Novus

Novus

by Crystal Marcos

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Novus by Crystal Marcos

Recipient of 13 HONORS!

A survival story ideal for Hunger Games, Divergent, and Cinder fans. Crystal Marcos delivers Novus, a riveting novel set in a dystopian future of action-adventure, suspense, and romance. Intriguing characters and a gripping storyline keep the reader turning page after page.

Seventeen-year-old Cayden expected to live out his days with the dysfunctional Human family he was assigned to serve. One fateful night, however, landed him in Gavaron, the home of maimed, elderly, or defiant.

Beyond its borders is the Den, an area much more dangerous than Cayden ever imagined. He unwittingly becomes involved in a conspiracy and is one of a handful of survivors fleeing a deadly attack. They set off on a perilous journey in search of refuge and the truth. Along the way, Cayden begins to comprehend the difference between fully living and merely surviving, while trying to balance his emotions and a forbidden love.

2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist in the Action/Adventure category

2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards, Bronze Medal Winner in the Young Adult - General category

2016 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards, Winner Best Books in the Young Adult category

2016 Book Excellence Awards, Finalist in the Young Adult category

2016 indieBRAG, B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree

2016 New York Book Festival, "Honorable Mention" Winner in the Sci-Fi category

2015 New Apple Book Awards, "Official Selection" Winner in the E-Book Young Adult category

"Honorable Mention" Winner in the Young Adult category:

2017 Florida Book Festival
2017 Great Northwest Book Festival
2017 Los Angeles Book Festival
2016 Hollywood Book Festival
2016 Northern California Book Festival
2016 Southern California Book Festival

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984389988
Publisher: Cat Marcs Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 1,241,837
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. She lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband, daughter Kaylee, and son Jaxon. Crystal is the author of BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale, HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE, and Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings. Novus, her first Young Adult novel, is Book One of The Cresecren Chronicles.

