ISAN

ISAN

by Mary Ting

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ISBN-13: 9781944109561
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 1,265,131
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)

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ISAN 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Jenny1977 More than 1 year ago
"Whatever it takes" This story was absolutely phenomenal! This author has a royal knack when it comes to writing no matter what it is or who her audience is. She loves to keep us on the edge of our seats. The characters are amazing. Ava is a complicated character. She is so confused and sad. You could feel Ava's feelings just pour out of each page. I wanted to reach through the story and hug her at times. The story-line was incredible. The way this author wrote this story, kept me intrigued and and addicted, and left me wanting to know more about Ava and her past. Such a remarkable story that left me stunned and shocked at the end. I really enjoyed this story and I can't wait to read more about Ava. I highly recommend it.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite ISAN — International Sensory Assassin Network by Mary Ting begins with a bang and ends in high pitched action. In a story set against the backdrop of a world ravaged by meteors, the reader follows compelling characters fighting to survive in a world turned merciless. The United States is no longer what it used to be. It’s been transformed into a desolate place with surviving patches ruled by the Remnant Council and divided into North, South, East, and West. Meet Ava, a seventeen-year-old girl who finds herself in juvenile detention. She is privileged — or is she really? — to be among the few selected for a special program, and must be injected with a serum to enhance her life. While she is in training, a stranger kidnaps her and tells her that her life has been a lie and that the ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network, has worked hard to make sure she knows nothing about her history and plans to use her at their will. She has to choose where her loyalties lie, but how much time does she have when danger is racing towards her? Mary Ting has crafted a story that will entice fans of science fiction with strong elements of the dystopian genre. The crisp writing, the exciting and well-crafted scenes, the complex characters, and the cunning plot are elements that make Ting’s writing an engrossing read. I enjoyed the way character development is handled and from the very first sentence of the story, the reader gets a powerful sense of conflict, setting, and character: “I ran to live” are the first words and this introduce readers to a world torn apart by bullets and violence. This is a tale of survival and a young woman’s search for meaning. ISAN — International Sensory Assassin Network is a riveting, hard-to-put-down novel.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sarah Westmoreland for Readers' Favorite Life’s been rough for Ava. Orphaned at a young age, she was placed in foster care, under the guardianship of an abusive foster father and a neglectful foster mom. Tired of the constant abuse, she finally ran away from home... only to end up getting arrested. But that’s where things seemed to turn around in Ava’s life. A scientist from ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network) tested her blood, along with the other children in the government’s care. What they found was a special genetic anomaly that would allow her to be a part of a top-secret assassin project, fueled by an experimental serum known as HelixB77 (Helix, for short). With her senses greatly enhanced by the effects of the serum, Ava quickly found herself at the top of the program, the leader of the highest ranking team in the assassin network. But Ava’s world will be turned upside down again when she is abducted in the middle of a mission. Her captors seem strangely familiar, though she has no memory of them... Could their impossible story be true? ISAN - International Sensory Assassin Network by Mary Ting is a fascinating dystopian adventure. The post-apocalyptic American landscape is well described, as is the new society that has risen up in place of the former United States government. The characters are strong and driven, as well as being well-rounded individuals with interesting back stories. The plot is fast paced and gripping, and it’s easy to lose oneself in the world Ting has created. Altogether, ISAN - International Sensory Assassin Network is a very pleasing young adult read!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite When Ava is given the chance to escape her life in a juvenile detention centre and become a trained assassin for ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network, along with other troubled teenage girls, she accepts and looks forward to her new start in life. Ava embarks on a harsh training regime led by friend and training director Russ and tough, emotionless field operative Mitch. All the female assassins are injected with Helix serum which increases all of their senses, making them a deadly force to be reckoned with. Ava receives strange messages from a person called Sniper, who seems to know about her past. Whilst Ava is on a mission with her team, Sniper - aka Rhett - and his gang kidnap her and reveal the reality behind ISAN’s work. Ava is left devastated by the discovery and as ISAN recaptures her, she is left wondering if she can trust anyone. ISAN - International Sensory Assassin Network by Mary Ting is a gripping novel that caught my attention from the first sentence when Ava leads her team in a training exercise. The plot is fast-moving and filled with three dimensional and realistic personalities. I especially found the relationship between Ava and Mitch interesting, as they fought a battle of wills throughout. As Mitch relentlessly tried to get into Ava’s mind, she had to constantly fight him psychologically. I loved the character of Ava; she was strong and had a gritty determination. It is refreshing to see a novel filled with so many great female characters. I found the creation of ISAN and the description of their work, and treatment of those who decided to leave, quite chilling. My favourite line has to be: ‘Memories can be erased, but you never forget emotions’. I feel this summed up the story perfectly. There is plenty of action and suspense throughout and the ending surely made way for another novel and the continuation of Ava’s adventures. I hope so.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
