The Ivory Tower

The Ivory Tower The Number Sewn Into Simone S Shirt The Number That Dictates Her Life At The Protection Camp Regulated By A System Of Ringing Bells, Fortified Cars, And Rations, The Survivors Are Protected From Residual Contaminates On The Other Side Of The Wall Breaking The Monotony Of The Highly Structured Camp, Simone And Her Friend Skip School To Enjoy One Of The Last Nice Days Of Fall An Afternoon Game Leads Them To A New Part Of The Forest, Uncovering Than They Expected All Thoughts Of Protection And Rules Are Shattered By The Appearance Of The Ivory Tower A Tower Riddled With A History Of Danger And DeathWhen Her Friend Shows Up With A Bruised Face And Thinly Veiled Threats, Simone Has To Decide How Much She Is Willing To Risk To Find Out The Truth Of The Tower kirstinpulioffauthor

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  • 36 pages
  • The Ivory Tower
  • Kirstin Pulioff
  • English
  • 10 July 2017

10 thoughts on “The Ivory Tower

  1. says:

    The Ivory Tower a short story by Kirstin Pulioff shows what a skilled writer can achieve with a greatlty set up short story that others cannot pull off in an entire book.Pulioff describes in some detail the life in a protection camp, a post apocalyptic setting where people are protected from the effects of a prior world wide contamination Within a few pages I felt as if I was in the camp with 15 year old Simone and had the same questions, doubts and experiences.The descriptive style pays off many times over as a futuristic setting comes very much alive for protagonists and readers The scenario raises many questions about freedom and quality of life that are sometimes clearly implied and sometimes spoken out loudly by the characters Through the well presented narrative and the dialogue, Simone, the heroine of this story, becomes familiar very quickly as a strong individual and someone I could relate to.The almost hypnotic writing pulled me through the story in what appeared no time, leaving me with a powerful ending and a strong impression.It reminds me how poignant a successful short story can be in ways that 3 hour movies or thick novels often cannot achieve, The brief snapshot if done well, as in this case can point out the claustrophobic feel so much efficient.This is really good.

  2. says:

    The Ivory Tower by Kirstin Pulioff is a captivating YA fantasy short story that captured my imagination Number 277, Simone, has been inquisitive to the point of having to know what lies beyond the boundary of barbed wire surrounding their camp She uses her friend Christine to play hide and seek in the woods to search beyond the boundary and discovers the dreaded Ivory Tower, an ancient monolith of moss covered bricks painted white She must find out its secret no matter the cost.This is a classic rendering of curiosity kills the cat set in a dystopian society rebuilding from a massive disaster Everyone at the camp has been told the Ivory Tower is evil and must stay clear of its influence Simone, being an orphan and deemed the lowest on the human ladder of society disobeys What does she discover in the tower that could change everything Read this wonderful short story to find out.A FIVE STAR fantasy suitable for the whole family.

  3. says:

    The Ivory Tower is a well written YA dystopian short story from the author of the Princess Madeline series.Ms Pulioff s prose is tight, and this which allows her to paint a believable vision of a possible future for our self destructive species in a tale of only a few thousand words.Good characters, good story, recommended read.

  4. says:

    What a short but extremely powerful read Every ounce of this 24 page short story is packed tight with intense emotion and well placed aspects that a true dystopian story I will argue this is a young adult in label because it is a story anyone could and should read The reason I believe it is being labeled as young adult is because of the age of the children and the message but, truly WOW I am beyond picky about dystopian reads, to many are written with a message of hope Oh heck no No one should wear a pair of rose color glasses. you need a pair of grimy industrial goggles to go with your mud caked outfit, and your own number sewn on the cuff of your sleeve.Living in an area with birch trees a plenty, I probably will not be playing hide and seek anytime soon I like living in my dysfunctional bubble of denial Great job Perfect for a dreary and rainy afternoon of dystopian delight.I am giving this a solid 9 out of 10

  5. says:

    The Ivory Tower is a short story of approximately forty eight pages I was in Kirstin Pulioff s grip from page one My innate desire to know the answer to absolutely everything was not quenched by this story however, the part of the story shared was fantastic I wish this was a full length novel with all the nitty gritty From the blurb 277 the number sewn into Simone s shirt The number that dictates her life at the protection camp Regulated by a system of ringing bells, fortified cars, and rations, the survivors are protected from residual contaminates on the other side of the wall Breaking the monotony of the highly structured camp, Simone and her friend skip school to enjoy one of the last nice days of fall An afternoon game leads them to a new part of the forest, uncovering than they expected All thoughts of protection and rules are shattered by the appearance of the ivory tower A tower riddled with a history of danger and death A numbered hierarchy by class, rations, guards, being forced to work in the factory it all sounds so familiar It doesn t sound like protection, though that s what they re told it is Fear keeps many in, blind faith works for others Kirstin Pulioff s writing is exquisite I was there in the woods with Simone My heart was pounding along with hers The descriptions are so rich Here s an example She had never been this close to the edge before They had run this small stretch of woods in the back of the camp for years, but never ventured to the outer boundaries She focused on the barbed wire camouflaged into the stacked brambles and woody debris Rust and moss grew around the sharp teeth of the corroded metal And beyond it, what she d taken for a white trunk revealed itself as the brick base of a tower The skillful, tidy stacks of bricks had worn over the years White paint flecked off the sides The dilapidated mortar left exposed gaps and piles at the base At the top, the tower widened A row of shattered windows looked out behind them, towards the camp Squinting, Simone glimpsed writing on the dangling threshold marker The soft charcoal letters described the tower with one word Restricted, she whispered, her breath clouding the air Do you have the shivers yet I don t want to talk about the story too much and give anything away Just read it My only complaint was the brevity of this piece This is a story with so many possibilities that you can really sink your teeth into, and it was over much too soon Despite the short length, I felt satisfied after reading it, even if it didn t end the way I wanted I d definitely like to read from this author 4.5 stars rounded to 5 Read reviews on my website