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Novus 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Novus (The Cresecren Chronicles Book 1) by Crystal Marcos is a book I requested and the review is voluntary. I was really drawn to this book for many reasons, one was the fact that is was a recipient of 13 HONORS! Wow! Another is the blurb, another wow. The cover too was amazing. Well, the book was just as good as it was played up to be! The characters were rich in depth, the plot complex with twists. There was suspense, intrigue, emotions (mine were everywhere!), romance, and social issues that hopefully would make one think of today too. Wonderfully planned and written! I could see this as a movie! Nicely done!
desitheblonde More than 1 year ago
CAN SAY I GOT THIS SECOND BOOK FORM CRYSTAL MARCOS AND WHAT I AM ABOUT TO SAY IS MY WORDS I GOT THIS BOOK BECAUSE I READ HER BOOK BELLYACHE AND THEY ARE GREAT BOOK CHECK OUT MY VIDEO ON BOTH BOOKS HERE ON U TUBE. WELL THE BOOK GOES THROUGH STAGES WERE HUMANS ARE MAKING SEMI TYPE OF ROBOTS THEY ARE SERVE ALL WHO BUY THEM OR WORK FOR THEM. THE AREA IN THE BOOK ARE LEVELS AND YOU WILL IN JOY HOW THEY ARE LIVING SOME LIVE IN LIKE CAMP WHICH ARE CRUSTACEANS THE ROBOTS AND HUMANS AND THEN THE PHISHERS THEY ARE TYPE WHO GO AFTER THINGS NO ONE WANT THEN YOU GOT THE BAD GUYS WHO WANT TO KILL ALL WELL THERE ARE 5 PEOPLE WHO ARE BROUGHT TOGETHER THROUGH THE BOOK IT KEEP YOU ON YOUR TOES AND THEN YOU LIKE THE ADVENTURE THEY ARE PUT IN THEY BATTEN THE GOOD AND BAD AND THEY ACHIEVE WHAT THEY WANT TO DO AND SURVIVE THE WORST THE ONE WHO YOU THINK THAT ARE NOT SUPPOSE DO OR FALL IN LOVE IT WILL BRING DIFFERENT GROUPS WHO ONLY ONE LEFT AND LIVE AS ONE I LIKE TO SAY THE BOOK WAS GREAT READ AND HOPE SHE WILL GO ON WITH ANOTHER ONE OF BOOK AND BE HAPPY TO BLOG IT FOR YOU
NNLight More than 1 year ago
I’m not a huge fan of dystopian as I’m more of a HEA reader but after reading this book, Marcos changed my mind. Yes, it’s that well done and it doesn’t surprise me that it’s won several awards. In Novus, the world is very different from today and there are two distinct races: Human and Cresecren (Artificial Intelligence). Humans created Cresecren to serve them. Flash forward a bit and while the Human Race is struggling to survive, there’s growing hatred toward the Cresecren. The Humans go so far as to send them into “camps” and that is where we meet Cayden and his friends. While gathering food and supplies, Cayden meets a beautiful human girl. He’s instantly captivated by her and her kindness towards him unfurls emotions he’s not supposed to possess. Suddenly, his world is shaken by a series of attacks and he must gather his friends together in search of a new place to call home. He takes his two new human friends on the journey as well and discovers a whole new world outside of Gavaron, a world both scary and thrilling. Cayden will have to protect those he cares for and decide if he is capable of love or die trying. The world Marcos has created is complex, dark and full of danger and yet, there is an underlying current of hope and love that I found inspiring. Cayden is a wonderful character and I found myself caring deeply for him. Every obstacle and crisis he faced only brought me closer to him. Beautifully written, Novus has everything you love in an epic story: a humble hero, a group of friends, a battle of good versus evil, conflicts galore and a forbidden romance. I was sucked right in and the plot moved very quickly. I gasped and was in shock a few times but that only because I didn’t see it coming (a feat for those who can pull the wool over my eyes). The ending I didn’t care for but that’s my own personal opinion. Many dystopian fans will LOVE it! This was my first book by Crystal Marcos and she’s such a talented writer that I will have to read her other books. If you like moving characters, in-depth world building, intense suspense and action, this book is right up your alley! Favorite Character: Cayden. I instantly connected with him and there’s a sweet innocence to him that I found refreshing, especially in a dystopian novel. He’s fascinated by humans and the more he’s around humans, the more human he became. His coming to grips with what it means to truly live (not just survive) touched me. Favorite Quote: “Their fate was to be no one’s son or daughter, no one’s brother or sister, no one’s father or mother, no one’s kin.” My Rating: 4.5 stars
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that NORVUS (THE CRESECREN CHRONICLES, BOOK 1) by Crystal Marcos is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
T-Bones More than 1 year ago
Extremely hard to put down!! This story had a great mix of characters that as a reader, I was drawn in to care about, and there was plenty of action and suspense to keep me along for the ride.
Alliesopinions More than 1 year ago
This book blew my mind. It was that good. When I got to the end I was desperately swiping at my phone in disbelief. I didn’t want it to be over. Where is the next book!? I NEED the next book! The world building done here is fantastic. I was captivated by this new world. The premise here is intriguing. I hate to say it but, this could actually happen. The writing here is fabulous. There are no holes or confusing elements. All is thoroughly explained without info dumping. Each character is unique and relatable. Emotions are portrayed in a way that breeds empathy. You will get attached to these people. The action is paced perfectly. There are no real lulls that make you want to flip ahead. Every word that’s written has purpose. To see my full review, check out my blog https://alliesopinions.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/book-review-the-cresecren-chronicles-novus-by-crystal-marcos/
rahrahSM More than 1 year ago
