by Sherry D. Ficklin, Tyler H. Jolley


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ISBN-13: 9781937053680
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Series: Lost Imperials Series , #1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Sherry is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel, eat exotic food, and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is often only seen in blurry photographs.

Tyler Jolley was born in the era of the Star Wars and the Indiana Jones sagas. He has been enamored with science fiction and adventure stories ever since. In order to support his hobby of writing he decided to pursue dentistry. Snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, bird hunting, camping, hiking, and backpacking are the things he enjoys doing with his family. He also enjoys lecturing internationally on temporary orthodontic implants. However, his true passion has always been fiction writing.When life gets stressful he escapes to unseen worlds to find relaxation. His career has been the vehicle to let him write without worry. He finds inspiration from most of his adolescent patients. He continues to dream up fun and thrilling books to this day.

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Extracted 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Extracted is one of those novels that will leave you on the edge of your seating, turning the pages in anticipation of what wonderful things you'll find on the next page.  The book centers around time time travelers called Rifters.  The main characters are Lex and Ember and the story is told from both their points of view with Ficklin writing Ember's character and Jolley writing Lex's.  Both the authors did an excellent job in writing their characters and bringing the story together.   I loved Lex's character, he's a totally hot and swoon-worthy book boyfriend, and Ember is quite the heroine.  There are quite a few secondary characters that were fun to get to know and added so much to the story.   Lex and Ember are in the midst of, as well as part of a time war, and find themselves torn between the two rival factions that are battling it out, the Hollows and The Telsa Institute.  Extracted is filled with nonstop heart-pounding action, adventure, danger, and a little romance.  If you are looking for something different and/or are a fan of steampunk, science fiction, and time travel, then this is just the book for you.  I found it to be a very entertaining and enjoyable read that will get your blood pumping, and I think this is something teens and adults alike would enjoy.                                                              Favorite Quote: We've never formally been introduced to the students from the Tesla Institute because every time we meet, things go from zero to face punch too quickly for small talk.  
Kelly_Hashway More than 1 year ago
I can't decide who I liked better, Lex or Ember. Both characters come alive and while they are essentially on opposite sides of this war, I couldn't choose between them. Not that I had to because Lex and Ember wind up working on the same side anyway. I loved how Ficklin and Jolley combined the concept of time travel with the way Lex and Ember are trying to remember their pasts. The two story lines overlapped perfectly and made it difficult to put the book down. I also loved how the Tesla Institute rifters and the Hollows used different methods of time travel. It kept things interesting for both the reader and the characters who were trying to learn more about the people they were fighting with. But like I mentioned earlier, what made it impossible for me to get enough of this book was the way I was cheering along both sides. With the exception of one character who I could truly see as a villain, I fell for just about everyone in the story. I can't remember the last time a book made me care about so many characters at once. This is a fast-paced read filled with adventure and emotion. Ficklin and Jolley are definitely two authors to watch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and have recommended it to friends and family. Exciting and fun with a bit of history thrown in. I'll be looking for other titles by these authors.
HungGaGirl More than 1 year ago
World's Fair. Lex is waiting. He's not alone. There are others with him. Hollows they call themselves. They're on a mission. To steal the plans for a solar panel device. It's 1893. The Hollows have slipped through time to steal them. A seemingly simple job turns into a rumble when the Tesla kids arrive. Their mission. To prevent the Hollows from stealing the plans. It's smack down between the Hollows and the Tesla kids!!! Two rival groups travelling the time stream at cross purposes. The Hollows are chaotic. They seem to revel in disrupting the time stream. The Tesla Institute keeps order, protecting the time stream. Where the Hollows go, the Tesla kids follow maintaining order. There are rules to time travel. Time is fluid, but there are some moments in time that are fixed points. They happen because they have always happened. There is no changing history then. Don't travel to a point in time that you've already travelled to. Don't travel to the same point repeatedly even with different crews. Don't travel the time stream without having an anchor to an exit point. And for the sake of all, if you meet yourself in time, do not make physical contact with your other self!!! I really loved this story. It kept me up at night and if I wasn't reading, I was thinking about what I read. It has so much to offer; mystery, history, action, adventure, danger and romance. Who are the Ember and Lex? For that matter, who are any of the characters or who were they before? I wanted to find out. That puzzle alone kept me going and I couldn't put it down. The story is rich with history and historical figures. To start, Tesla is one of the main supporting characters. I found myself trying to guess who was going to show up. Many of the historical references were events I already had a passing familiarity with and an interest in, so I wanted to keep reading to find out more and how it all tied together. I must also confess, that after I finished this book, I looked up Nicola Tesla and was amazed at what I found out about him. For those of you who like a good fight scene (I know I do. That's what got me into watching Ice Hockey.), there are plenty of fists thrown to satisfy the adrenaline junky. There is danger as well, not only from the very real possibility of getting lost in the time stream, but also from the risk to time itself by changing the course of events. And let's not forget about the possibility of a time paradox where time would unravel. The story even has romance, but it is not a romance story. It is a story with romantic elements that make it all that much stronger and emotional as a story. And yes, there are moments to swoon over. In the end, I found I was craving to read the next installment which I am told may not be until 2015. For those of you who like adventure stories with history, time travel and romance thrown in, do yourself a favor and pick up this book. I've travelled through time and I can tell you that you are not going to regret it.
