1st book in the Evolutionaries series
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Behr Ink
Publication date: January 21, 2020
I quite enjoyed this young adult novel which was a cross between fantasy and science-fiction. It was gripping and immersive enough to make me want to keep turning the pages late into the night.
Violet is surprisingly contemplative for someone so young and doesn’t seem to be too put off by the fact that she’s practically been kept under house arrest throughout her childhood.
I thought the secret of the Level 1 Armory in the Ark was underwhelming but since this is Book 1, I guess something more sophisticated will be uncovered in the other levels.
The way in which Violet’s abilities come to the fore is fascinating to watch and I hope she learns to control and manipulate them skillfully in the next book. I’m a bit concerned about the voice in her head, though–it seems like a breach of consent to me.
The scene where Amera fights back the unknown attacker is awesome. I loved all the detail and it was like watching a movie in my head.
Special mention for Hailey, who appeared to become more and more human as time went by! She was the most enjoyable part of this story for me.
The author has successfully kept the suspense going throughout the book. I had so many questions as I was reading and I still do, so I won’t be able to rest until I’ve read the next book!
A runaway princess with elemental powers stumbles upon a thousands-year-old archive of ancient tech that will forever change her utopian kingdom.
The citizens of Amera are blessed with a range of extraordinary powers – from telepathy and healing to growing plants and breathing under water. As descendants of genetically modified humans desperate to survive an ice age, Amerans have built a peaceful, prosperous kingdom uniting nine realms, each with their own king and queen.
Violet is a princess of Neyr, the third of the nine realms of Amera, living in the transformed ruins of ancient New York City, high up in the reborn Chrysler building. Born into Neyr’s talented ruling family, she struggles to show evidence of any special power herself. Raised by one of the most powerful healers in Ameran history, Violet wants more than anything to pass her Criterion, a test all citizens must take to prove they are worthy and to find their place in society. But when her powers explode to catastrophic effect in front of her entire court, she runs from the unthinkable damage and misery she has caused.
In her desperate escape, Violet stumbles upon an incredible archive of ancient knowledge and awakens Hailey, an artificial intelligence relic who reveals hidden truths that could be the key to her return home.
But when the sanctuary of the Amera is threatened by humans, old enemies of Amera who live in violent colonies beyond Amera’s borders, Violet must master her burgeoning powers and find a way to protect her idyllic kingdom from the outside world.
A thrilling, action-packed blend of Young Adult fantasy and post-apocalyptic science fiction. Perfect for fans of the Lunar Chronicles and Shatter Me series.
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About S. Behr
I love a good story, in all artforms. I have been a professional photographer for nearly 20 years and I had to learn to tell a story with a click of a button and capture the layers of emotion in a single image. Little did I know it was boot camp for writing.
Being an author was a childhood dream and as I got older it seemed to be a dream that grew further out of reach with each passing year. But with encouragement from a lot of friends, new and old, my husband being my biggest cheerleader, The Evolutionaries series has begun with Power Divided.
To keep me company during my writing bubbles are my husband and our fur babies. They love whatever I write, even if they can’t read it but they don’t always love the music I write to. We all have to make sacrifices! And I am still pinching myself ever since I found out, that, recently I became a Featured Author.
Power Divided will be in the Feb 15th Issue of Kirkus Magazine.
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