling futuristic story only New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks can tell.

“Go into the Red Zone. Go to Street Freaks.” his father directs Ashton Collins before the vid feed goes suddenly silent. The Red Zone is the dangerous heart

ebook, Limited, 384 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Grim Oak Press
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Patrick St-Denis Yes, this is YA through and through.

Not much to like for a mature audience, though. . . :/
Corbin Talley Stand alone for now. But Terry has left it open for a sequel if the demand is there.

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Robin Hobb
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always, my honesty post: I received an advance reading copy of Street Freaks from the publisher. I’ve known Terry Brooks for years and I consider him a friend. I don’t think either of those things affect how I reacted to this book.

Terry Brooks is best known for his Shannara books. When we see his name on the cover, we expect a good high-fantasy tale from him, and he always delivers a solid, readable story with great magical elements and characters.
So I was a bit jolted, first by the title
Street Freaks is a fast-moving, really fun standalone novel set in a futuristic world divided between technologically advanced but controlled cities and free-wheeling lawless areas called Red Zones. The star of this book is a teenager on the run from the authorities for reasons he doesn’t understand. He befriends a group of mutated rejects, kind of like super powered X-Men who are street orphans and freakishly redesigned, sometimes more cyborg than human. Their gang/ den/ group is Street Freaks, ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*eARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

I enjoyed this. It was certainly different than any Terry Brooks that I’d read before, and I’ve read a lot of Terry Brooks. Loyal fans will probably like this as his storytelling quality is there, even if we’re looking at a dystopian future instead of epic fantasy. It appeals to all age groups, being friendly in tone to younger readers, but mature enough in content for older ones as well. Because the main hero and majority of the characters are t
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
Well, Mr Brooks, if you were trying to prove that you aren't a one trick pony with the fantasy Shannara novels by sidestepping into the world of YA Science Fiction then you have done a fine, fine job sir!

I wasn't sure what to expect with Street Freaks but it wasn't the stonking dystopian adventure tale that I have just read! This book is basically a sci-fi based murder mystery after a fashion with a handful of corporate espionage mixed in and I found it to be quite remarkable and full of twists
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The reason I’ve not read Terry Brooks before was because he seems to be specializing in fantasy and series, two things I don’t care for. This book is the reason I might not be reading Terry Brooks in the future. Because nowhere..nowhere is this one classified as a YA book as it so obviously is. WTF. And because my OCD demands I finish every book I start, ended up being stuck with a YA book for nearly 400 pages. Almost all of the characters are teens and, while they aren’t annoyingly immature or ...more
Patrick St-Denis
Although I used to be a big Terry Brooks fan back in the day, it's been over a decade since I last read anything by the author. I'm too far behind in the Shannara saga to give new installments a shot, so I've been waiting for him to write something new that I could sink my teeth into. When I received an advance reading copy of the forthcoming Street Freaks, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to get reacquainted with Brooks. I was excited to be bringing the book with me on my roadtrip around ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Despite being the son of a wealthy renowned bioengineer, Ashton Collins is just your ordinary teenager. In fact, due to his strict and protective upbringing, Ash is probably much more sheltered than the average kid. But when he is ambushed in his home by a squadron of armed invaders, he finds himself on his own and without anyone to turn to. His only lifeline is a panicked message from his father right before the attack cu
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
I have never read any of Terry Brooks’s books so I didn’t really have any expectations going in to reading the book. Street Freaks takes place 200 years into the future with a totalitarian world government and big bio tech companies leading the way. The blog starts of with a bang but then I quickly start to notice the writing seems more on par with a young adult book (even though I can’t find anything anywhere that this book is a young adult book). I am not anti young adult books (some of my fav ...more
Gareth Otton
It was tempting for me to give this book a much higher score because finally, we're getting a Terry Brooks book that actually hooked me in the opening pages. I have a whole shelf full of hardback Shannara books from my days as a devoted Terry Brooks fan, but over the last decade, his work has grown stale. His Shannara series has been whimpering along and the Landover novel he released a few years back... well, the less said about that the better.

So, when I started reading this book and the stor
Entertaining look at a possible near future America. Believable characters, if somewhat unlikely with interesting dynamics. Unfortunately the romance angle didn’t ring true for me but it didn’t particularly spoil the story.
This is a DNF. I found myself unable to enjoy Brooks’ writing style: too choppy and to much of telling and not showing.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for the chance to review this.
I bailed on this 52% in. The premise was brilliant. It was like Fast and the Furious with espionage and biogenetics. But I just didn't care enough about the characters to continue. For such a seasoned author as Terry Brooks, they were sappy and 2 dimensional. The main character spent 50% of his time fawning over one of the other characters, and the other 50% worrying about everything else. I really wanted to see these characters bond and have fu
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I love the author's Shanara series, but this one is set in a different world, a bit futuristic.

For most of the book Ashton was a fish out of water, not really fitting in and doing what others wanted of him. As time went on Ashton realized all he knew was not correct, that his dad may or may not be a good guy, it depends on who you are. By the end of the book Ashton has found his place and figured out somethings about his dad and himself. Ashton's wor
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Net galley and the publisher for providing me with an e copy of this book.

I may be slightly biased as Terry Brooks is one of my favourite authors, but this book was really enjoyable! I live his writing style and the world and characters were well built.

Great little standalone Sci fi!
J.D. Grimm
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
When I first read the title “Street Freaks” I must admit, I giggled like an adolescent schoolboy hearing a dirty word for the very first time. To say that Sci-fi is not my usual cup of tea would be a profound understatement. However, with my first encounter with Terry Brooks I must admit… I was hooked relatively quickly. I could literally smell the jet fuel pouring from the pages as I read each word and if you're not seeing neon chrome in your sleep, you're not reading it right!

