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Qualify Hardcover – Dec 20 2014
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The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver ships to offer humanity help.
But there's a catch.
They can only take a tiny percent of the Earth's population back to the colony planet Atlantis. And in order to be chosen, you must be a teen, you must be bright, talented, and athletic, and you must Qualify.
Sixteen-year-old Gwenevere Lark is determined not only to Qualify but to rescue her entire family.
Because there's a loophole.
If you are good enough to Qualify, you are eligible to compete in the brutal games of the Atlantis Grail, which grants all winners the laurels, high tech luxuries, and full privileges of Atlantis Citizenship. And if you are in the Top Ten, then all your wildest wishes are granted... Such as curing your mother's cancer.
There is only one problem.
Gwen Lark is known as a klutz and a nerd. While she's a hotshot in classics, history, science, and languages, the closest she's come to sports is a backyard pool and a skateboard.
This time she is in over her head, and in for a fight of her life, against impossible odds and world-class competition-including Logan Sangre, the most amazing guy in her school, the one she's been crushing on, and who doesn't seem to know she exists.
Because every other teen on Earth has the same idea.
You Qualify or you die.
About the Author
- Publisher : Norilana Books (Dec 20 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 600 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1607621339
- ISBN-13 : 978-1607621331
- Item weight : 1.03 kg
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.81 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #970,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A couple of the reviewers of this first book were hung up on believability. If believability is a criterion for reading a book, then why on earth read fantasy literature in the first place? I don't know about anyone else, but fantasy is pure mind candy for me, and I'm quite happy to suspend belief if the characters and story are good enough to carry any faults. And I love the story.
I'm older than dirt, but I clearly remember the angst of the teen years--and the books are, after all, about a teenager. Although I will concede that the author does tend to be long-winded, I think the story line is compelling, and I'm as anxious to read the next book in this series as I was the first. (I read all three books in the series on Wattpad as the author was creating them, and then purchased them on Amazon. And I plan to do the same with the fourth.) For me, this series is a keeper.
Furthermore, it's nice to read a self-published ebook in which I don't have to struggle through endless paragraphs of bad homonyms, incorrect grammar, and inept punctuation, the way I did until I got wise and immediately scrapped a book at the first chapter if I ran into this kind of horrible writing. Nowadays, many of the books I think look good on Amazon don't make it past the "Look Inside" view onto my iPad.
Book 4 of the Atlantis Grail , entitled "Survive," is in the works; and I say, bring it on!
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The writing is excellent, compelling, heart wrenching, and thought provoking. This isn't a stand alone book, its part of a series which is still being written, and its a must have series!
I have read book 2, Compete, and now I am nervously waiting for Book 3, Win.
I am a speed reader, and this is NOT a short book, but I have been compelled to re-read the first 2 books back to back, as in read Qualify, then Compete, then back to Qualify, then Compete, and now I am re-reading them again! Not because I have missed something or misread something, but because the story line is so compelling, that I need something to fill my time until Book 3, Win, is due out in March sometime. I find my self thinking of all the possible scenarios that could occur, with the main characters, all the twists and turns.
Having said that this is not a book for those who are looking for a typical Sci-Fi book, full of space ship battles. This is a series full of personal battles set in space. Rarely am I caught up in a book to such an extent! I have even had a peek at the first 4 chapters of Win, and now I am even MORE nervous! I need the full book, but I know I am going to be left in a similar state while waiting for the final book in the series to be written........But I don't care, I just need to read the book! This author has the ability to hold me with the story, and I eagerly await the next 2 books, and probably more from this fabulous writer. The only other authors who have had this effect on me, are David Eddings, Jolea M Harrison, and Robert Jordan, and as far as I am concerned those are the Best writers to keep company with!
It starts of at a decent speed however it does take a while to get into the training ground. Nearer the end it picks up momentom not going into any unnessassery description or long winded text during the finals
i truly thought it would be a ripoff copy of the hunger games. Obviously i was wrong and in for a pleasant surprise.
One thing that was expected is (spoiler) everyone of gwens family and friends pretty much made it to the finals but we dont hear anything about the top scoring students after they where briefly mentioned during the semi finals.
Overall its a superb book for teenage fans of hunger games and divergent
Unfortunately it was too long and the pace needed to be faster. It would have worked better in a smaller, closer-knit dystopian setting and I think that's what the writer was trying to create in the training camps, but it fell to bits whenever they encountered the wider world.
SPOILERS AHEAD: it was too contrived that all of Gwen's family, friends and enemies (basically every named character we'd encountered) kept making it through each round of the qualification process while nameless teens or people who'd had one or two sentences of introduction were dropping like flies. She was a genius and had her unique voice skill, but there was no indication that any of her siblings or friends were special in any way. After they all received their training scores we were briefly introduced to the elite top-scoring candidates, but they were never mentioned again.
Most of what they learned in their classes wasn't useful for the trials. When did they need to swim? The underwater challenge could only be survived by hoverboarding, and the hoverboards don't work underwater. The Blue quadrant's firearm weapons were always going to be ridiculously overpowered in an open urban environment. We never saw any of the other types of weapons used outside of classes. Almost every challenge in the trials was solved by Gwen's ingenuity and the rest of the candidates following her ideas. As a result it seemed those who qualified were a handful of brilliant out-of-the-box thinkers and whoever happened to be tagging along with them at the time.
I won't comment on the contradictions and unpleasantness inherent in Atlantean society and attitudes, since I haven't read books 2 and 3 yet, and I have a suspicion the Atlanteans may not turn out to be as benevolent and morally/culturally advanced as they claim. I think this book did just enough to prompt me to continue.
It's a future earth, and one with only a couple of years left before it's wiped out by an asteroid.
The only hope for the human race is the children, who are given the chance to Qualify for place on rescue ships sent by the planet Atlantis (who used to be from Earth Atlantis,but left) by competing in a world-wide Running Man sort of contest.
Every child in the right age band HAS to apply to Qualify, but out of all them, only ten million will earn a place.
Enter Gwen Lark and her siblings George, Gordon and Grace - the Four Gees.
Gwen is the protagonist, a bright, compassionate girl, and the school nerd. She and her siblings qualify and are take immediately to a Regional Qualification Centre to be trained for the next stage.
Qualification is an unforgiving and often brutal process, with no space for mistakes.
CONTENT WARNING: Children/young adults are killed in this book. Even though I knew it was coming, I found it quite hard to process how abruptly it happened, and was quite distressed.
This book is gripping, although it feels a little slow in places, and races by in others. There is a palpable sense of waiting for the other shoe to drop; it's claustrophobic and menacing and quite dark throughout.
I did immediately purchase book two on finishing because I have invested a lot of time and effort into Gwen and her friends and family and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. It ended on a horrible (although appropriate) cliffhanger, and I can't leave it there!
An excellent book with a very real and realised world. Highly recommended.