The Survivors: Point of Origin

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The winter is upon us. The Survivors are in chaos. The war is coming. One year ago, Sadie Matthau was living among humans, existing as one of them. But now she wakes each morning in a house in the Survivors' City, listening to the invocations and insults of her family members as they cope with their new future. A war. Rogue abandoners turned monsters. Sadie and the icy Winters living in their midst, bringing the outside world in. The Survivors: Point of Origin is Sadie's quest to save her family. But can she find...

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Overview

The winter is upon us. The Survivors are in chaos. The war is coming. One year ago, Sadie Matthau was living among humans, existing as one of them. But now she wakes each morning in a house in the Survivors' City, listening to the invocations and insults of her family members as they cope with their new future. A war. Rogue abandoners turned monsters. Sadie and the icy Winters living in their midst, bringing the outside world in. The Survivors: Point of Origin is Sadie's quest to save her family. But can she find what she is looking for when she can barely stomach the Winters' wintry demeanor and finds herself distracted by Cole Hardwick's warm heart? Will she be able to uncover her family's history even as the elders' grip tightens around her throat? In an action packed ride full of magic and misery, terror and triumph, Sadie Matthau seeks the Survivors' beginning just in time to face her end.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 9 Up—Sadie Matthau has the weight of both the human and supernatural world on her shoulders. She must protect her original survivor family from the threat of destruction by rogue members as well as her new family-vampires Everett Winter and his clan. At the same time, Sadie is on a mission to solve the mystery of the survivors and discover their Point of Origin. She begins a worldwide quest to find the answers and unravel the secrets of their creation. As she learns the clues that unlock some pieces of a complex puzzle, other questions arise. Havard expertly guides readers through the history and mythology of the supernatural while intertwining it with the present day. Plot twists and turns abound, and while shocking secrets and truths are revealed, nothing is truly resolved. Point of Origin is an epic adventure of suspense, betrayal, love, and belonging. Readers will identify with Sadie's driving need to confront her past in order to understand what her future holds. This fresh spin on the paranormal genre will satisfy fans and leave them wanting more.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983319047
  • Publisher: Chafie Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 713,227
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

AMANDA HAVARD thinks in stories. She writes books and songs, tells stories to people over coffee or in elaborate iPad apps. Stories are her life.
THE SURVIVORS: POINT OF ORIGIN is her second novel, and is an amalgamation of all of her storytelling love combined. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she now lives in Nashville, Tennessee— a place where creativity drips from the sap of the trees, radiates from the attitude of the population, and seeps from the concrete. The inventor of the Immersedition interactive book app, Havard is always looking for the next best story—and the most innovative way to tell it.
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  • Posted September 28, 2013

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    Enthralling, Dark Fantasy

    Get ready for book two in the Survivors Series! Did you love book one? Expect to be wowed again by Point of Origin by Amanda Havard and her brilliantly creative talent as we are taken on a ride of discovery, truths, lies, misdirections, revelations and, of course, more questions.
    As Sadie continues on her quest for knowledge of her people’s past, she is still contemplating trying to find a way to end her long life, all in the name of research, of course. Yet she needs to get to the origins of her people in order to save both her old and new families, in spite of how the Survivors treat her. So with impending doom looming on the horizon, time is of the essence and knowledge will be the key to survival.

    Carefully weaving each new piece of information into the complex and engrossing plot, Ms. Havard had a death grip on my imagination throughout Point of Origin. How much human history is accurate? From the Salem witch hunts to the unrecorded banishment of the group of “witch” children, later to be known as the Survivors, Sadie finds as many questions as answers. How does the Winter family play into the lives of the Survivors? Who is the Raven? What evil does he hold within his grasp?

    Is Sadie missing her “human” world too much? Through all of the trials and tribulations going on, Sadie has two men who hold her heart, but which one is the right for her, the human, Cole or Everett, another supernatural? As with all of the characters, there is much more depth and a greater sense of realism, dimension and personality,making each man a good candidate for Sadie's heart.Sigh...

    How Amanda Havard could juggle all the subplots and keep the story moving along in such a smooth manner while dishing out only “need to know” information, is a testament to her writing ability and her amazing sense of imagination and timing, leaving me anxious for book three!

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

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    There is so much that is involved in this series that you really

    There is so much that is involved in this series that you really need to read Book 1: The Survivors before starting Point of Origin. Sadie has been living life as a human for so long, it's hard for her to adapt back to the ways of The Survivors. Plus, now she has the Winter's with her, so making sure everyone gets along isn't easy. I'm not sure where her relationship with Everett is going. They say they love each other, but some of the things they do and say don't reflect that love. Sadie keeps visiting Cole too which really doesn't help her relationship with Everett. She's struggling even more with both her humanity and lack of humanity, and as a result both of these guys are being strung along for the ride. I won Point of Origin by Amanda Havard through Bookies. The opinions are my own.

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  • Posted July 24, 2013

    With an amazing start to this series I eagerly dove right into b

    With an amazing start to this series I eagerly dove right into book 2, and I'm so thrilled that it lived up to my every expectation. It delivered an exciting plot, with all the twists and turns, never giving too much away, but just enough to keep me enthralled.




    As Sadie continued with her inner turmoil, she faced greater threats than ever before. The war loomed and she still had to put up with the hatred of her own kind. Then there's her continued struggle with her love for a monster. Add to that, the changes to her powers that give her a front row view of the chaos and destruction caused by her kin, and finally the point of origin; the one pulling all the strings. It's no wonder the girl seemed like a bit of a nutter at times.




    I felt more settled in the story, having gotten to know all the characters in book 1, and it felt like I was right alongside them as they searched for ways to end the war that threatened to end the Survivors, as well as the truth to the many lies that had been told for centuries. Even if the Survivors believed they were protecting their own, it felt wrong. There were just too many half-truths and secrets.




    As Sadie and her companions delved deeper and deeper into the origin of the Survivors, the darker this story became. And I have to admit that it crept under my skin to the point where I felt the need to sleep with the lights on. There was a eeriness to the story that just gave me the chills.




    I was excited to see Cole Hardwick hadn't disappeared completely, although I wouldn't have blamed him if he had, and every time I thought of him I couldn't stop myself from hating Sadie a little. I hated how she used him. Even when her powers made her privy to his most inner feelings and thoughts, she still had this selfish disregard for him. I wish she had just ended it once and for all, but when this never happened I had to wonder if Cole played a bigger role in the story. Her actions at the end were a little puzzling, and again I was shocked at her selfishness. All she knew was to run, which was a sad thing for her, but I wish she had been tougher and was willing to stand up with everyone instead of always expecting them to pick up the pieces, while giving false hope to others.




    Of course, I still hadn't completely warmed up to Everett by the end of this book. He was a little too moody and for someone who had so much physical strength, he lacked in confidence when it came to his relationship with Sadie. However, I cannot fault him completely. He did really care for her, and some of the more private moments spent with her were sweet.




    If there's something Havard does well, it is cliffhangers! There is no way that anyone reading this book won't immediately grab a copy of her next book as soon as it's released. (Lucky for us, today is that day!!) The ending held so much promise but also so much heartache for at least one if not more of the characters who've latched onto my soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Truly amazing.

    Read the first one on Wattpad a few months ago and fell in love with the characters and just the book in general. I am slightly disappointed the first one isn't also published, but I can understand why. I highly recommend finding the first one on Wattpad then coming back and reading the second.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Awesome

    I absolutely love this book cant wait for the next book to hit the shelves !!!!

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