The Alpha Drive (Book #1)

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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. (Via Amazon)

The Order of Omega (Book #2)

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Certainty is a fickle thing, and it doesn’t play nice. As her world crumbles around her, Emery Parker must continue on her journey to save those she loves— all while coming to terms with her past and the overwhelming power her family’s secret holds.

Emery’s choice to participate in The Alpha Drive initiative came with its risks and challenges—this she knew. But after confiding in Torin Porter and secretly working alongside the Seventh Sanctum, things have only become more unclear. As Emery fights to maintain control, the grey area between betrayal and allegiance grows larger, and the clarity she thought she had diminishes as the search for the truth develops in complexity. In a time of full-fledged uncertainty, Emery must fully embrace her past, even if doing so may mean losing everything—and everyone—she ever loved. (Via Amazon)

Restitution (Book #3)

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The world that Emery Parker grew up in no longer exists—she’d made sure of that. Adjusting to the new world is no easy feat, but Emery is more than ready to leave the past behind. With the promise of a fresh start and a new beginning, it is a place where she can finally let go of all of her painful memories and replace them with better ones.

But Emery’s new reality is more unsettling than she ever could have imagined. The sustainability of this world is at risk, and it’s up to her to find the solution. To do this, she must follow her intuition and put aside any feelings of guilt and uncertainty, even if it means betraying someone close to her. Once again, Emery must search for new truths and question old ones at the expense of the ones she loves, all while facing conflicting choices about life, death, and love. (Via Amazon)

My Review

I have to be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of YA-Dystopian novels, especially with the mix of science fiction thrown in. With that being said I was intrigued and I bought the first two books back in November 2016 when the author released the second book in the series (The Order of Omega).

I’ve followed Kristen’s journey on Youtube for the last year and a half, having grown to really connect with her content on the channel, I wanted to branch out within my reading and experience something new plus supporting a self-published author is always a great thing.

The concept for the series was “fresh” feeling, while it was dystopian, it didn’t feel like it was trying to be a “copy cat” of Divergent in any way.

I loved the pacing.

The Alpha Drive, the first book in the series was the authors debut novel. The book blurb initially intrigued me and the novel did not fail to deliver. The main character Emery, was loveable, yet you do occasionally hate her at times, she still remained relatable, like a real person. The plot was well developed, as the characters just added a richness and depth advancing the plot in a believable way, where you root for them. The cliffhanger at the end was great, I was glad I bought the second book at the same time as the first so I could keep turning the pages.

After the first novel I was hooked. Completely wrapped up in these characters stories, wanting to dive deeper into the richly layered world the author created.

The writing itself got stronger in the second book of the series, The Alpha Drive being the first and debut novel, was well written, but as the series went on the voice of the author, the clean flow of the writing really took shape.

“Ever heard the expression, “Time flies when you’re having fun’?” 

She rolled her eyes. “Of course I have.” 

“Same principle,” he said with a shrug. “Time also flies when you’re happy.” 

This quote completely encapsulates the feeling while reading the last two novels. I flew through them in three nights. I was completely engrossed into the world. The characters grew, facing challenges thrown at them. Some major heartache laced throughout each novel driving the story forward, testing Emery’s resolve and strength as a character. Dynamically developed she persevered in a believable way.

Each of the main characters felt layered and believable. There is nothing more annoying to a reader then having characters who remain stagnant, or not flawed, that just makes the not believable. The author gave the characters flaws, and at times you said “wtf” to several of the characters for how they were acting or reacting.

The world building was well done, between small snippets of dropped information  to some moments of longer informative conversations. It didn’t feel dry, or too much on backstory or development of the world. I appreciated that, we learned what we needed to in order to connect with the characters, the world they were living in and the challenges thrown against them while in that world.

The relationships over the three novels made the story impactful, relatable and believable. The reliance on friendship, the betrayal in relationships, the strength you gain having the ability to trust others and gain allies while losing friends, was beautifully done. This was a YA book, so the complexity of the relationships and the interpersonal conflicts they faced matched the reactions which were relatable as a reader.

His hand closed over hers.

He gave her an aching smile before saying, “Together.” 

New Beginnings. 

With each heartbreak, devastation, and mayhem life always seems to present us with new beginnings. This sentiment of new beginnings was laced throughout each of the novels, a kind reminder for everyone reading to realize everything is temporary, to be strong, to be fearless and to fight.

New beginnings are always on the horizon.

 I know reading the first three novels from the talented author Kristen Martin that this is just the beginning of her incredible career, one that I can’t wait to support and watch her dreams continue come true as a published author.

*All my views are my own, and I was in no way compensated for making this review*