Thursday, January 7, 2016

Review: The Alpha Drive by Kristen Martin

Title: The Alpha Drive 
Author: Kristen Martin
Publisher: Black Falcon Press
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Pages: 322
Format: E-Book
Source: Netgalley 
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction  

It's the year 2055 and an anarchist organization has taken control with the aim to create a world-class society. Half of humankind is unknowingly living in an alternate reality called Dormance . . . and there are no plans to wake them up.Sixteen-year-old introvert Emery Parker is one such dormant. An academic scholar who avoids ruffling feathers at all costs, Emery finds herself being transferred to a boarding school on the outskirts of Arizona. Little does she know, a family secret has the power to change the course of the future. When she's approached with an opportunity to free the dormants, she sees no other choice but to accept, even though failure could mean having her memory wiped clean.But when tech-savvy Torin Porter reaches out to her from the other side, Emery begins to question everything she was told about Dormance. If her family's secret falls into the wrong hands, the world as she knows it will be faced with irreversible consequences. Now Emery must play both sides to uncover the truth about her family's past or risk leaving mankind to live in an unconscious reality.

I have to be honest when I say that this book was better than I thought it was going to be. I went into this book with no expectations, little knowledge of the book or the author and in all honesty that was the best thing I could have done. I sat down to read and well maybe I did have a little bit of an expectation since this was the first book I read in 2016 but I was quite surprised and really happy I clicked on this book to read. 

As the synopsis says it is the year 2055 and I have a little freak out moment when I feel like the year should actually be 2015 with the way the technology and world is described.Then comes the part with the twist and everything is opened up. 

We follow this girl named Emery who seems like every normal teenage girl. Has a sister, has a boy friend, going to some boarding school (that doesnt seem the prettiest by the description of it), and is good at school. However, within a day of being there she is told something that changes how she views her world and the idea of reality. 

Emery was a good character. I felt we saw growth but it kind of just happened. I don't know if it was a little too fast or not but she was just good for me. And this is just the first book, the next book (which I hope to read) might have her become this amazing character as I see but for now she is just there. The supporting characters were there and I kind of wish we got to know them a little more but that is just my thing. 

There wasn't much a romance in here as I thought there might be which is something different and I kind of liked it. We do see the tension and there is a twist in which it might hit you, but other than that it was pretty calm. Nice I think! 

I fell into the story pretty easily and I never once got bored with it or have my mind drifting to something else. I am excited to see where the next book goes. I have some ideas on what it could bring but I will leave it to the author to surprise me. Fantastic start of the new year! 

Happy Reading! 

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