** NOTHING IS EVER WHAT IT SEEMS. ** From award-winning journalist Shari Lopatin comes her highly praised and riveting debut novel, "The Apollo Illusion," a science fiction and dystopian suspense about a future society's frightening overdependence on technology.
THE YEAR IS 2150, and bullied nineteen-year-old Flora can no longer ignore the burning curiosity to learn what’s behind the towering Wall surrounding her home state of Apollo. Citizens still read books, discuss philosophy, and send text messages, but questioning The Other Side is forbidden.
WHEN FLORA'S naïveté accidentally reveals a dark secret about Apollo, she’s forced into an isolated web of truth, lies, and survival. Fearing for her life, she leaves behind a clue for her childhood friend, Andrew, placing her last hope in their special bond.
A MUST-READ for today's generation of older teenagers and millennials, "The Apollo Illusion" is a story for the hackers, the techies, the seekers, and the rebels of the world.
* Audience: young adults (older teens) and millennials
* Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality and occasional language
* Genres: dystopian suspense, science fiction, young adult (YA), speculative fiction
PRAISE FOR 'THE APOLLO ILLUSION'
"The Apollo Illusion is an enthralling dystopian story. Once I started reading, I could not put it down." [5/5 stars] -Raschelle Mullette, book reviewer
"Pacey, exciting storytelling with great characters, loads of action and a super cute romance. What's not to love?" [4/5 stars] -Lucinda Winters, book reviewer
"A story well told with rich characterization, suspense, romance, and surprise ... It will make you tear and win your heart." [5/5 stars] -Richard Gray, book reviewer and editor
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About the Author
Shari Lopatin tells stories that matter. An award-winning journalist in her earlier years, she now writes complex and stimulating suspense novels that tie into modern-day social issues. Shari has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, public relations professional, social media manager, and earned the title of “Cat Mom of the Year.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In a world of turmoil created by a Virtual Revolution in 2075, Ms. Lopatin spins a story of suspense where Flora, a curious college student and her friends, Andrew and Don, seek answers to what is beyond the wall that surrounds their idealistic home near Flagstaff, Arizona, called Apollo. Ms. Lopatin’s writing style is fast paced and I found myself reading the book in a day! I was always excited to return to find out what lay beyond. The frightening realization of what lies beyond does not seem that impossible to me. As the secrets of the other side are revealed, one can visualize the actual possibility of the revolution happening if our world does not get the digital over dependency under control. I would highly recommend this novel to those whose minds seek curiosity and possibilities.
I am a sucker for a good dystopian novel-and The Apollo Illusion did not disappoint! The characters are well thought out and realistic for their too good to be true lives that they lead. Flora provides the reader with a heroine worth rooting for throughout the entire novel. Shari gives us a frightening glimpse into what society would be like if the government controlled all of our information while isolating us from the rest of the world. I was captivated by the mystery of what was behind the wall and why it was built. And I couldn’t put it down until I knew whether the government was protecting its people or if the rest of the world was being protected from the people inside Apollo. As a working mom who loves the Hunger Games and other Young Adult mystery novels, this book fit nicely into my niche. This book captures its audience from the first page, all the way until the exciting conclusion. Additionally, just like Pixar’s Wall-E forced us to see what our lives could be like if we stopped caring for our planet, the Apollo Illusion forces us to look at what life could be like if we continue down this dangerous path of living our lives mostly online with no personal interaction. I enjoyed this book immensely and hope for a sequel!