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Exceptional (Exceptional Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jess Petosa
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Book Description

"In the future, things are anything but ordinary..."

In 2022, the United States commissioned a group of scientists to experiment with genetic mutations. Their goal was to create a serum that would alter the human genetic code, making the subject stronger and faster. They succeeded but their victory was short lived. Not only had they created a super serum, but also an airborne virus. By 2025, seventy-five percent of the world's population had perished. The survivors, well their lives would never be the same.

175 A.V.

Ally is an Ordinary; a human immune to the virus. She lives in a settlement outside the City with her mother and twin brother, but lately it doesn't seem to be enough. She is wrestling between being with her family and volunteering to move to the City, where she can work for the Exceptionals.

Luke is an Exceptional; a superior human being. His ancestors were infected with the virus and lived through it, leaving their super human strength and special abilities to him. He has never given much thought to Ordinarys, despite pressure from his father to choose one from the ORC. But all of that changes when he meets Ally...

Product Details

  • File Size: 486 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Jess Petosa (February 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D3SPYK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It was a little strange ... November 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I downloaded the Exceptional sample, i was hooked. However, as I got further and further into the story things started to get strange. Our Heroine Ally is boring. We are told that she is a rebel, she breaks rules, and that she is a "strong" person. Uh,no.
Ally is a weak, thoughtless girl who just goes with the flow with very little worry. Then, partway through, I feel like she actually may get a backbone, but then she just forgives Luke! Like, What. The. Heck. I would be FURIOUS if something like that happened to me. i would not just *forgive* him that easily.

*spoiler* And her uber special powers? uh huh.)*end spoiler*

And Luke? Ha. I am sorry. I did not like him. He was He was pretty. Am I supposed to love pretty? If so, then my pretty-o-meter is broken, or something. He really didn't have a personality. Oh, and, of course, he has to have a super-duper-rare power(s?) that makes him special even among the Exceptionals.


I guess really I just had a few main issues with this book.

1. There was no rhyme-or-reason behind Ally's choices. *Spoiler* Like, a crazy band of hundreds of thousands of cannibalistic Exceptionals are taking over the south, yet Ally decides that she is going to escape (even though she has NO REASON to leave the city. Things are good.) and go SOUTH. Her reasoning? Eh, we can just AVOID them. Uh huh. Let me know how that goes.

2. things didn't add up. Things were added like they made sense, when they didn't.

3. The plot meandered. I wasn't really interested.

4. insta-love.

Please realize that I am not bashing the author, I am just leaving an honest review.

Overall: 3/10
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars meh April 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I wanted to like this book. I actually like the cookie-cutter plots of these dystopian YA romance type books, but this one is simply too poorly written. I can't get into a book when every other page has a glaring, cringing grammatical error. The author doesn't seem to know the difference between "then" and "than" and interchanges them freely. There are other homonym errors too.
Aside from that, it's a very "tell" rather than "show" book. The author departs from the narrative quite often to explain textbook-style how the world works. I mean just about every basic writing mistake that can be made is made. The saving grace is that it's only 2.99 and available in the kindle lending library.

Aaaand I'm pretty darn sure half the five star reviews for this book are fake.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Swimom4
Format:Kindle Edition
YES, YES, YES, YES, YES!!!!! Finally, I have come across a dystopian novel that does not just prattle on about how awful the world is for ten chapters and then toss in a mini-romance as an afterthought. I thought maybe Shatter Me (which, admittedly stands in a class of it's own) may be the only one, but Jess Petosa pulled it off in spades!!

Exceptional brings us Ally, an Ordinary living in the settlement just outside the City where the Exceptionals live. Though she's intrigued by the prospect of joining their world as a volunteer to work for them within their walls, she doesn't want to leave her mother and twin brother behind. The decision is made for her when one wrong move has her being dragged into the city walls by the guards. Luckily for Ally, the sexy and sweet Exceptional Luke can't help but feel drawn to her, and it changes everything.

