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I Belong

Review: Alternity by Mari Mancusi

Title: Alternity

Author: Mari Mancusi

Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic

Series: N/A

Publication Date: October 26, 2012

Format: Paperback, 242 Pages

ISBN-10: 1620510588 (NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC)

ISBN-13: 978-1620510582 (NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC)

Reviewed by: Kayla


Imagine waking up in a post-apocalyptic, nightmare world–and being told your whole life is but a dream. Skye Brown thought she was your typical college student–good grades, hot boyfriend, and an internship that pays her to play video games. But then she started having the dreams. In her dreams, there is no Earth. Only Terra, a bleak, underground wasteland where people live in squalor and oppression. In her dreams, there is no Skye–only Mariah, a rebel leader fighting against a vile, dystopian regime. And then there’s Dawn, a handsome, but haunted solider who sees her as but an empty shell of the girl he once love–a betrayer he vows to hate forever, despite what she sees deep in his eyes. Now, ripped between Dark Siders and club kids, the mundane and the mystic, Skye finds herself in a fight against time–to learn who she really is, where she belongs..and why. The shocking truth will have her questioning her own reality…and her heart.

Quick & Dirty: For fans of The Matrix, Blade Runner, and Inception. A girl must overcome her memory loss to accept her role in a post-apocalyptic world underground.

Opening Sentence: Running. I am running for my life.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Skye Brown is an ordinary human from an ordinary college with an ordinary boyfriend. So when her ordinary life is interrupted by a not-so-ordinary nightmare, she is more than a little shaken up. But just a few puffs of her inhaler and everything’s back to normal. Then those dreams become reality… that’s when she starts freaking out.

Skye Brown is transferred to Terra–a post-apocalyptic underground city that hides from the surface due to nuclear wars. There are three types of people in Terra–the Indys, the rich and oblivious; the Dark Siders, the workforce and rebellious and the nTs, the enhanced robotic humans that will someday replace the Dark Siders as the workforce. When Skye wakes up inside a room in Moongazer Palace (the “teleport” to Earth and back,) she’s lost and confused, but remembers what her yoga instructor told her before she left Earth. Call Dawn. But Dawn sees her as someone else; in fact everyone thinks she’s Mariah Quinn, rebel leader extraordinaire. But Skye knows, she’s from Earth–even Duske, one of the leaders of Terra (also the guy her yoga teacher told her NOT to trust,) calls her by her real name, Skye. But then her reality is flipped. She doesn’t know who to believe or even who she is anymore. Is her inhaler really for asthma or is it a drug from Moongazing that she’s addicted to? But she must help the Dark Sider’s cause. It’ll only take a day, right?

Talk about complex. Fans of Inception will love this action-packed thriller with worlds within worlds and a heroine who’s faults become her strengths. The plot was filled with twists and turns, action scenes and a few steamy romance scenes. Everything was fast-paced–although the romance was a bit on the too fast side.

Dawn was Mariah Quinn’s loyal boyfriend–before he thought she betrayed the entire rebellion and sold him out to the government. He thought he was through with her and her Moongazer ways. But then Skye calls him from Moongazer Palace. And all those feelings come rushing back. At first Dawn in wary–Skye may look and act like Mariah, but she isn’t the woman he fell in love with. But then Skye proves she’s loyal to the cause. All of a sudden BAM they love each other. This was the only problem I had with the book. They know each other for about a day, she leaves, comes back, and now all of a sudden Dawn gets over his feelings for Mariah and Skye forgets her boyfriend on Earth. So much for loyalty.

But other than that lightning fast romance, this book has an amazing plot. It’s so intricate and complex that I had no idea where the ending was going to be or how it would play out. Some of the smaller obstacles seemed to be easily side-stepped, but hey there were bigger and better obstacles to overcome later. Props to Mancusi for creating so much suspense in one book.

And let’s talk about this one book deal. IT ENDS IN A CLIFFHANGER. It’s not a major one. In fact it’s the average dystopian cliffhanger with rebellions brewing but the hero and heroine are together. But there is no talk of a sequel in the future! There’s so much potential for a whole series from this one idea! There are so many strings still hanging by the end of the book, it’s hard not to imagine a sequel. So please, Mancusi, if you are reading this, PLEASE make another one!

Notable Scene:

I squeeze my hands into fists, frustrated beyond belief. “What … is … Moongazing?”

Dawn doesn’t answer, and the sudden silence is unnerving. He sinks down onto his futon, his anger seeming to dissipate into sadness. I drop to the couch, looking at him pleadingly. “Tell me,” I beg. “Please.”

But he just shakes his head. “I look at you now and see nothing but an empty shell. A shadow of a girl I once loved, with false memories to lull her to sleep while her people suffer and die, lost without their leader.” He stares at the wall so hard I half wonder if he’ll burn a hole in the rock. “You make me sick, Mariah Quinn.”

“I’m not Mariah,” I protest again, weakly this time, most of the fight in me gone. I wish he could just accept that I’m not who he thinks I am. I’m not a leader. Or a traitor, for that matter. I’ve never been here before. I’ve never laid eyes on Dawn. I’ve never laid eyes on any of these people.

Are you so sure about that?

FTC Advisory: NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC provided me with a copy of Alternity. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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