The Kota: Book 1 (expanded version)

The Kota: Book 1 (expanded version)

by Sunshine Somerville


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ISBN-13: 9781493723454
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Pages: 556
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

Sunshine Somerville is from the beachy side of Michigan. She has a degree in English Literature and self-published her first book in 2004. The Kota Series began when she was nine, basing the story on childhood fantasies derived from watching too much X-Men and Star Wars and reading too much Chronicles of Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time.

A Fairly Fairy Tale is Sunshine's first MG Fantasy book. She got the idea from her family's crest, which portrays a dragon shooting flames from both ends, and from a little girl whose second favorite word is farts.

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The Kota: Book 1 (expanded version) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Henry_VIII More than 1 year ago
Not usually a big fan of dystopian SciFy,but this was recommended by a friend so I gave it a read. Loved it. The author spends the time to really develop the characters. By the end you can't help but root for the main characters, even though they have a few flaws. If you like this book, make sure to check out the rest of the novels, I just finished book 3. Safe to say I'm a fan of the series. Give it a read, you won't be sorry.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Virus DRK is spreading across Eurasia at an alarming rate. Rumored to be a new biological weapon or a bi-product of some undisclosed scientific experiment gone wrong, DRK is infecting everyone internationally and no one claims to be responsible. Those infected lost their sense of humanity and became raving, conscienceless zombies. A group of people, the Kota, claimed to have foreseen these events through their prophecies. When strange lights appear all over the world, the Kota asserts that the event is foretold in one of their prophecies too. Author Sunshine Somerville impresses me with her prose right away as The Kota (The Kota Series, Book 1) opens with a fascinating, thought-provoking prologue. The Kota is an engaging read about the prophecies of four children who are destined to save the world. Five hundred years later, when these children/Kota warriors are born, they need to end Dominion tyranny which rules Earth's dwindling population – whether they’re ready or not. Cryogenic chambers, genetic experimentation, portals to other dimensions – these are exciting aspects that would delight any sci-fi fans. The depth of the world-building is amazing. The story of how the Kota Warriors come to be – the Leader, Hunter, Seer and the Fighter – has some classic sci-fi essence told through a fresh perspective. With abilities such as dematerialization, enhanced strength and telepathy, the action scenes are enjoyable to read. Their guardian Trok is one of the best well-developed characters I’ve ever read. The Kota series is an ingenious addition to the sci-fi/dystopian genre, a commendable work from Somerville.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite Wow! If you’re a reader who loves fantasy, loves an epic read, and loves to be surprised by what they are reading, then I have the perfect read for you! The Kota, Book One in the Kota series by author Sunshine Somerville fits the bill for all I mentioned above. A completely unique read in the fantasy genre, something that’s becoming a rarer and rarer thing to find for true fantasy fans, the story follows the Trok and the other children who are prophesied to be the Kota Warriors, the only ones able to save Earth from the deadly DRK virus. The virus, as well as ongoing warfare, threatens the very existence of all who remain, and the Kota Warriors, whether they are ready or not, seem to be the only hope. I so, so enjoyed this book. The Kota is full of adventure, excitement and intrigue, and author Sunshine Somerville has done an absolutely amazing job in world crafting. Her unique and engaging style will truly have readers hooked from the very first page, all the way to the last. In fact, the best piece of advice I have for any reader is to be sure you have a decent chunk of time to read it once you start. You simply will not want to put it down! I highly recommend The Kota and am also thrilled to see that this is the first book of a series. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment, and will certainly keep a lookout for any new offering by author Sunshine Somerville. With her unique voice and obvious talent, she is certainly an author worth watching!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite In The Kota, Book One in the Kota Series by author Sunshine Somerville, the reader is taken along on an absolutely fantastic journey on an Earth that is very different from the one we know now. The world is being threatened, both by ongoing and seemingly unsolvable wars as well as the DRK virus, one that threatens to kill off life as we know it. A series of prophecies indicate that there will be four children, children who will become Warriors, and they are the world’s only hope. These children, including our protagonist Trok, may not be ready for the responsibility placed upon them, and Trok certainly doesn’t feel ready for the role of leader that he seems to be destined for, but without them, there is no hope. The Kota was a fantastic, fantastic read. Young adult or not, any lover of fantasy should definitely pick this book up and give it a read. It grabbed me by the throat from the very beginning, and I read it in voracious chunks until I got to the very end. Note: This is not a short read, it’s more of an epic, but it absolutely worth it, and when you get to the end, you’ll be hungry for more. Luckily, The Kota is the first book in a series, and we can look forward to enjoying more of this awesome story in the second installment. Author Sunshine Somerville is a truly emerging talent in this genre, and I can’t wait to see what she has for her readers next!
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Ginny15 More than 1 year ago
A little slow at first, but stick with it! It gets really good later on. There's a lot going on in this world, but it's easy enough to keep track of it all. You will certainly get your money's worth in entertainment, because this is a long book. The characters are a lot more complicated than a lot of stories in the genre (post-apocalyptic), and I especially got into the character of Bullseye. Trok was no slouch from a characterization viewpoint, either. There's a lot of action to keep things moving along. I haven't been reading a lot of science fiction lately, and this book makes me remember why I used to read so much of it! I recommend if for readers who enjoy post-apocalyptic novels, dystopia, and general sci-fi. I got this book free in exchange for an unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next res of 'Kota'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coming into The Kota, it’s not long before you’re thrown into a dystopian world with a brutal virus, religious prophecies, a Big Brother style government, intergalactic travel, and even time portals.  In a book this large, with so many balls in the air, you’d expect irregularities and discrepancies. Well, I’m beyond amazed at how well Sunshine Somerville has executed and immersed the reader in her action-packed, post-apocalyptic world. The Kota has no shallow or contradicting world-building.  We also see many dystopian tales with a main female character who is a strong, killing machine. Bullseye is such a character. But what really made this female stand out from the crowd of women with a weapon and agenda, is that the author doesn’t gloss over the violent things she has done to survive. Bullseye may be able to kick ass and take names, but underneath the armor and behind the superhuman abilities, she wrestles with her conscience and the bloodiness of her past. Even the heroes in The Kota do not go unscathed from their mistakes.  This makes for a much more believable plot, and allows the reader to truly empathize with the humanity of the four warriors. Trok is the other character in this story that stands tall above the rest. He is a reluctant participant in the escalating conflict, and so he too carries much grief and regret by the time he decides he can no longer be a bystander. There’s a deep pain and burden that accompanies Trok as he witnesses and aids in bringing the prophecies of the Kota to pass. As he says in the final chapter, “No, I have to trust…If this Great War is to continue, so must we.”  The Great War is far from over at the end of The Kota, but the beginning of this saga is a great introduction into a complex and layered world. No, this is not a story filled with romantic glances or someone pining over another. As the chosen four rise to rid civilization of the plague that has oppressed it, one can only feel like there’s a bit of X-Men meets Star Wars going on. So yeah, it’s some viciously cool science fiction.