The world as she knows it has ended, and Willow and her family want to get into the underground shelters. To do that they have to pass a series of tests to prove that they are not infected with the Virus that has killed a large number of people. Willow's 4 year old brother, Sebastian, failed the test and it broke her heart when herself and her father have to leave her brother and mother behind. But Willow adapts quickly to life underground, making friends with Claire and Conor, and even seems to start a slightly flirty relationship with her boss, Alec. But then strange things start to happen, things that can't be explained, and the foursome want to know the answers...
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This book probably sits somewhere between dystopian and sci-fi (and yes I am aware that technically dystopian could be counted as sci-fi, but I read so much of it that I have to treat it as its own genre). Though I have a feeling that the following books in the series are going to lean more towards the sci-fi side.
I must admit that there was a massively heart wrenching moment at the start of this book, and even though I pretty much figured out it was coming, the fact that Willow was separated from her little brother was still horrible to read (I have a little brother myself, and in her situation I know I would have wanted to - and probably been forced to do - the same as Willow and her Dad, which just made the whole scene much more poignant). However, Willow did seem to get over it quite fast, I know that she was busy and all, but I would have expected a bit more emotion about being stuck without her mother and her brother.
I'm very happy to report the lack of a love triangle, and the fact that none of the main characters ended up three wheeling because they were a foursome (serious oversight when one poor character is left on their own!) and I thought that the progression of the love stories worked well, being neither too fast nor too slow. Plus, Alec is adorable (I want one, where can I get one!)
This is well worth the read, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one!
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The ELE Series
by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels
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Fifteen-year-old Willow Mosby's life, as she knows it, ends the moment she walks through the shelter's door. Willow has to quickly adapt to the new challenges that shelter life demands, which includes making new friends and working a full time job.
Soon after making an interesting discovery, Willow and her friends start exhibiting strange abilities. Seeking answers, they embark on a mission to find out what these new abilities mean and whether they are a gift or a curse.
This new adventure can send her world crashing down around her. The question is: Can Willow survive the fall?
From the best selling authors of Night Marchers comes a new apocalyptic series with a paranormal twist.
GUEST POST- AWESOME POWERS
If you had the power to choose any power you would want, which power would that be? In The ELE Series, the characters didn't get to choose the powers they would develop. Instead, someone decided for them. The fact remains though, that in a future world years after Project ELE ends, citizens might very well have the ability to choose their own power. How would you choose? Based on a power that would work best for your personality? Perhaps even based on your preferred eye color? Below you will find the author's personal choices. We encourage you to comment on this blog post to share with us what choice you would make.
Rebecca Gober- I would choose gold- the power of telekinesis. How could would it be to be able to pick up objects or even people with your own mind. Or throw a tantrum and rip a tree up out of the ground and hurl it against a wall. (I don't condone the senseless abuse of trees, but the act would make for quite a dramatic show.) Now, if I were to choose my eye color based on vanity alone, I'd pick purple eyes. Gold eyes are cool, but I've always thought purple eyes would be neat to have.
Courtney Nuckels- I would choose dark blue- the power to heal. Having dealt with my own personal health battles and seeing loved ones around me that go through similar battles, I'd want to be able to have the ability to heal them. I have a passion for helping others and this ability would work perfectly with my passion. If I did get to choose a color based on vanity only, I'd pick purple. Now Rebecca, get out of my head! (If you haven't seen many of our other posts, we tend to have a very similar mind set, which of course makes us great writing partners. So it really doesn't surprise me that she picked the same color.)
Check out the below eye color chart and comment with your choice and why!
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Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpSSFWmJDNY
Rebecca and Courtney are downhome country girls powered by chocolate and other random late night cravings. Coined in southern twang they bring new meaning to the word y'all. BFI's since the 6th grade, with a knack for getting into sticky situations, has resulted in countless ideas to write about for years to come.