Alex Unlimited, Volume 1: The Vosarak

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Jolley, penning the first original novel for Tokyopop's Pop Fiction prose imprint, starts things off with a bang. Eighteen-year-old Alexandra Benno, a naïve and emotionally immature teenager, has grown up under the protection of the Bureau of General Operations, a clandestine organization based in the nation's capital. Despite outward appearances, Alexandra is exceptionally gifted-she possesses the ability, through intense concentration, to summon versions of herself from alternate realities. These replicas are specialists in a vast array of arenas, from hostage negotiation to theoretical physics. Additionally, they are-invariably-gorgeous, worldly and the center of attention once they arrive, leaving Alex to stew on the sidelines. The latest replica Alex summons is Rachel (duplicates Alexes are referred to by their middle names), an expert on a dead language known as Vosarak. An artifact containing both Vosarak and Aramaic-a Rosetta stone of sorts-has been stolen, and Alex convinces her superiors to let her actively participate in this mission. Alex and Rachel soon discover that Vosarak has the ability to affect machinery and the human mind, and SKAR, the criminal organization behind the theft, plans to use the relic to control the human race telepathically. The breakneck pace and the cinematic quality of Jolley's writing should keep action fans turning the pages of this first installment in a planned series. Ages 13-up. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427801227
  • Publisher: TOKYOPOP
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Alex Unlimited Series , #1
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    I have to start off by saying that I really, really, really enjoyed this book! It's got action-adventure, it has alternate realities, it's got a great main character. In essence, it's got everything you need for a great read. Actually, it's got everything you need in a book you'll want to read more than once! <BR/><BR/>Alexandra "Alex" Benno isn't your typical teen. Alex has the ability to sift through alternate realities as if they were snowflakes. Ever since she can remember, she's been trained to use her gifts by a secret government agency. Now she uses those same gifts to bring different versions of herself to this reality whenever they're needed. Alex is able to sift through those realities and choose the version of herself that is the best fit for whatever job is at hand. <BR/><BR/>There's only problem (as there always is!). All of the "other" Alex's are beautiful, tough, [...]-kicking girls who get to see all of the action and ultimately save the day. Unfortunately, the "real" Alex (the one in this reality) is more of a quiet, pretty-but-not-beautiful, stay-in-the-background type of girl. And, frankly, she's tired of it. Tired of not getting the kudos that she deserves for bringing the other Alex's in to the rescue. Tired of always being treated like a little girl who never gets to have a hand in any of the action. <BR/><BR/>So when the powers that be decide that the current mission is safe enough for Alex to take a front-seat, active role, she's thrilled. Alex needs to work to decipher the Vosarak Code (along with an alternate reality Alex, of course) and stop some bad guys from trying to take over the world. But things don't go exactly as planned, and the real Alex realizes that there might be a reason she never sees much action. <BR/><BR/>This is a great start to what I hope will be a long-running series in the ALEX UNLIMITED books. You'll immediately be hooked by Alex and all of her alternate versions, and, if you're like me, will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series to find out what happens next!

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