A chilling young adult sci fi that will twist your mind. By the author of the best selling series, The Dark Carousel.
The hidden, tropical valley of Lake Ephemeral seemed like a paradise. When orphan Seraphin is told her mother is alive and living in this idyllic valley, she's overjoyed. At last, she can have a family.
But something is wrong in Lake Ephemeral. Seven mansions surround the lake, and it is forbidden to enter the seventh. Seraphin accidentally discovers the terrifying secret inside the seventh manor. A group of scientists is experimenting on the children.
But there's no escape. No resident of the valley ever sets foot outside the high, iron fences that surround it - not even when a young girl falls ill and dies.
In her seventeenth year, Seraphin will make a bold but desperate plan. The clock is ticking. The experiments carried out on her when she was just a child are about to change her in ways she does not yet understand.
"...this novel was unique and interesting and exciting from beginning to end. A refreshing change of pace from your typical YA novel. One part mystery, one part thriller, one part science fiction with a particular emphasis on the science. It was truly a gem to find."
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈ (Goodreads reviewer)
Lake Ephemeral is also published in France by publisher, Editions du Chat Noir.
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Just read a book by an author whose work is never read before, Anya Allyn's "Lake Ephemeral: A chilling sci fi thriller". I thought it was a terrific read; check out my non-spoiler review, then go grab it at your favorite book site:What an amazing story. The world-building is chilling and the actions that a few are willing to do is horrific. In the telling of the story, we get snapshots of the past, but the story takes us there only when the main characters learn of it themselves. The unknown lives they've all had over and over again. The author's imagination is, well as I first mentioned, amazing and I would love to see the story continue. Once you've read the book, you too will want to know what awaits the survivors in a future of unlimited possibilities. I'm really glad I took a chance on reading a book by an author I hadn't read before.
This was an awesome read. so full of action, excitement. I never would have dreamed the ending would have ended like it did. great book
Wow, there is something compelling about Anya Allyn’s work. As an author she packs a lot of information into her books, which for me makes me skim ahead then double back because I want the information faster than I can read it - BUT that does not mean I would change a thing - NOT ONE THING because as a reader you want that information and when I thought I was reaching the conclusion and then saw I wasn’t even halfway through I giggled like a maniac. Like Allyn’s other works, this is a great story that could have gone in a lot of directions and I did not see the end coming till I got there along with the kids. It’s a good and original story that I would love to see continue. I was with Seraphin all the way, discovering this world with her, totally getting that new kid at school vibe. Hopefully if there are other books the other kids will get a little more “fleshed out”, but I get the way they were portrayed because of the story and what happened and the path that Seraphin goes down (trying not to spoil anything). All that said it was a great book, a good quality story with a solid author, and I hope there will be more to come.