  6. says:

    When a rebellious and headstrong young girl pushed the limits of the rules of her protection camp too far, she learns the secrets of the outer boundaries, as well as the consequences for going too far In a stifling military type environment where the citizens are numbered according to their usefulness in their society, Simone, whose number ranks her as being near the bottom of the pecking order dares to go where all are forbidden to go Will her curiosity and daring be rewarded or will the truths she sees be used against her Will she be forever different The Ivory Tower by Kristin Pulioff packs a powerful punch with few words as she builds a bleak world where fear of an unknown evil rules its people While most of the characters are only shades of color, Simone, is fully fleshed out and feels real, the central focus of a lens that blurs all around her With few pages, Ms Pulioff engages the reader and moves along from start to finish smoothly and efficiently in this quick read The unanswered questions leave room for in the future, while allowing me to create several what if scenarios on my own Publication Date September 29, 2013Publisher Kristin PulioffGenre YA FantasyNumber of Pages 24Available from

  7. says:

    A sharp, shiny and precise jewel of a dystopian novella I read The Ivory Tower very quickly some time ago and have finally managed to catch up with a review This dystopian story is brief but hides a good punch I m always in two minds with regards to shorter stories On the one hand I want to know , but on the other hand, the best of them are like perfect jewels, nicely shaped, shiny and precise Sharp with no rounded edges I suspect some of that precision and the effect might be lost if they were longer The Ivory Tower is one of those stories The reader is given some details but not the full story behind the situation or the reasons why the characters live as they do And that makes you think and imagine It also works because when the main character finds herself in a situation that she cannot quite understand, you are in her shoes and as astounded as her by what happens The sense of menace and threat increases as one reads and the writing helps create an atmospheric and intriguing tale Although there are no unduly lengthy descriptions, the reader knows where s he is And the ending If you only have a little time and want a good story not a feel good story, though go and grab The Ivory Tower, quick

  8. says:

    I love reading short stories and this one did not disappoint Set in a dystopian future, Kirstin Pulioff drew me in with her concise writing style and descriptive imagery She immediately transported me to the protection camp where Simone and Christine struggle to survive a horrific caste system and deplorable conditions Without having to explain the back story of the world in which they live, Pulioff created a meaningful story which left me emotionally tied to the characters Highly recommend to anyone looking for a quick, thought provoking read.

  9. says:

    This is a well written short story that I wish hadn t ended where it did I think there s a lot story yet to tell Well worth the price and time to read it Write please What happens next

  10. says:

    The Ivory TowerWritten by Kirstin PulioffThis is a well written short story set in a dystopian world where fear and repression are the norms of everyday living The colorful descriptions and lively verbs guide the reader on an adventure in which she will be eager to proceed on course with the heroine, Simone, and at the same time, be terrified of the outcome.As the story opens, the reader meets two young friends named Simone and Christine, who are on very different social levels in the camp and bear totally opposite personalities Simone is number 277 because she is an orphan Sometimes she does not even receive food rations Christine is number 35 she and her family are considered productive citizens The army is present to protect the citizens by keeping them in a restricted area which is free from contaminants of a recent disaster Young children attend school, but begin laboring in the factory as soon as they are old enough Everyone is prohibited from going near an old rusted tower that lies at the end of the forest.Simone and Christine are enjoying their last days of freedom before factory assignments They are playing hide and seek when Simone gets near the fence and spies the tower Christine urges her to retreat because she gets in trouble and is beaten by her parents when they find out she has been near the edge of the forest They warn her of the contaminants and punishment for risking disease by going there A few days later, Simone urges Christine to play hide and seek one time Reluctantly, she agrees Of course the fearless and curious Simone takes off straight to the tower While Christine waits outside, Simone gains entrance She finds duplicate pictures of those in the camp and monitors that are spying on its citizens Soon she hears footsteps and the approach of one of the soldiers Desperately, she tries to make her escape He informs her that they are there to protect all citizens whether they realize that or not.Before the close of the story, Christine and her friend are reunited in the hospital, but Simone is wounded and branded Will she become another dutiful citizen or do further adventures await this young citizen who does not appear willing and able to conform to camp life Can their friendship survive Children ages eight and up, especially those who love dystopian adventures, will surely enjoy this fast paced and well written short story This reader is already looking forward to a sequel.

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