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Elemental Hardcover – November 21, 2012
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Er. But let me back up.
Basically, the beginning of the book goes like this: Meet Thomas. He lives on a tiny island. No one on the island really likes him. Except for these two girls that fight over him. But actually he's pretty useless. BUT NEVERMIND THAT, PIRATES!
Actually, it took me a little while to get into this world. The world of the Elementals seems self explanatory, but that is in fact not the case. Right in the first chapter, almost every person on Thomas's little island is introduced, and after that's basically up to you to remember who everyone is. I'm never a fan of large casts-especially because few of them actually play a large part in the novel.
John actually tries to get away with not explaining a lot of things, under the guise of "secrets" and things that have been hidden from the children of the island. In some cases this can't be avoided, since the novel is told in the first person, but other times it just got really annoying. So that is my one mention of this dystopian's world building.
This beginning didn't last overly long, but it did not imbue me with confidence about the rest of the book. However, once John got the pesky adults out of the way, something happened.
The book TOOK OFF.
I can barely say anything about much of it because there are SO MANY SECRETS in this book, but most of them made me so happy. What I originally thought was a simple plot line extended deeper and deeper with every page. No, a lot of this wasn't fully explained, but it was all there and it was pretty cool. The action also speeds up towards the end, which was really nice.Read more ›
When many years ago the Plague spread across the globe, a small group of people had taken to the ocean in a desperate attempt to escape its deadly embrace. The small colony settled down on a remote island (Hatteras). The members of the colony - the Guardians and their Apprentices - all possess the ability to read and manipulate air, water, fire or earth. They use it to find food, summon fire and predict the violent storms that often hit the island. Our lead protagonist, 16-year-old Thomas, is the only one born without an element.
When yet another storm is about to unleash its fury on Hatteras Island, the kids (accompanied by Guardian Lora) end up waiting in out on a neighboring island. Things quickly go South from there: Guardian Lora passes away during the storm, all the other Guardians disappear without a trace, and a band of pirates invades their island, burning their colony to the ground. And they are now after the kids. To survive, Thomas and his friends first need to learn the truth about the Plague, their colony and themselves.
Elemental is - quite simply - a really awesome book. The plot line is well thought out, original and captivating. Full of secrets and mysteries, it really keeps you on your toes all the way to the end.Read more ›
I would like to preface my review with some background so the reader can understand where I am coming from when I review a book from a trilogy. I have a love/hate relationship with trilogies. There are certain factors I always look for in a first book. It's hard to rate based on completeness until the entire trilogy is done. The first book always tends to be the "set up" book. So what I look for: the book in some ways is stand alone. While there are threads that are still hanging, we get a sense that the first story has been complete. I also want to know that those threads are interesting enough to stick around for another two books. Thirdly, the characters have to be captivating enough to want to see more of them. It is a marvel to me how many books fall into one of these traps. Either it spends too much time setting up the next two books without being a book of its own, or it is so complete that I don't actually feel like I need to read any more of the books.
Antony John does not fall into these traps. Elemental is a dark, brooding book that opens up with secrets upon secrets. The protagonist, Thomas, is apparently the only one in the Colony that doesn't have any powers to call upon the elements. This makes him an outcast-- to the point where no one can even bear to touch him. He has two friends that are as different as night and day and hint to a bit of a love triangle-- Rose and Alice. When a storm comes and their parents and the Guardians of the Colony disappear, Thomas and his friends need to discover the secrets that have remained hidden for years in order to save themselves and their loved ones.
I spent the first several chapters confused.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read. Pacing is well done and I love the storu and the characters......or hate them with the same firmness as the protagonists hehePublished 9 months ago by Eleazar
The book was well written, good dialogue, good description and decent world building. The ideas surrounding the story were good, however, the protagonist, Thomas felt inactive. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I chose this rating only because I love books like this and this is the best one I've read so farPublished 14 months ago by stephanie pierce
Elemental is a great book and keeps the reader turning pages as quickly as possible. This book ends leaving lots of questions unanswered and lots of space for the sequel to follow. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Linda
enjoyable ride. Don't know how to review without giving the plot away. Can't wait for the next book in the seriesPublished 18 months ago by okaytoday
I found the setting a reason to visit a map and recall where the island was located . Also connected with the black plague in the 1500. Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by mary