Monday, June 15, 2015

Alive by Scott Sigler (The Generations Trilogy, #1)

by Scott Sigler

My rating: 5 stars

Trilogy: The Generations - Book 1
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group-Del Rey
ISBN 9780553393101
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 368 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
“I open my eyes to darkness. Total darkness. I hear my own breathing, but nothing else. I lift my head . . . it thumps against something solid and unmoving. There is a board right in front of my face. No, not a board . . . a lid.”

A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief—she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people . . . and no answers.

She knows only one thing about herself—her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin—yet she finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they’re to have any chance, she must get them to trust one another.

Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there’s a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.

Alive by Scott Sigler

Alive (The Generations Trilogy, #1)I thought I had my review and my rating all figured out, then Scott Sigler’s Alive just wouldn’t let my brain rest! I found myself reliving scenes, dissecting what was really going on and looking for some deeper meaning to it all. There is no huge reveal until close to the end when every fiber is neatly woven together and the characters discover who and what they truly are, as well as what they were truly meant for. There is a feeling of each character needing to learn to crawl before walking and so on, both for survival and a feeling of community and one leader will rise, by design or fate, and heroes are born to follow her.

Sure there are dystopian fantasies out that ride the envelope of rapid-paced fascination, but I don’t think I have read anything so uniquely penned and plotted. Scott Sigler actually presents a case for plausibility in a distant future of mankind. While leading his characters blindly through what they assume is going on, he peels back another layer that forces them to re-think, re-group and forge ahead into the unknown. What better group to do this to, than blank slates, ready to be molded into a cohesive group of allies. I will NOT compare this other works, because Scott Sigler deserves to stand on his own in a spotlight of fabulous and powerful creative YA writing.

I received an ARC edition from Random House Publishing Group-Del Rey in exchange for my honest review.

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