ISAN is the first book in the International Sensory Assassin Network series by Mary Ting. This is a book I'd been looking forward to reading, and it didn't disappoint. The first half is a little slow, but the second half more than makes up for it. Ava is such a believable character. She's being trained as an assassin, and she follows orders, but she's starting to question things. Through the whole thing her heart and head conflict with each other, and sometimes they trade places. Like with real emotions, nothing is ever easy. There's action, romance, and even a little mystery in the mix. It was a clever little story, and added a little something we needed in the dystopian genre. The ARC of ISAN by Mary Ting was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
Note: This review contains NO spoilers Again, Mary Ting has wowed me with another of her fictional worlds. This time, this science fiction/dystopian novel is filled with action and adventure with a lot of teenage girl angst. Of course, it it! Come on now!!! What would you expect of teenage girls...haha!!! But... These teenage girls are not your ordinary and average teenage girls. They have got some skills! Anyways, ISAN is told in the main character's, Ava, point of view. It makes sense. We get an introduction to this dystopian world of a network of assassins. We get an introduction of all the players in this secretive network. However, not only do we get your "lips wet" with this imaginative world, we also get an in depth look into these individual personalities of these characters that pull this book together. Can't forget all the twists and turns that runs throughout this story either. I can gush and fangirl all over this book, but then, I would give away too much as spoilers. Nah, I don't do spoilers. Just as much as I hate spoilers, I won't ruin it for others who want to read this new book by Mary Ting. What I will say is that this is not your ordinary dystopian/science fiction read. It is different. This is Mary's take on another genre that is wonderous and inventive. ISAN has various elements that makes for an intriguing and innovative story that is worth reading. Don't take my word for it. Not everyone likes and enjoys the same reads. But, it definitely not an adventure when readers don't venture out to reading... Right!?! I for one enjoyed this new story by Mary Ting.
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
Note: This review contains NO spoilers Again, Mary Ting has wowed me with another of her fictional worlds. This time, this science fiction/dystopian novel is filled with action and adventure with a lot of teenage girl angst. Of course, it it! Come on now!!! What would you expect of teenage girls...haha!!! But... These teenage girls are not your ordinary and average teenage girls. They have got some skills! Anyways, ISAN is told in the main character's, Ava, point of view. It makes sense. We get an introduction to this dystopian world of a network of assassins. We get an introduction of all the players in this secretive network. However, not only do we get your "lips wet" with this imaginative world, we also get an in depth look into these individual personalities of these characters that pull this book together. Can't forget all the twists and turns that runs throughout this story either. I can gush and fangirl all over this book, but then, I would give away too much as spoilers. Nah, I don't do spoilers. Just as much as I hate spoilers, I won't ruin it for others who want to read this new book by Mary Ting. What I will say is that this is not your ordinary dystopian/science fiction read. It is different. This is Mary's take on another genre that is wonderous and inventive. ISAN has various elements that makes for an intriguing and innovative story that is worth reading. Don't take my word for it. Not everyone likes and enjoys the same reads. But, it definitely not an adventure when readers don't venture out to reading... Right!?! I for one enjoyed this new story by Mary Ting.
CharityRowell-Stansbury More than 1 year ago
I think fans of young adult dystopian novels will fall in love with ISAN! I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review. I agree with some of the reviewers who thought that the world-building was a bit sparse. I didn't see the lack of world-building as a negative, I thought it demonstrated how limited the girls' lives were and emphasized that they were living in a sterile, institutionalized environment. The dialogue, which is filled with the girls swooning over "hot" guys, seemed appropriate for the setting. Personally, I appreciate character-building over world-building so I was a little disappointed that more wasn't revealed about Ava in the plot. However, I can appreciate that Ava's history remained elusive as this is the first book in a series, and it wouldn't be appropriate to spoil the series by revealing too much information in the first book. When it was revealed that Ava had lost some of her memories and why she couldn't remember certain events in her life, it demonstrated a vulnerability behind the "kick-butt assassin" veneer. I enjoyed the dystopian premise; troubled girls being handpicked to become assassins by an agency whose philanthropic intent is dubious at best. You know that something is sketchy about it, but the adventure lies in figuring out what the agency's true intentions are. It's not overly complex; however, I think the complexity will increase as the series progresses. The plot seems to resemble high school society, particularly what one might find in a high school gym class. Physical acumen is prized over scholarship and there is some in-fighting as the different teams attempt to assert their dominance over other teams. While some adult readers will be put off by this, I'm not one of them, and I think this will resonate well with young adult readers. I fell in love ISAN and I'm anxious to see where Ting is going with this series!
