The Alpha Drive | Kristen Martin | Book Review

Hello My Wordy Friends!

Today’s book review is for The Alpha Drive by Kristen Martin.  Published in November 2015, this book is the first book in the Alpha Drive series.  

I have been following author Kristen Martin on YouTube and Instagram for quite a while, and I always leave her channel feeling optimistic, motivated and happy, so I thought it was high time that I read some of her actual stories!

This story is set in two worlds.  The world in which the main character Emery lives is called Dormance which is actually a world where all the inhabitants are living in an induced coma.  

The story does have some plot holes, but the idea of the story is still captivating.  I wasn’t sure how someone whose is in a coma can interact with other people in a coma, but then again, this is fiction, and anything goes!  

I thought the character Rhea, Emery’s roommate, was a bit on the creepy side especially at the beginning of the book. But as the first couple of chapters were a bit “all over the place” I chalked this creepiness up to the fact that this was a debut novel, and the author was still working out her writing kinks. After the initial chapters, the writing smoothed out and I no longer continued to question the plot or characters.  In fact, I rather enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to finding out what happens in the next installment in this Young Adult dystopian series.

I have given this three and a half stars out of five and only expect the series to get better from here!

Thanks for reading with me!


Book Summary from Goodreads: 

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. 

Summary sourced from Goodreads.

All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own. 

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