United They Stand.
Seventeen years ago an entire generation of aliens were sent to Earth in order to save their home planet and integrate into the human population. Now, those aliens are being hunted.
Amery Jones is your typical teenager, except for the fact she is an alien and a member of the government’s secret Project Integrate.
When Amery’s best friend Lola is kidnapped in order to get to her, there is only one person that can help – the exceedingly annoying and charming Lochie Mercury.
Together, Amery and Lochie must put aside their differences and attraction in order to rescue Lola before it’s too late.
Also in the Project Integrate Series:
Ignite (Short Prequel)
Broken (Short special story)
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About the Author
Jamie was born into a big, crazy family of 6 children. Being the youngest, she always got away with anything and would never shut up. Constantly letting her imagination run wild, her teachers were often frustrated when her 'What I did on the weekend' stories contained bunyips and princesses. Growing up, Jamie did the sensible things and obtained a Bachelor of Business degree from Southern Cross University and worked hard to gain her membership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Yet nothing compared to writing. Quiting the rat race to spend quality time with her laptop named Lily, Jamie has written several novels and screenplays. Spanning a number of genres and mediums, Jamie writes whatever inspires her from ghost stories to teenage love stories to tantalising murder mysteries. Nothing is off limits. A self-confessed television addict, dog lover, Taylor Swift fan, and ghost hunter, Jamie loves nothing more than the thrill of sharing her stories.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This contemporary science fiction was very subtle at first. We know that Amery is part of a special program, but we aren't entirely sure what it is at first. Her life and history are revealed in pieces as we need to know them. She seems to be quite the average teenage girl - boy troubles, school troubles, parent troubles, but to top it all off she's not actually human. I loved that the book didn't dwell to much on her accepting the fact that she was different. She had already done that and moved on. This was a unique look at prejudice and how it can make people over-react. The Organization is dead set on having an aliens make their home on earth - especially when it's so hard to tell them apart from the humans. They want Amery dead, and are willing to do anything to make it happen. My biggest problem with the book was Lochie - for several reasons both big and small. One, I had no idea how to pronounce his name and no matter how I tried it out it sounded silly to me - petty, but that can make a difference on a very small scale. He also seemed to just happen to be places, know something, or have some tool on hand to make things way easier a few too many times. He seemed to just be Amery's "get out of jail free card". Anytime a situation came up they couldn't get out of, he magically pulled a tool out that would solve everything! He was also a bit one dimensional and overly trusting. If I had rescued some girl over and over and she didn't tell me why people were after her I would be mad, I don't care if I loved her, I would be mad. The story overall was very interesting and had just enough action to make it very well balanced. I do want to know what will happen next. While we have a fairly good resolution at the end, there is much left undone and unsaid to encourage you to read the sequel. I know I'll be getting it soon, I really enjoyed this version of alien life on earth.
Amery. I'm still getting to know her but I do know that she's a good person, a loyal friend, a person who will go to great lengths to do the right thing, a person with a lot on her shoulders. I liked Lochie. He's smart, has a sense of humor, and has just the right amount of snark. He's also kind of amazing once you see the lengths he'll go to for Amery. I never really understood the antagonism Amery had towards Lochie, especially because she's easy going the rest of the time. I would have expected him to have done something big to deserve it, instead of just irritating her. I liken their relationship to that of another literary figure - Anne from of Green Gables reacting to Gilbert's 'carrots' comment. I thought the concept was great and has so many possibilities! I'm excited to read more of the series, there's a lot going on and still a lot of things up in the air at the end of Unite. That said, I did think things were too easy for Amery and Lochie in Unite. They easily escaped and evaded, I expected more of a struggle and actually think it would have made the book more interesting. I also wished there had been some alien tech, so many possibilities there too. And the cover? I love the cover, the colors, the images, I think it's perfect for the book. Disclaimer: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review
I liked it but it was strange.