DvoraQD More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book! The only problem is that I personally have difficulty with time travel books, I get confused easily. That being said, my heart was ripped out of my body at one particular part and just when I thought things were going to be OK, it happened all over again. I was so emotional I couldn't believe how invested my feelings became a part of this book. Amazing story, different than I have ever read before. I can't wait to read the second book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book so far this year. A great blend of science fiction and heart. I would recommend it to anyone, young or old, male or female. It's got something for everyone!
Crazy_Book_Lady More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced, exciting time-travel story with wonderful twists and fun characters.
TylerHJolley More than 1 year ago
I wrote it!  I love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. Time Travel, romance (just a little) and a great, solid voice. Don't let the description fool you, this isn't some Romeo and Juliet story. This book is for the steampunk/scifi lovers out there.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
Best book I have read ALL YEAR! If I could give it more than 5 stars, I totally would. I wish I could. True story. So much so, I'm not even sure of where to start my review. So first I'll start by thanking Spencer Hill Press for providing me with an early copy (uncorrected proof) of this book at BEA. This was the one I was most excited to get, so I got on line right away! Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review. Blurb from Goodreads: Welcome to the war. The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it. The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens--their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream. Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war. When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back. Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again. So, in all honesty, I am not really sure where to start with this review. And it's taken me a long time to even formulate just a bit to put down on paper because I have so many feelings that I want to share. If you like time traveling, if you like science function, if you like kick butt main characters, then this book will draw you in and never let you go. Let me start with the cover. If anyone knows me, they know I am a HUGE fan of Lisa Amowitz and her designs. This cover is NO exception. It is absolutely gorgeous. I love the color scheme, how it totally incorporates that Steampunk feel to it, plus the male model is quite handsome. And the lightening is quite an interesting touch, seeing as this book revolves around Tesla. I have nothing negative to say about this cover in any way. It's my favorite cover of any book in 2013. The cover completely suits this book, I beg you to tell me otherwise! The characters, oh, so many feelings are evoked when I think about them. I'm always concerned with books that are told in two points of view. I'm afraid I won't be able to tell the characters apart, or I'll get too confused with who is speaking and what's going on. Not so with this book because the characters are so well defined in their personalities that you can't possibly mistake one for the other when reading their chapters. Ficklin and Jolley have done a masterful job in fleshing out each character's quirks and traits, making them relatable and realistic, and lovable all at the same time! Let's start with Ember. She is TOUGH. It's so great to see a heroine who is not lolly-gagging after a guy and pouting the entire time as she tries to get him. She's all about doing the job and keeping her team safe. She knows who her family and friends are even if she can't remember her past. It's amazing to watch her grow and change as she finds out who she is and what has happened to her. Of course, her romance is a great part of this book. What I liked most about it is that it was not the central part of what was going on. She knew she had to take care of things, even if she also knew that she couldn't live without the one she loved. And she's funny and quirky and just all around amazing.  Lex, well, he is up there with swoon worthy book boyfriends in my opinion. Not only is he good looking, but he's sweet and honest and pure. And he is completely and totally loyal, to a fault (which you'll understand when you read the book, no spoilers from me). He, like Ember, is not afraid to go after what he wants. And he is also funny. I love his connection to Ember and how they share the fact that they have both lost memories but are slowly getting them back.  