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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...

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—It has been 175 years since a virus killed 75 percent of the humans on earth. Two types of survivors remained, those who were immune and those who mutated. Ally is an Ordinary and lives in a village outside of the City. She has wanted to volunteer to move to the City, but her family has convinced her to stay. Her choice to stay is taken away when she is caught over the border and is claimed by an Exceptional. Ally's life will never be the same. Petosa's characters are shallow, and the story line is predictable. Emily Durante's narration is flat and unpolished. Usually an audiobook enhances the printed word, but this is one example of the book being better without the audiobook's performance. VERDICT A supplemental purchase for a high school or public library collection.—Elizabeth L. Kenyon, Merrillville High School, IN

Product Details

  • File Size: 527 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 69 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 28 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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34 of 37 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 31 people found the following review helpful
By Runmom
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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I absolutely loved it!!! Couldn't put it down! Amazing story line and awesome characters! Can't wait to start the next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
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Published 1 month ago by aftografto
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictible
This was a predictable story. It was well written but very dry. I think it may appeal to a early teen audience. I was not impressed myself.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very well written! I couldn't put my Kindle down!
Published 1 month ago by Christina Littlejohn
3.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 is better but you got to read 1 first
A little choppy not the best written book ever but the story was intriguing worth reading
Published 2 months ago by R Portin
4.0 out of 5 stars nice read
It was interesting and kept my attention for days. Getting ready to read the next book, Ordinary. Three more words.
Published 2 months ago by Steven Fuller
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great series..........I read all 3 from triology in 4 days!!!
Published 2 months ago by Louise Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book
Really enjoyed this book. I loved the love story. A little bit of impracticalness but still good. Great story line
Published 2 months ago by Not Public
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
It was a incredible book!!! Yet I would have liked Luke to have gone with her! I recommend it to any age!
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More About the Author

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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