31 October 2017

Tour & GIveaway: Daughter 4254 by Leigh Statham

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Daughter 4254 by Leigh Statham.
Audience/Genre: Dystopian.
Publication: November 7th 2017 by Owl Hollow Press.
Daughter4254 used to think life in a community where art, music and names are outlawed would suffocate her creative spirit. Now that she’s rotting in a prison cell, she’s not sure her dying mother made the right choice when she entrusted her with the secrets of rebellion. Prison has given her plenty of time to relive every mistake and lose all hope.

Then she meets Thomas, a fellow inmate, who tells her stories of the mythical mountain colonies where people have names and the arts thrive. Together they plot an escape, knowing if they fail, they will die. Or worse, their consciousness will be taken by the MindWipe, leaving their bodies free for the government to use. When nothing goes as planned, Daughter4254 must choose between using her mother’s secret to better the world she hates, or following Thomas to the quiet life of freedom she has always craved.

Reviewed by Kelly.

Seriously, this book caught me at the first chapter and I didn’t stop until it was over!


The book goes back and forth in time from before she was imprisoned and then while she was imprisoned. Giving us clues of what happened to get her landed in jail!! My heart went out to Daughter4254. It was a sad life. And whenever hope was available, she took it!

The story takes place in the 22nd century after a great war. Now everything is government run. Including what job you will take, and it seems like the station you are too. Emotions are not allowed. You are alive and your basic needs are met. You are kept alive as long as you are of “use”. But after a certain age, medicine is not given to you and you are basically put down like an animal. Your name is also assigned to you not given by your parents. I remember the movie, Ben Hur. There was a time where he was considered a slave and on the boat he was on he was addressed in an unkind tone as if he wasn’t human and with a number not a name. That part always stuck with me so when I saw this I was curious and sure enough, Daughter 4254 is addressed with out feeling by her own brother and professor (I can’t remember his number). It’s creepy and made me want to help Daugter 4254 in her quest!

Daughter 4254 is considered neuro deficient. Those are the people born with passion; artists and designers, those who think outside the box. That is a bad thing there. She was always being defiant. And wanted more feeling and understanding. She was punished often for being disobedient to the rules. There are “eyes” watching you everywhere. Cameras. Even in the home. But when there is a place without eyes, her mother tells her she loves her and inspires her. But her mother becomes “useless” and dies. Now Daugher 4254 is lost. Her mother writes her a contraband letter and its given to her by her uncle that tells her to enroll in the secondary school and find this professor and he will help her. Her father and brother are so emotionless that her brother actually dislikes her for being so different! She decides to apply. She is ridiculed for even trying. But there is no law saying she can’t. So she takes the placement test and her score is perfect!

So she gets in and here is where I want to give her warnings and help her! She is given clothes to match others and cleaned up. She feels like the others and makes friends. When she meets the professor, he is not what she thought and he doesn’t even want to talk to her.

The desire to find out what happens in the next chapter, and the chapter after that and the one after that, etc', kept me on the edge of my seat and wishing I could really read faster! She is really going to get in trouble with the things she is doing and my heart is pounding with worry that she will get caught.

Once we get to the present, her friend in the cell across from her has a name that he goes by and it isn’t a number. He gives her hope and when she is on the verge of giving up and dying she tries to live so she can get out with him.

There is so much to this story. The writing kept me glued. The characters were interesting and complex. You really should check it out!!!

Then when you get to the end, it’s a cliffhanger! Then there is a peek at the first chapter of the next book and it’s an even worse cliffhanger (which is also a pun by the way!!!)


If you like dystopians, mind games, drab colors, a little violence, being of use, finding a purpose, finding someone to give you hope and happiness then this might be for you!

Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card, US Only.
2 winners will receive a finished copy of DAUGHTER 4254, US only.

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Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho but found her heart in New York City. She worked at many interesting jobs before settling in as a mother and writer.

She now resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, eight chickens, a fluffy dog, and two suspected serial killer cats.

Leigh is currently working on an MFA, has written countless short stories, and is the author of lots of mediocre poetry. She is also the winner of the 2016 Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Prize for her short story “The Ditch Bank and the Fenceline.”

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  1. Love dystopian novels! This looks like a good one, too!

  2. I cannot wait to read this book.

  3. And this is why we need more arts in our schools.

  4. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including Daughter 4254. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.