And there is so much to say about all the secondary characters in this book. Stein is certainly strong, smart and stubborn. And I love how Ethan is so cocky, yet it doesn't seem to bother Ember. Their banter is phenomenal and you can totally see that they get each other. Kara is an amazing best friend, although she did get me mad at one point in the book and I wanted to throttle her a bit. But in the end she redeemed herself. As for Nobel, he is a true best friend to Lex for sure. Super supportive and just downright probably one of the smartest out of the whole crew! Both Teslas and Claymore are equally creepy in their own way. And Gloves, well, you'll have to go ahead and get to know him because you will for sure find him to be one of the most interesting characters you have ever met. One of the most amazing things about this book being in two POV is how seamlessly Ficklin and Jolley's writing come together. If there weren't two authors listed on the front, I would never have guessed that it was written by two people. Every chapter plays out right in your mind. You can actually see what is going on, as if you're watching a movie in wide screen. There are no breaks in continuity, no missing plot pieces. It's as if Ficklin and Jolley are the same person, but believe me, I've met them, they are not. And, since I have met them, I can totally see each of their personalities in the characters they have written. It's amazing! And the plot, how the authors kept things straight in their minds, I will never know! Just think, these characters are constantly traveling back in time, but trying not to alter things, and definitely trying not to meet themselves in the process. It's a fine line that they walk. And when they do return to the same timeline, they take a chance of ripping a hole in the seam of the time continuum. Yup, it's not easy to get all that straight. But Sherry and Tyler totally managed it and there are no holes, there are no inconsistencies. The flow continues on and on and you're amazed at how well it all comes together. It's fast paced and fun, with some heart stopping moments where you are sure to catch your breath. I could not help but turn page after page once I started. There's nothing boring, nothing slow about this book in the least. It's completely original and unlike any other time travel story I have read. Plus, it incorporates elements of Steampunk which are just amazing from gadgets that terrorize the Rifters, to things that help keep them grounded and give them the ability to get back to their own time line. It is ingenious, creative and inventive. Honestly, there's not much more I can say without delving into the story and giving away all the plot secrets. This is a must read of this year. By far my favorite book I have picked up and read. I'm sorry it took me so long after BEA to get to it (I wanted to start it once it was in my hand but other commitments didn't allow that to happen!). One thing I can tell you is that the book does not end on a cliff hanger, there is certainly an opening for the next one in the series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it and see what adventures Ember and Lex will go on next. 5/5 hard fist bumps from me for sure (or an A+++++++++++!)
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Extracted had an interesting, Telsa based, steampunk and time travel plot.  There are two fractions of time traveling teenagers that purpose for traveling seem to be at odds. Secret plots, hidden agendas and deceptions abound as these teens traverse an ever changing world. The premise was exactly what I love to read, but something fell short for me in the world building and characters and I just could not connect to this story. 
Michelle-K-Pickett-Author More than 1 year ago
Ficklin and Jolley are the dynamic duo of steampunk/time travel I was so excited to get my copy of “Extracted!” I couldn’t wait to delve into the world Sherry and Tyler created. And what a world it is! The world building in the book is incredible, so imaginative. Of course, knowing the authors, I expected no less. But I still wasn’t prepared for how involved it was. I felt like I was transported to different worlds with Lex and Ember. The characters, though, were what I was really interested in. I was anxious to see how Sherry and Tyler’s writing combined into one cohesive story line. They both have their unique style and voice, but it is incredible how they meld together to make the characters just jump off the page. I was so impressed by how Sherry’s “Ember” and Tyler’s “Lex” were so obviously different, but how well they fit together at the same time. I can’t explain how well the two person/two character dynamic was done. As an author I was interested in how working with another author would translate on the page—Sherry and Tyler just nailed it. It’s just, wow! The story is outstanding. Well thought out, fast paced, and bubbling with excitement. It’s one of the most original, imaginative, intricate stories I think I’ve read. I don’t even know how to review the book without giving away some important morsel of spoiler information. I think this is definitely a book you need to experience yourself…not have a reviewer summarize for you. But be warned—you will need to block out some time in your calendar because once you pick this book up, you aren’t going to leave it willing until you reach the last page….and then you’re going to start cursing like a sailor at last call, because, if you’re like me, you’ll want the second book in the series like, yesterday! Bottom line: I knew this book was going to be good, but I had no idea that it would blow me away, because I’ll let you in on a secret—I don’t really care for the steampunk genre (yeah, yeah, stop yelling at me). And, I don’t really get into time travel, either. So when I say I liked a steampunk, time-travel story…well, it’s not just “good” it’s fan-friggin’-tastic.  