Thursday, December 28, 2017

Pulse:The Trial by R.A. Crawford (Pulse, #1)

PULSE: The Trial
by R.A. Crawford

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Pulse - Book 1
Publication Date: January 17, 2016
Publisher: R.A. Crawford
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Print Length: 230 pages
Available from: Amazon 

It’s been 100 years since the inter-galactic organization known as PULSE intervened to liberate the women of Earth. Now purged of its male population, the women have embarked on a journey to take their place in the all-female cosmic society.
In order to enlist in PULSE’s renowned military, earthlings Stella, Faye and the rest of their class must face the Trial. Only a few human women have ever conquered the perils of this three-day expedition across one of the most dangerous planets in the galaxy.
The girls must learn to work together in order to survive the threat of vicious alien beasts, scorching desert sands and icy mountain peaks, all while being hunted by an unstoppable and deadly foe.

Pulse:The Trial by R.A. Crawford (Pulse, #1)

PULSE: The Trial (PULSE, #1)In a dystopian future Earth, where an interplanetary military organization has liberated the women and the male population has been decimated, young women must train and test to become part of an elite intergalactic army. This is the story of the final test, survival on a hostile world, a test of one’s skills to think fast, think as a team when needed and trust in one’s instincts to make it to a final pick up destination and induction into the PULSE army as a warrior.

Centered on Stella and her best friend, Faye, it will be a test of survival of the fittest, of moving forward at all costs, of giving, trusting and personal examination. Friendships will be tested, learning to risk one’s self for the good of the whole and it is brutal.

PULSE by R.A. Crawford is a dark look at manipulation of the mind, the good and bad of competition and learning to use whatever mean available for survival, including forfeiting the lives of others to make it to “the top.” Will it be worth it? Does the game justify the outcome? Does surviving truly make one hero, a true warrior, or is it in the sacrifice that we will witness true heroics?

Fast paced, shrouded in an unknown evil all around, forty teens will be tested, but few will become part of PULSE. R.A. Crawford raises several questions throughout this tale pf coming of age, and yet, we must wonder of the past that led the females to dominate the galaxy. Strong characters, well-defined, flawed and human, raw action and consequences for what is revealed to be a questionable goal!

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