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Series: The Alpha Drive Trilogy
Author: Kristen Martin
Publisher: Black Falcon Press
Publication Date: 11/17/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
Dystopian? Not exactly… at least not in the traditional sense of the word. A great sci-fi adventure? Definitely!
Imagine going to a new school and learning that reality…isn’t. That your body is somewhere in comatose state, awaiting termination because of the bad guys. Now imagine that the bad guys turn out to be the good guys and the good guys turn out to be the bad guys…at least for the moment. That, ladies and gentlemen, is The Alpha Drive.
The first book in a trilogy, The Alpha Drive starts off a bit slow, but quickly picks up the pace. The characters aren’t well developed right off, but I think that adds to the book rather than detracting from it. After all, there are two more books and so more opportunities to find out about the characters. I will say this, lack of major character development aside, I couldn’t stop reading this book and didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to see how it ends.
The ending is very interesting and opens the doors for the second book in the trilogy. I’m excited to get my hands on a copy of the second and third books so I can read them as well.
The Alpha Drive is a 5 star sci-fi read that provides a fresh take on sci-fi and keeps you on your toes.
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.