"It is time to return to the surface."
Author: Jennifer Brody
Publisher: Turner Publishing
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
ABOUT THE BOOK
One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the descendants of the chosen survivors take refuge in thirteen contingency shelters buried deep underground, at the bottom of the ocean, and in the far reaches of outer space. In the underwater 13th Continuum, sixteen-year-old Myra Jackson has heard rumors and whisperings all her life of a magical place called "The Surface” where people could breathe fresh air, feel the warmth of something called sunlight on their skin, and see things known as stars and trees and mountains. Myra has never dared to ask whether the stories are true, since the act of speaking such words aloud is an offense punishable by death. But after she discovers that the air supply aboard her underwater colony is running out, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to find this mysterious place. To get there, she must first recover the only guide to the Surface—the Beacon, an ancient device that also connects her to Captain Aero Wright, a dashing young soldier from one of the only remaining space colonies. With the fate of all humankind depending on them, Myra and Aero must escape the tyrannical forces that rule their colonies, journey through the black depths of the ocean and across the cold void of space, to find each other on the Surface that their ancestors once called home.
The first book of a story of such usually takes some getting use, learning about the world and the science behind, the types of technology it has and what it means. However, with The 13th Continuum, your mind is already in as you followed along almost visually and be impressed by it. The complexity of the characters, from Myra to Aero and to all the supporting characters have you rooting for them from the get go. Even the "villains" deserves your "respect" of time to understand them. I'm still in awe at how Jennifer can write such layered characters with everything she's telling us already in this first book.
Unlike The Hunger Games, which took me a second read to really fall in love with it; The 13th Continuum already had me. Maybe because I've already fallen in love with this genre, but in truth, it's the innovation and insight of the author, Jennifer Brody that deserves the credit. The 13th Continuum was fun and action-packed, filled with lovable characters and dialogue, and stimulates imagination. For now, I'll need to calm that stimulant to patiently wait for Return of the Continuums.
NOTE: I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the publisher, Turner Publishing for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
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Jennifer Brody lives and writes in Los Angeles. After graduating from Harvard University, she began her career in feature film development. Highlights include working at New Line Cinema on many projects, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Golden Compass, and Love In The Time of Cholera. She’s a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She also founded and runs BookPod, a social media platform for authors with hundreds of members. This is her first book.