Wait! Are you still reading this? Why? You should be running, and I do mean running, to buy your copy of “Extracted” by Sherry Ficklin  and Tyler Jolley. They are great people. I had an opportunity to meet them at Book Expo America in NYC last year and they are two extremely nice—and wonderfully crazy—people. But apart from being awesome people, they are incredibly talented authors. If “Extracted” is an indication of the work Ficklin and Jolley will produce in the years to come, we’ll be seeing them around A LOT! And that’s, to use Sherry’s favorite word, Fan-tas-tic! Hey, Sherry and Tyler! Can’t wait to see “Extracted” on the big screen…I have a feeling. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first page, this is a fast-moving book. The authors don't leave you much time to breathe between action and adventure! I loved the characters and was intrigued when a character would show up where and when I least expected them to! There's a touch of romance, a touch of science, a touch of history, a lot of adventure-the perfect blend to keep you on the edge of your seat. This is a book I'll read again and again and find something new every time. I can't wait for another Lost Imperials book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I  had a lot of fun reading EXTRACTED. It combines steampunk, time travel, and a fast-moving plot. I highly recommend it for people who enjoy science fiction, alternate history, gadgets, action, and snappy dialogue. As for the characters: Upon first read, it was hard to see them beyond their role in the story and their immediate relationships to each other (friend, sibling, boyfriend/girlfriend). But when I flipped through it a second time, I noticed many more personal details that really made the characters come alive--what they wore ("Her grey cargo pants have been haphazardly patched over with what I assume are pieces of the Hollows' common room sofa"), what they collected ("Pieces of fabric, drab costume jewelry. Feathers. A set of brass knuckles"), etc. There were also several elements I appreciated from a feminist perspective, and I'm not just talking about kickass females. More specifically, it was the fact that those kickass females also had personalities, were allowed to like pretty things, and most importantly, had meaningful relationships with other females. One criticism of the YA genre that I keep seeing over and over again is the lack of female friendships. It often seems like female "friends" only exist as passive gossip buddies or as backstabbing sluts, something which was definitely not the case in EXTRACTED. The female characters had actual conversations with each other, and when they fought, it was over legitimately conflicting ideals. One of my issues with this novel is the worldbuilding. The novel did a great job with the details (ie, steampunk tech), but not so much with the big-picture. For instance, it seemed like the Tesla Institute and the Hollow Tower existed in a vacuum. Where (and when) are these institutions located? For instance, one of the characters from the Tesla Institute talks about going to the beach a lot, but other than that, I know nothing about the where-and-when. Is the Tesla Institute located somewhere in the modern United States, or is it in some futuristic steampunk world where everyone knows about time travel? (Given that the dialogue is very 21st century and that it doesn't seem like a lot of other people know about Rifting, I would assume the former.) Additionally, I'm a little hazy on the villain's agenda, but I assume that future books will expand upon that.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite In Extracted, a YA steampunk novel by Tyler H. Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin, Lex and Ember are two siblings on different sides of a time travel war. Lex is part of the Hollows, a smash-and-grab crew who snatch up items appearing in the wrong time-line. Ember is a part of the Institute, a time travel society run by Nikolai Tesla himself, or at least, his brain. With each having had their memory wiped during their first jump through time, both Lex and Ember have no idea of the other's existence, except for some vague memories and odd scars. When they do finally encounter each other, it causes them to question everything they believed to be be true about the war and the men that helm it. The plot was pretty decent and I did enjoy trying to keep all the time-travel bits of logic in order as Lex and Ember jump from time to time, trying to fix a dangerous paradox that could destroy the fabric of time itself. A quick warning for those who like to flip to the back of the book and read the author notes first... Don't! It completely ruins the surprise of who Lex and Ember really are. But all that aside, Extracted was a very enjoyable read. I did wish that the steampunk aspects were expanded on more beyond corsets, top hats, and a coal-fueled wheelchair.  With lots of action, mysteries, and plot twists, Extracted is sure to entice steampunk and time travel fans. Anyone who's still desperate for answers by the book's end will be happy to note that Extracted is the first book in the Lost Imperials series. Hang tight for book two!