Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review: Selected (The Zaratan Trilogy - Book One) by Evelyn Lederman

Title:  Selected (The Zaratan Trilogy: Book One)
Author:  Evelyn Lederman
Genre:  Science Fiction, YA
Release Date:  May 30, 2016

From the Back Cover:

Destruction.... A show of force... And a warning...   

Three isolated towns across the world have been destroyed in a show of force by alien invaders. It is a clear warning of what will occur if their demands are not fulfilled. The fulfillment: Human children between the ages of twelve through fifteen years.   Kara Harper is an unremarkable fourteen-year-old girl who is selected by the aliens. She will be physically and socially orientated during the six months it will take to arrive at the planet Zaratan. The girl who liked the safety of being invisible, cannot help but stand out.   Matt Sparks, the boy next door, is also selected. Kara has had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. He vows to safeguard her. The closer they get to their destination, the more difficult it becomes to live up to his promise. Kara is unsure if she has the strength to withstand the trials and physical changes she is forced to go through. In a new life, Kara will be torn. Will she be drawn in by an alien boy who has shown interest in her or by the powerful patriarch who sees her as the future of his race?

Buy Links: Amazon 
My Review:

Several months ago I received a complimentary copy of Selected from the author, Evelyn Lederman, in a gift basket while attending Authors After Dark, a book convention in Savannah.  Life got busy and I didn't have a chance to read it, but every time I looked at it I was fascinated by the gorgeous cover.  Well I finally picked it up and once I started reading I simply could not put it down!

I'm not that into Young Adult novels or Sci-Fi novels, but  I was TOTALLY CAPTIVATED by this book, the characters and the world created by Evelyn Lederman.

With entire cities being destroyed by alien forces, the earth's only salvation was to send their children between the ages of twelve to fifteen to be interviewed by these aliens with a select number being chosen and taken to the aliens' home planet of Zaratan.  Kara and her neighbor Matt, a boy she has had a crush on since they were young children, are among those taken.

The trials these children had to endure were enough to keep me on the edge of my seat.  Compassion and budding romance was intertwined throughout the book.  I loved it and cannot wait to read the next book in this series.  And now that I have discovered the writing talent of Evelyn Lederman, I cannot wait to read more of her books in other genre's.

* Disclosure:  A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author.  Although a review was not required, I was compelled to provide one.  All comments, thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating:

About the Author:

I clearly remember a conversation I had with my sister and a friend about infinite parallel universes. We were outside Sedona, Arizona. 

All of a sudden 5 young women started talking in my mind. That was the start of 'The World's Apart' series. 'The Chameleon Soul Mate' was published in August 2014, followed by 'The Crystal Telepath' in December 2014. 

The floodgates have opened and I have more books in the Worlds Apart series as well as other series coming. I’m loving the ride!


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