“High emotional stakes and an intriguing premise make this first entry in Foster’s (When Autumn Leaves) new trilogy a solid next read for those who enjoyed Pierce Brown’s Red Rising or Veronica Roth’s Divergent." -- Library Journal
An alternate reality that feels all-too-real, The Rift Uprising is the explosive start to a new trilogy that blurs the line between parallel universes—not to mention YA and adult science fiction—from acclaimed lyricist and storyteller Amy S. Foster.
Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of the Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.
Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cybernetically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other scared and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel.
But that’s all about to change.
When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves—questions that lead Ryn to wonder if the lies she’s been telling her family are just the surface of a much bigger lie told to her. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more.
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The Rift Uprising was an interesting take on genetically enhanced soldiers but with the twist of these soldiers being teenagers. I was very intrigued by the synopsis, which is why I requested to review it. Though, the actual execution of the book was slightly boring. I couldn’t bring myself to become interested in the story line or the characters. Ryn was your typical solider. She was the team leader of her group of four Citadel soldiers. The three other soldiers in her group were her best friends and you could see the connection between them. They were all very different, but they worked well together and I liked their dynamic. What I didn’t like was the insta-romance of this book that didn’t make sense. As soon as Ryn meets a boy who comes through the Rift, she is instantly enamored and obsessed with him. It was very weird and slightly uncomfortable. I couldn’t wrap my head around this type of instant romance. Sure, I read a lot of romance books where there is an instant romance between the two main couples, but I can follow along with those when the book is a romance and that is the books sole intention. But, this was instant obsession that didn’t make sense after the two-minute interaction they had. Though, Ezra was quite an interesting character. He was a child prodigy and genius. I really liked him, but he was just as obsessed with Ryn as she was with him. But, some of the things he did just didn’t make sense. I wish there was more explanation in this book. Most of the normalities of this world were not explained and just assumed to be known. I still have no idea how the Rift works or why it came to be. It was probably explained, but it didn’t connect in my brain and I can’t remember it. All in all, this book could’ve been much better. I liked the idea of this book, but the execution could’ve been done better.
Sci-fi fans, The Rift Uprising is for you. The world-building premise itself is interesting enough with the whole space-time continuum thingy going on here. Though I don't think it fully developed enough to give true sci-fi fans the satisfaction as the classics, yet, it does wet the appetite and perhaps create a following for this semi-young adult, semi-adult mix genre. I did enjoy what the author have built when it came to the world of the Citadels and The Rift. The plot itself moved along steadily with increase in momentum until the end, which was anti-climatic to me. I guess, as the first book of a trilogy, I expected a turning point, or something to grasp your attention and desire to move onto the next. Yes, the premise have me already wanting to go to book 2, but is it a full-on anticipation that leads me to stalk the author's social media for the next release date? No. There's a lot to learn here for Ryn and for others, and what happens to her does entice me to go further. I'm just unsure about the romance part. It's somewhat unbelievable, but I guess that's what sci-fi is. It's unbelievable, but totally works. In all, if you go in understanding that this is a mix-genre novel with lots of potential to be great as a trilogy and not just simply book 1 of said trilogy, I think the intrigue will ramp itself up to a manic love. For my clean readers, there are definitely sexual innuendos in this novel. Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.