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
I love Mary Ting’s ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network). Seventeen-year-old, Ava has a special DNA marker that allows a unique drug known as Helix to enhance her abilities. She is given a choice of remaining in juvenile detention or joining ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network). After being captured by a rebel group she is told that her life is a lie. She has no idea who she can trust. This dystopian novel is suitable for young adults. ISAN reminded me of a combination of the television series Alias (2001-06) and the Matrix movie series. It is creative, full of action, and mysterious. I like Ava. She has some interesting powers like being able to store architectural blueprints in her mind to help her on her missions. She is a good leader. She has had a difficult life. I like that she is strong-willed. The plot was amazing. A lot of interesting twists occur throughout the novel. ISAN was skillfully written and thought-provoking. The story had a captivating ending. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book to science fiction lovers. ISAN would make a great movie or television series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Albinomex More than 1 year ago
An adventure you won’t soon forget. A whole new adventure full of secrets, power, heartache, lies, deceit, rebellion, friendship, & action galore. Where to begin?!? ISAN is different from everything I’ve previously read by Mary Ting. One where teens with complicated pasts are given a way out of their current predicaments to “redeem” themselves so to speak. The only problem with this out ... they are to become trained assassins. It seems like an easy choice being promised a better existence than juvy offers, but the pride proves to be harder than it seemed. Especially when all illusions begin to crumble & the real excitement begins. This is fast paced & totally worth the read if you enjoy figuring out a good puzzle. Not to mention a whole lot of drama & throwdowns. There are a wide variety of characters ... some who even keep you guessing until the very end. Plenty of twists to keep you eager all the way through too. I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2!! Ting is a mastermind of creating worlds we won’t soon forget.
Heather97 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! Her best book so far. A must read for all! I couldn't put it down!!!
AuthorAshleyDawn More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I have read several of Mary Ting's books and they are always original. This one was is set after the Earth is crippled by meteors. I really liked Ava. She is in ISAN. She thought this was going to be her escape after being in juvie but it turns out to be another form of prison. There is action, heartache, friendship, betrayal, and more. Sniper, oh my goodness, he is so determined! I can't imagine how his emotions must have been roller-coastering throughout. Poor Ava is a trained assassin but even she has to admit there is something not adding up with ISAN. The author does a great job with the characters and making you adore them or dislike them as the book goes along. I was super sad to reach the end and cannot wait to see what happens next! It is absolutely a 5/5 for me. Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
jeannette dods More than 1 year ago
Let me try and put into words how awesome this book is without revealing spoilers. The main character, Ava, is your average 17 year old girl. Ok, maybe not average, she is a trained assassin living in a dystonian world. Ava has her trials she must face and constant questions at every turn. The characters in this book are well developed and make you feel as though they are also your friends/enemies. I found myself fighting along with them and attempting to decipher the mysteries that ISAN entails. The flow of the book is an easy read, smooth and realistic. I absolutely loved this book! Its filled with action, mystery, drama, and romance. I cant wait for the next book in the series. I need it now.
InsaneAboutBooks More than 1 year ago
Dystopian novels are my favorite Genre, so you have NO IDEA how happy I am that Mary wrote one! Ava has had a rough time in life. However with her special DNA, a secret government agency wants her. She figures, why not, it will get her out of Juvie and possibly give her a better life...a life of an assassin. She trains vigorously, and manages to lead her own team....a team that becomes her friends. When a mission goes adrift, she is kidnapped...and begins to learn for the first time about her true self. Memories she never knew she lost, gradually comes to the surface and she is trying to piece everything together. ISAN is awash with extraordinary characters that blended beautifully together. The ingenious world seduces your imagination and makes the real world disappear, as you get consumed into the story. Bursting with action, brimming with twists that spiral out of control, ISAN will leave your imagination satisfied. An exquisite read...fun....I NEED MORE.