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Alive: Book One of the Generations Trilogy Hardcover – July 14, 2015
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An Amazon Best Book of July 2015: Scott Sigler’s new sci-fi thriller is easily one of the best “Wow, what will happen next?” books to be published this year so far. A 17-year-old girl wakes up in what appears to be a white coffin—surrounded by other 17-year-olds, half of whom are dead in their coffins. The macabre situation gets stranger because those who did survive can’t quite remember their names or their histories, nor do they understand why they have strange symbols marked on their foreheads. Are they underground? Why is the tunnel they follow seemingly endless? And is anyone else alive? When they encounter another group of semi-adults, battles for leadership ensue, and those with the same symbols band together. But they are slowly becoming aware there is something else out there, and they will survive only if they stick together. Sigler balances the yin of high-octane shocks that come around each curve of the tunnel with the yang of Sun Tzu-like wisdom on tactics and leadership that have been mysteriously embedded in the mind of the main character, Em. As Em leads her survivors toward—she hopes—freedom, we stay on edge until the last page. And even then, tension about the group’s ultimate fate thrums like an electrical current under the skin, so thank goodness there’s another book coming in this trilogy. --Adrian Liang
“Suspenseful . . . [Alive] lives up to its hype, packing plenty of thrills.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Fascinating and intriguing . . . a cross between Lord of the Flies and The Maze Runner and yet . . . so much more.”—Fresh Fiction
“A ripping, claustrophobic thunderbolt of a novel, Scott Sigler’s Alive gives us an unforgettable young hero who must find the inner strength to lead without knowing where she is, who she is, and how bitterly the odds are stacked against her.”—Pierce Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising
“Sigler has created a wonderful and engrossing character in M. Savage. Strong and smart, but with the naïveté and misgivings of any teenage girl, she’s someone you’ll definitely want on your side when s**t hits the fan, which it most certainly does.”—Veronica Belmont, host of Sword & Laser
“A tense, unsettling page-turner of a story—both deeply strange and wildly compelling.”—Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker and Maplecroft
“From the first page I was hooked. The puzzle unfolds masterfully, right down to the last page.”—Dr. Phil Plait, Ph.D., author of Bad Astronomy
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Many have compared the book to "The Hunger Games" but I think it more closely resembles "Maze Runner". However, "Alive" would be enjoyable to anyone who enjoyes YA distopian novels.
Others have given a small, spoiler-free, introduction to the book so I won't go into that here. I do feel that many of the characters are well developed, especially the main characters for this book in the trilogy. I know that some of the minor characters are likely to have their parts grow in the next two books and I'm looking forward to seeing how their characters develop.
Overall a great read from an established author and highly recommended.
This is the first book of a series, so you never get ALL the answers, just enough to make you want the next book NOW! The ending comes at a good transition point to the next book. I didn't feel cliffhangered, but I'm eagerly awaiting the next one! I probably could have read it in one day if I'd had the time. It reminded me somewhat of "Lord of the Flies". Definitely recommended.
My 11-year-old niece is a non-reader. I challenged her to read the first 5 pages. After two pages she asked if she could take the book home with her.
A young girl awakens frightened and alone, fighting to free herself from her tomb. However, once free she realizes she is still alone with no recollection of who she is or how she got there. It doesn't take long for her to discover more tomb like boxes with others trapped inside. After freeing the others, she leads them from the room in hopes of escaping this nightmare, but are they ready for the horrors that await them.
Incredibly well written, Alive is a gripping page-turner that pulled me with just the first sentence, "A stabbing pain jolts me awake." I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end and found the book difficult to put down. The author has a gift for creating a believable world where the unthinkable is possible. The characters are vibrant and alive and my connection with them was instantaneous. I felt their fear and celebrated their successes, no matter how minor. I was absolutely absorbed within the pages of this book.
Alive is an amazing read and I highly recommend picking up a copy.
Despite my anticipation for the next book, this is a satisfying read in its own right. The conclusion is thrilling, but makes for a natural segway for a second novel. It is a bit gory for the YA genre's younger readers, but thankfully not overrun by teen romance either (I actually think this will cross over well to adult readers). It lays a solid foundation for more excitement to come I can't wait!
Sigler doesn't shy away from believable consequences for choices and the outcome of violence is never pretty (though the most horrific moment is carried out off-page...and suffers naught for it). He never told me what to think - one of the gravest sins in fiction - and made sure that every death was gut-wrenching. I worried for my favorite supporting character the whole time.
It's a thing I do, latching onto a supporting character. I don't know why.
Suffice to say that I haven't enjoyed a YA book this much since I first read The Book of Three.
The main character’s self-talk was somewhat cheesy at times. But I realized the necessity to convey the emotions and thoughts.
Excellent story. I highly recommend this trilogy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Actually a good study on how to lead a group in a tough situation.
Poor writing style and characterization.