First off, I love Ally! She's feisty, confident, brave, and just plain awesome! She's thrown into a world that's completely foreign to her, with this stranger, and she holds her own. She's confused and isn't sure what to make of Luke, or what him choosing her means. Just as she begins to consider the feelings that Luke stirs up in her, Petosa throw us another twist and Ally is questioning everything she's seen so far. I love that Ally doesn't just accept the way of life for Ordinaries in the city; she's intrigued by how different things are for the Exceptionals, but she holds onto her ideals when it comes to how they treat her kind.

Luke is spectacular, I mean Exceptional is the perfect description for this character!! He's sexy, powerful, smart, strong, and so sweet to Ally that it just melted my heart!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't even know... August 3, 2013
By LrD
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I honestly can't even recommend this book for a short, entertaining read. There's so much eyerolling induced moments in Exeptionals that it becomes a workout after a very short amount of time. I have never in my life scoffed so much at a book, and I only made it to the 9th chapter before giving up completely.

There is no actual set up in this book. There is a prologue where the author dumps a bunch of information on you, and then a single chapter where you are introduced to your character before you are thrown into a story. The grammar and spelling have many issues, and there are many paragraphs where the structure is completely flawed and didn't flow one bit. Often I would finish a SHORT paragraph and be so confused as to how the character had gone from one conclusion or feeling at the start to a completely different one by the end.

Petosa repeats herself a lot and explains things over and over again, while on the other hand, there is no description of anything at all. What does Ally's home look like? I don't know. What does the countryside and towns around the City look like? What does the city itself look like? Most importantly, what do the characters look like, for goodness sake? I don't know, and neither will you, because Petosa throws out names and nothing else. "This is so-and-so, and... well there she is." I think the most descriptive she got was talking about the color and thickness of a characters hair. Never mind his other features. Hair is good enough, apparently. There is an excessive use of the words "Male" and "Female" in this book as well. Not sure if it was intentional, to set a tone for the utilitarian setting, or if this author honestly needs to kill her darlings.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast paced, and very interesting. I finished the book in one sitting!
Published 11 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I am in love with this series. Probably my fav series ever! I am about to re-read the first two while I wait for the third to come out!!
Published 2 days ago by Alex S
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! !
This book is amazing. I loved every bit of it! It kept you guessing and turning the pages. Has a little romance and is full of action and wonder that keeps up the pace of the book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars The plot is derivative from a number of other recent best sellers in...
The author needs a new proofreader. There are mistakes in grammar and spelling. The author also needs tougher friends to read the early versions of the manuscript. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Kathryn B. LePard
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional
Your usual dystopian YA novel but I like how the pace keeps moving and doesn't lag. I will read the rest of the series.
Published 1 month ago by Krysten
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay book if you have free time to waste
The story was pretty good but I found myself trying to get over the bad writing- It could have been written in a much better way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Irini Gouzos
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love the Born Series - you will LOVE this book
This book is up there with the Hunger Games, Divergent and the Born series. A definite must read. Couldn't put the book down.
Published 1 month ago by Jaime Ritchie
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I only finished this because I spent a few dollars on it. Horribly boring main characters, unbelievable story, overall just terrible. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hannah Paxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story!
This book has a very original story line. I loved reading about Ally and Luke and all of their family and friends. Luke's father, Aden, is definitely someone you love to hate. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
I enjoyed this book from start to finish, and then got right into no 2, cannot wait for number 3 to be released
Published 1 month ago by Betty Buckley
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I was born in Philly but married into the wonderful, sometimes boring, state of Indiana. Here we enjoy Amish food -mainly the pie-, Notre Dame football, and tractor pulls. I was born June 12th, 1986... you do the math.

I live in a cozy neighborhood with large backyards and lots of extremely excitable children. Forget traffic sounds at night, I get to hear the delighted screams of the youth; including my own. My home is shared with my husband, my two beautiful girls, and a miniature wiener dog named Jake. We used to have a rabbit living in our basement, but you'll have to ask me about that one another time.

I am also a professional photographer, since having only one time consuming occupation is not enough for me! I also enjoy reading and set myself a goal of 100 books a year. Somewhere between those two things, I find time to be a wife and a mother.

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