Two journeys. One inescapable outcome. No time to lose.
Stein has been with the Hollows for as long as she can remember. Taken as a child, she has no memories of her past—and that's always been fine by her. Until the day she stumbles across a hidden journal containing the devastating truth about her paternity. Now everything she thought she knew—and everyone she thought she could trust—has changed. The truth about who she is and where she came from is a secret so deep, it will rock the Hollows and the Tesla Institute alike.
During a test to verify her bloodlines, Stein makes a terrible discovery. She is carrying a rare genetic mutation that is slowly killing her. Unsure who to turn to and running out of time, she has no choice but to turn to Tesla—her most hated enemy—for help. But can she trust the man who she's been fighting against her whole life, or will she end up another piece in his deadly game of cat and mouse with the people who betrayed her so long ago?
|Publisher:||Clean Teen Publishing, Inc.|
|File size:||3 MB|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Tyler H. Jolley is a sci-fi/fantasy author and full-time orthodontist, periodontist (see: Overachiever). He divides his spare time between writing, reading, mountain biking, and camping with his family.
Sherry D. Ficklin 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. 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 only seen in blurry photographs. She is the author of several YA novels ranging from contemporary romance to science fiction. In her spare time she co-hosts the Pop Lit Divas radio show and is constantly trying to take over the world.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request. Stein found one of Tesla's old journals, the deadly enemy of the Hollows, and has found the emblem sketched inside that matches her birthmark. She has questions for Tesla, but one big question to answer first. Having her DNA tested she finds that she tests positive for Aetas Mutation. Looking deeper into her DNA Nobel finds she's suffering from something far worse than expected. Tesla is working to stop all the Hollows from accessing the Time Stream, but Stein starts to see she has to face the threat to her and her friends lives to save her own. I've not read or listened to the first book. I was told I could start with this book and be okay. I was able to read/listen to this book without the first. This story does not linger on the retelling of the previous book, which I love. There is enough through the book to understand and make you curious as to what happened in the first book or why, leaving you wanting to read that book as well. I also think hurt feelings with some of the Hollows starts in the first book. Wow. The prologue has a lot of information that had me pausing and noting questions I'm hoping to get answers to. The Hollows? Imperial children? Rifters? I'm curious of all these things but by the end I figured out Rifters are time travelers, and that's what the group of Hollows does. Then we see Catherine and her device that she's working on with Tesla's brain. Wow. That's one dangerous machine, and she doesn't come across as the kindest person either. The story fascinated me from the beginning, feeling as it's well thought out world of gadgets and time travel along with the motives of the people. The world is full of nifty research and gadgets that could be and is used by the Rifters. There are people who live with enhancements with good reason. We also get time travel, but not as much of that is done. I also get the feel that there are rules and restrictions on using and when going in the time spectrum, but we don't see that side here. We get to see Tesla! In the current time Tesla is only a brain that's wired into the Institutes speakers and cameras. He's a brilliant man and still working! But ooooh, he's a devilish man as well. I think this is classified as steampunk. And in some ways it is. It has the elements present to be. But it also has other elements mixed in that makes the story deeper in the world of inventions. Is there a Teslapunk? Or New Electropunk? Whatever the classification, I loved all I found here! I wanted to keep listening as I wanted to know what was happening to Stein, and the others but mostly Stein as this story is about her. And what was everyone at Tesla's Institute up to, as it couldn't be good. In the end I kept watching the time left of the story as I feared we wouldn't get a complete ending, that we would end on a cliffhanger. There are a few speculations I have of Ember and Stein and I got some hints and answers. There is an ending, but there is also a revelation that has me scrambling to see where the next book is!
I want to thank Clean Teen Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. If you have not read the first book in this series STOP HERE! While I think you might catch on a bit to it, you really need the background of Extracted to understand the overall concept and what's happened in the past. This book picks up directly after Extracted has ended and is told from Stein's point of view. I loved Stein in the first book. She is sassy and straight forward. Nothing like a no bones about it character. She's brave to a fault, though. She basically sacrifices herself for the greater good but without really telling anyone what's going on. The book focuses on Stein learning about who she is. About her past and about what that means for her future. Her story allows us to get a better understand of the world of the Rifters and the Hollows. I thought the world building in the first book was phenomenal. I had my doubts about being able to follow the time travel time line, but it wasn't hard at all. Ficklin and Jolley do it flawlessly, and this book was no different. Though there's much less time travel in this book, it still hovers in the background as the group bans together to try and fight the evil that is Tesla. The plot is well paced. I didn't actually want to put it down, which was the same with the first book. At no time was I bored or wanting to tear myself away from the world (even when I had to). And the characters are so well fleshed out. Each has such a unique personality, it is so easy to know who is who without the authors even having to tell you. It helps that Ficklin and Jolley throw in some plot twists. Things that are surprising but at the same time make total sense once you learn about them. It's just another technique to keep you totally immersed in the world and not wanting to leave. Overall I will say my only issue with this book was that it was not long enough! Unlike the first book, these one weighs in at just over 200 pages. And, while it is a complete story, I still felt like I wanted more. MORE MORE MORE! Of course there is more in Riven. I can tell you now that once this series is over, I'm going to be very unhappy! Perhaps Ficklin and Jolley will think about a spin off? One can only hope!