Adventure-packed experience with a Cinder-like feel and a iRobot-like storyline. Marcos takes you into a dystopian world where humans have made a new being to aid in the survival of the human race. The Cresecrens, essentially a new race whose sole purpose is to serve humans. No rights, no freedom. Humans and Cresecrens live peacefully within their own boundaries, until one unexplainable event, all that changes.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Novus – Latin for new Novus by Crystal Marcos is the first book in The Cresecren Chronicles, an action/adventure, dystopian/apocalyptic romance of an inhuman sort. This is a series and after finishing the first book, I can hardly wait for the next. I was drawn to Cayden’s story from the opening chapter. He is a Cresecren, created to be used in whatever manner his human’s see fit, a slave. When Cayden has served his usefulness, he is sent to Gavaron, with other Cresecren considered rejects and rebels. He immediately hooked up with Alecander, even though they do not have friends, sex or mates…like humans.They are infertile. Is that considered a curse or a blessing? So what did he feel for Linnaya? When we do get to Novus, a charming town – “A place to start over, a place to begin, a clean state…” – Just when I thought they were safe, this mismatched band of friends will be put to the test. I became complacent, lulled into a sense of comfort by Crystal Marcos’s writing. Things are not what they appear to be and there is imminent danger of a different kind. I felt happy in those moments when the characters could celebrate and enjoy life, and deep sorrow when tragedy struck. The descriptive writing led me to visualize the action and the world that surrounds the characters. Example: Every once in a while her copper sandals would peek out as if to say hello. How great is that? Novus made me think of our Civil War, but with a twist. The “people” just want to be free, human and Cresecren alike. The characters have become a family, of sorts, and I am totally invested in their survival. I marveled at their willingness to put their life on the line for each other as they began to realize their feelings and the ability to care. The Cresecren are not just robots, with no feelings and desires of their own. They had more in common with humans than anyone thought…or is that what put them in so much danger, hunted down like criminals or terrorists. I love Novus and I look forward to more Cresecren adventures with Cayden, Linnaya and the family, as they struggle to make a free life and stay alive. I received a copy of Novus by Crystal Marcos in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Paul05 More than 1 year ago
Novus is a great book. I have read Crystal's children's books, and I jumped at the chance to read her YA work. In Novus, Ms. Marcos has done a wonderful job at world building. I think one of the toughest things for authors writing dystopian type novels is world building. Bringing the reader into a new world with foreign values, places, and surroundings is quite difficult to pull off. Ms. Marcos does it masterfully in Novus. From the very beginning the reader is engulfed in Cayden's world and the circumstances he must face. I was also really impressed with the way Ms. Marcos' writing gave us such insight into the main character's (Cayden) past and feelings. An example is the line: "Thank you...I gasped the words I had used before but rarely meant." With this one sentence we are aware of the isolated, lonely existence Cayden has endure up to this point in his life. This really made me feel as though I knew the characters well. Ms. Marcos' world building and writing combined with the page turning excitement made for a tale I couldn't wait to keep reading. I am excited to read more, and will certainly be in line for her next book. One thing that I did find a bit difficult to get used to, however, was the formal speech of the Cresecrens. At first I kept feeling as though their formal speech didn't match the situation at hand, but Ms. Marcos to a good job of subtlety reminding us throughout the book that this is how Cresecrens speak. I would recommend this book for readers of all ages. It has all the components one might be looking for in a book. With the stunning success of similar novels such as The Hunger Games and Divergent, I believe this book will find it's place right next to these on your book shelf. *I received a free book from the publisher in exchange for and honest review:
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite I would recommend not starting Novus (The Cresecren Chronicles, Book 1) by Crystal Marcos if you have anything planned for the rest of the day, as you will most likely not want to put the book down! Cayden, the main character, is a Cresecren, similar to humans, but made to serve them. Cayden ended up in a colony of Cresecrens who are either not fit to serve any longer or who have been outcasts for some reason. One day, Cayden's life changes completely. He meets an interesting human girl, and then is involved in a rather unpleasant chain of events (which I can't mention as that would be spoilers!) which lead to him and a group of others being on the run, and finding out that the world out there is full of things that are not as they seem. Novus by Crystal Marcos is one of those gems that make you care about the characters within the story, and while you definitely want to know what happens to them, you can't help but also not want to get to the end of the book. It's the kind of book whose characters you miss when you finish the book. There is good news though, it's the first book in a series and if Crystal writes as well in the second book then it will also be a fantastic read. There still is a lot to explore, quite a few issues to be resolved, and I am sure that more interesting characters will be waiting for readers.