Sometimes I like to branch out a try to read something knew. I was snooping around on YouTube one day and I found a video from Kristen Martin in my "recommended for you" section. Being curious by nature I decided that I would take a look and see what it was about. Kristen was talking about how she published her book and where the idea for The Alpha Drive came from. I enjoyed the videos and decided that I would buy the book.
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.
The book cover is without doubt absolutely stunning. I love the way it encompasses the lion, although since reading the book I did not find a relevance to it in the story. I could have just missed that as I read through the story though. The blurb was also interesting to me. The dystopian element caught my attention and drew me in to want to read this book.
Overall I was a little disappointed with the book, the pacing was a little slow until the end where it felt rushed and confusing. There were more questions than answers, although thats what you want from a first book in a trilogy but there was just something that bothered me at the end.
The friendship between Emery and her roommate was also strange, I mean who gets that obsessive after one meeting? It was very strange. The good bits though, were the secrecy of the society Emery is drafted into, the trainings she pushed through and even the odd relationship with her ex-but-not-ex-boyfriend. Yes it was a good book, but I hope the second book gets a lot better.