Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Alpha Drive By Kristen Martin|Review


The Alpha Drive
Published by Black Falcon Press on November 17th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 322
Format: eGalley
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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.

My Thoughts

Net Galley Review 
I have to be honest, I did not enjoy Alpha Drive as much as I was hoping to. The synopsis gave me an action-packed, incredibly intricate world building, and a futuristic kind of feel. Unfortunately, I felt none of that while I read the story. And for the most part, I only read the dialogue because everything in between felt like fluff and was useless knowledge. Not only did the story lack in world building, but it lacked in character development. Immediately, Emery and Rhea connected almost too easily. Their relationship didn’t feel genuine or authentic. Especially, later in the story, normal a friend would respect your choices instead of pressuring you. But I understand Rhea’s character. There always seemed to be a selfish, inconsiderate person as the main characters friend. I understand that Rhea may have only been a catalyst to accomplish mediocre, predictable, and useless scenes that make Emery not only question their friendship but what is good and what is wrong. The POV’s were everywhere! At one point, it shifted to Emery and Rhea and then back to Emery. Though I do enjoy some insight and dramatic irony; however, it was too much for this book. Besides, the plot-holes alone is enough to confuse someone. I got so feed up trying to understand what was going on. The ending was all over the place! I had so much hope for this book. I wish I could’ve liked it more than I had.

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