Amery Jones is from another world. Through government negotiations, she and other alien babies are sent to Earth to assimilate into human culture, live among humans for 25 years, and succeed at their given task of becoming productive members of society…without humans knowing of their alien heritage. We’ve all heard the saying, “Divide and conquer.” Ms. Campbell chose a unique angle with “integration” in Unite…and it was a good choice. Unfortunately, execution and plot development hampered my enjoyment of this book. Amery’s striving to be a top-grade well-liked student is plausible, stretching even to her dislike of Lochlann Mercury. That’s normalized behavior. The threat to the alien children on Earth is also plausible. There are always factions against whatever other groups’ goals are. Where the plot derailed for me is Amery’s decision to not go into hiding, the government not insisting they go into hiding, and/or governmental protection and relocation. Starting over is hard, but it’s a whole lot harder if you’re dead. She could have graduated from another high school, or finished on line and graduated, and then gone to college where she’d have met a whole new group of friends anyway. The way the government handled the threat, the “protection” given was superficial and inconsistent with reality. The enormous amount of money poured into the project was mentioned several times, so it stands to reason enormous amounts of money would be there to ensure the children’s safety. Other decisions Amery made when being chased were implausible as well. Teenagers are tech junkies. They understand how to track and find things, places and people better than most adults do. Staying with Lachlann at his house and endangering him was a poor and selfish choice, as well as returning for Lachlann’s car. These are such unrealistic plot devices. If a dangerous group has enough wherewithal to discover the integration project and what subjects are in the program, they certainly are smart enough to track the people close to the subjects to find the target they’re after. Unite's book cover is beautiful. Ms. Campbell’s idea for Unite is both unique and interesting. Unfortunately, I think most adults and even older teens will find the story lacking depth and plausibility. *Netgalley Arc Provided for honest review
A Review of Unite From: Head In The Clouds; A YA Book Review Blog ** I received this as an eARC through Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for a review. In no way does that effect the thoughts and opinions expressed here. I did not receive compensation in any way for this review.** Hmm. Well. That was disappointing. I had such high hopes for this book only to have it fall flatter than flat. Don't get me wrong, it had it's redeeming points but there were some serious issues that truly drove me batty!! First off the MC is being trained for something. She starts off telling us that she was in a group of babies that were "chosen". It takes SEVERAL chapters for us to finally find out what exactly it is that she's being prepared for, which seems kinda ridiculous since the synopsis obviously gives the secret away. So after we find out that Amery has been placed by the FBI among the earthlings I began wondering...why is Amery so unuseful? I mean she has spent all her life in and out of the FBI headquarters and knowing what her future holds for her you would think she could invest in some self defense classes. PLUS she's an ALIEN! Shouldn't she have some kind of superpowers?? (Not really a bad thing, I just wish she had super powers.) When her BFF Lola is kidnapped we really start to see how lacking Amery is. I mean yeah she does everything she can to save Lola but she kind of goes at it like a chicken without a head. Another thing that drove me CRAZY is Amery's almost obsessive like hatred for Lochie, the boy she has grown up "hating". You know how some books have insta-love? Well I'm pretty sure Campbell was so scared of having her characters fall in insta-love that she went in the complete opposite. Why is Amery so insistent on hating Lochie?! He seems like such a nice guy who really likes her and only wants to help! I mean not once did I ever agree with her when she said he was being "so annoying". And to top it off I wanted to knock sense into her hypocritical parents aka HANDLERS. Towards the beginning of the book her mom witnesses Amery making faces at Lochie (Seriously! She sticks her tongue out at him) at supper that evening they grill her about who he is and how she can't risk him not liking her, everyone NEEDS to like her! But when she explains who he his they get all worried stating she isn't allowed to date and maybe she should stop being his project partner, better to not have the temptation. Do you want him to like her or not?! As for those redeeming points. I really did love Lochie, he seemed like such a sweet guy. And the alien idea is a great one, I just wish it had been executed a little differently. The pacing was most definitely fast paced, it only took me a day to finish it. I think that if Amery were a little more tough I would have liked it a lot more. I finished the book and it was okay but I probably won't read it again, or the next one.