- File Size: 3716 KB
- Print Length: 530 pages
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- Publisher: Norilana Books (August 13, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 13, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013X8TXPI
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Compete (The Atlantis Grail Book 2) Kindle Edition
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So. I liked the book, and parts of it I liked very much. A few parts dragged. The ending was a possibility I thought unlikely, leading up. And it promises a rousing start to the third book, which I eagerly await and expect good things from.
If you haven't already read the first book in the Atlantis Grail series, Qualify, you need to. Otherwise, some of Compete will not make sense. And it's a great story, too – the year is 2047, a meteorite of catastrophic proportions is heading toward Earth and our Atlantean cousins, who left the planet a long time ago, have returned to save as many young people as they can. In order to qualify for a place on one of the Atlantean ships, these teens have struggled through training and competition and have earned the right to make the one-year journey to a new solar system and a new life.
For Gwen Lark, that includes a couple of siblings, a boyfriend and the choice of whether or not she will be a cadet in the Atlantean fleet, or a civilian. Compete takes us through that year with her, where she has to confront not just her goals – she still insists she is going to compete in the Grail games when they reach Atlantis in order to save the rest of her family on Earth – but her continued fascination with and attraction to Aeson Kasseopei, hotshot astra daimon pilot, her new commanding officer and boss, and an Imperial Prince, to boot. Yes, she is still standing up to him, and still making him angry, but we see some growth and maturity in her character and a little softening in his as their relationship deepens.
I adore the new characters in this story (including a fop of an Imperial courtier and two office aides for Kass – one snarky and one sweet) and the return of some of the people I grew to know and love in Qualify. It's a good thing when peripheral characters from the first book become more real as the story unfolds, and are central to the continued plot.
Gwen's trials and triumphs aboard the ark ship as it races to her new home made me laugh and cry, and the ending had my jaw dropping to the floor. No real spoilers here, although I could talk all day about the amazing twists and turns in this story. There are Quantum Stream shuttle races, zero-gravity dances, more information about the problems facing Earth (and possibly Atlantis) and new clues as to why Gwen has such a talented voice.
And if you think this is just a novel for young people, think again. I'm the grandmother of one, not some teenaged fan girl, and to me, a good story is a good story. This one, like Qualify, will appeal to all ages. Gwen is easy to identify with on many levels. I'm not so old in spirit that I can't remember what it was like to be her age. Okay, maybe there is a bit of a fan girl in me when it comes to Aeson, And some of the other hot guys on the ship. Just don't tell anyone, all right?
Nazarian's writing, from Gwen's viewpoint, flows easily as we follow the ups and downs of being a teenager, having a gift, a goal and a tenacious personality that sets you apart, and trying to fit in with everyone else. Only to discover that what makes you special is all you really needed in the first place.
I loved the first book and the competing streak for survival. This one mostly revolved around their year in space as they fly over to Atlantis. The main character's POV was something to get used to, because she had a very young mind that wasn't as sharp as her intelligence was made to be, making me wonder if she was just extremely dense about things. I liked her head-strong attitude and need to act first and think alter.
However, a lot of this was too much; I kept thinking that a good trimming would've done wonders to the pages, because it was overwhelming to have both her run-on thoughts and an excessive amount of detail. Some things weren't needed to be repeated, and I personally thought that some paragraphs didn't add to the story. There were times when I skimmed pages and still got the main parts and good stuff.
I absolutely loved that I still got to see her in action, but there isn't much she can really do on the ship, aside from learning about the new world. In a way, this was almost like a filler for the main things on Atlantis, but not exactly. The ending was surprising, and yes, it's a cliffhanger. Despite all the skimming I did, I still felt that I got my money's worth. I'm glad I didn't stop at book one.
I love the chemistry between 'him' and 'her', but I absolutely could not STAND Logan. I disliked him in book one and it drove me mad to see him with her in this book. I'm glad he finally dumped her for panting over Kass because she really needed to be told about the feelings she was too dense to see for herself.
*end of spoiler*
In the end, an almost 4-star is what I rate this and I definitely recommend that people start getting into this series. It's like the Hunger Games but with Atlanteans as the aliens, all dressed up in Egyptian-like fashion.