Okay but serious
Let's Geek
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, youngadult
Read the full review also on my blog Let's Geek:

Street Freaks is an action-packed SciFi adventure, with lots of twists, secrets and thrill.

Total Rating: 8.6/10

Originality: 8/10
Language: 8/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Characters: 10/10
World building: 9/10
Fun: 8/10
Predictability: 8/10
Believable: 8/10
Relevancy: 9/10
Cover: 8/10

Genre: SciFi
For You if you like: Robots, Humanoids, Cars
Time It Took Me To Read: approx. 4.5 hours

“You know what your trouble is?”, she says, po
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
A GoodReads giveaway win.
This book was NOT for me. It didn't hold my interest.
I would say it's for a younger audience, probably 12 to 15 years olds.
I felt the characters were under developed.
It was repetitious. Some of the action scene and races that were written in, didn't feel necessary.
The ending was predictable.
Karma♥Bites ^.~
**ARC provided by Grim Oak Press via NetGalley**

Read/finished 26 Sept 2018 (★★)
ARC review so to be posted via review account.
Karen’s Library
Set 200 years in the future, Ash is a sheltered teen who receives a frantic call from his father telling him to Get. Out. Now!! He manages to escape his apartment just as a swat like team storms in destroying everything in their path. Ash's father tells him to go to the Street Freaks. In a very unsavory part of the City where rules don't really apply, the Street Freaks, a group of modified teens, takes Ash in. Soon after, Ash finds that his father is dead and he has nowhere else to go.

The story
Phil Parker
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I struggled with this novel, which is such a shame because I really wanted it to work. I’m a long-time fan of the legend that is Terry Brooks but the story itself is a good one and worthy of a higher rating than 3 stars.
It’s the narrative style that didn’t work for me. Written in a third person, present tense is fine but it is the decision to use so much Passive Voice that robs the story of the drama that should be there. It means that, as the reader, you don’t get the same level of engagement.
One of the really great changes in literature is how genres are breaking down, merging, and recombining into something hard to categorize. This is advertised as science fiction, but there is actually very little science (either hard of soft). Rather, this seems to be a well written YA story based in the future when humans zip around in transporters, live in high rises to escape the pollution and live very different lives whether they are up top, or down below. Blade Runner investigated this trop ...more
Kevin Walsh
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't say I'm surprised by this book because I've been reading Terry Brooks since 6th grade and he's one of the writers I covered in my master's thesis, so I know quite well he's capable of quite a lot, but I will say it's hard not to be impressed with what a great addition this is to the CyberPunk cannon. The characters are so interesting I almost wish we had more time with them, yet the story wraps itself up rather nicely. As Brooks always does, his main character is the most normal of all o ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Yet, Brooks’s Street Freaks has some very good surprises and a certain edge to some of the twists, and there’s definitely room for a sequel. Its best parts are the coming-of-age moments for its characters. The times when growth is forced, when change is a necessity.

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Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a longtime Terry Brooks fan, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a Sci Fi outing, but I was very pleasantly surprised! The story took interesting turns and there were some fun twists throughout. The world was great and the descriptions were vivid and fun to picture as I went through it. Great read over the holidays!
Adam Altman
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Good but somewhat predictable. Different than other stuff by Brooks, but I think I know where the series is heading. 3.5 rating.
Jeanette T.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I only finished the book because I thought it couldn’t possibly get any worse past the first couple of chapters. Brooks has the characters set as teenagers but misses the mark completely. Reading the way some of his characters speak and act is like listening to an out of touch adult describe teenagers, extremely painful and embarrassing.
His characters have no development. Everything is patchy. There are moments where he could have expanded upon to make his main character, Ash, sound le
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
In a future Los Angeles, Ash Collins has led a rather sheltered life. Sure, he’s been around the globe, and seen some pretty cool stuff, but he’s a serious fish out of water in the REAL real world. When out of the blue he gets a call from his dad telling him to get the hell out of Dodge and into the Red Zone, he’s at a loss. And what the hell’s this STREET FREAKS he’s supposed to go to? Still, our boy’s got a few skills and he manages to find his way. Now, in order to survive, he’s going to have ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, arc
I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.

Street Freaks takes place in the not too distant future when the United States has become the United Territories. Ash Collins has a comfortable life with his Dad in a high rise apartment, until he gets a frantic message from him telling him to run to the Red Zone and head for Street Freaks. Ash is bewildered since he doesn't know what Street Freaks even is. However, a few minutes later, his door is being knocked down and
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Alright y'all, who's surprised that I read yet another sci-fi dystopian novel? Not me! For some reason I always get drawn to the novels about our broken future in which technology is crazy cool and the people are flawed. Luckily for me, Street Freaks by Terry  Brooks had just that.

Here are the things I loved about this novel:

1. It jumps into the storyline very quickly. Sometimes I pick up a novel and I spend a good couple chapters stuck reading about what someone's house looks like or the color
Joel Flank
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Streak Freaks is Terry Brooks' first outright science fiction novel. Set about 200 years in the future, the world has become more dystopian, with the fragmented United States reborn as the United Territories, and rules by a more controlling government. The rich live in high tech sky towers while only the poor and disenfranchised live at ground level and travel outside without protective breathing masks. When Ash has his life turned upside down by an abrupt message from his father to flee his pos ...more
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Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received ...more
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