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February 10, 2017

Selected (The Zaratan Trilogy, #1) by Evelyn Lederman #BookReview #Giveaway

 
Destruction.... A show of force... And a warning...

Three isolated towns across the world have been destroyed in a show of force by alien invaders. It is a clear warning of what will occur if their demands are not fulfilled. The fulfillment: Human children between the ages of twelve through fifteen years.

Kara Harper is an unremarkable fourteen-year-old girl who is selected by the aliens. She will be physically and socially orientated during the six months it will take to arrive at the planet Zaratan. The girl who liked the safety of being invisible, cannot help but stand out.

Matt Sparks, the boy next door, is also selected. Kara has had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. He vows to safeguard her. The closer they get to their destination, the more difficult it becomes to live up to his promise.

Kara is unsure if she has the strength to withstand the trials and physical changes she is forced to go through. In a new life, Kara will be torn. Will she be drawn in by an alien boy who has shown interest in her or by the powerful patriarch who sees her as the future of his race?
 





I distinctly remember a conversation I had with my sister and a friend about infinite parallel universes. We were outside Sedona, Arizona. All of a sudden 5 young women started talking in my mind. That was the start of 'The World's Apart' series. 'The Chameleon Soul Mate' was published in August 2014, followed by 'The Crystal Telepath' in December 2014. The floodgates have opened, and I have more books in the Worlds Apart series as well as other series coming. I’m loving the ride!




This book came up via our review request form. I grabbed it because of the cover, and the story sounded right up my alley. This book slated as a young adult book reads more like a middle-grade story. So slightly high middle grade and very low teen.  It would work as a bridge between the two.  The writing was very simple and not very intense even though the kids are being taken from their planet and away from all they know.  The action was extremely nonaction as well. It was all just very toned down. The characters felt half-formed and for the most part underdeveloped. 

Parts of the story just seemed very far fetched as well. And very out of character for parents as well as children.

This was a great idea but the execution of it just didnt work out.  The start of the book before the book really starts was the best part. 








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