Elevated: A YA Sci-Fi Fantasy Superhero Series (Elevated Book #1) Kindle Edition
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The characters are well fleshed out, but not completely over explained, which leaves room in future books for us to learn more about them. Each of them is very relateable to people I've encountered over time, so it was easy to picture them in the various situations in the book. A couple of surprises within the characters themselves, which was also a treat, as most YA (Patterson, Lore, Rowling, Collins) are so heavy handed they telegraph exactly who is going to do what in the upcoming story.
As far as plot, it was a tight plot, very well organized so every scene feeds in to later scenes and there isn't any fluff or filler. Granted, that's something that happens more with later books in a series, but I appreciate that everything is pertinent, as well as very well described.
To me, the pacing was perfect. I find with YA novels this is a chronic issue, again this being the exception. It was brisk, with enough slower moments to let you catch your breath and process everything from the scene before.
Sci-Fi "cannon" for lack of a better term is tricky. So much as been seen before - vampires, experiment-gone-wrong mutants, other planets. This was a breath of fresh air. It pulls from a different background in that everyone is born with a latent ability, but no one knows what theirs will be. So 16 year olds are given the choice to either activate their ability or not. I enjoyed how there was a whole new caste system based on abilities, and the consequences of having certain abilities. But, it wasn't so sci-fi that a non sci-fi person wouldn't enjoy it. It's only one step from our current collective experiences, but still different enough that it created a whole different set of prejudices, attitudes, etc. From a sociological perspective, it was interesting to see how society changed so much with just one small difference.
Finally, as the mom of a kid who reads well above her grade level, I struggle to find books she will enjoy that don't have too much I don't want her exposed to right now. This was mature, in that the kids are dealing with permanent consequences (choosing to develop an ability or not) as well as other situations I won't explain because they are plot points, but nothing my 10 year old isn't ready for yet. So, no sex, drugs, cussing, etc. So, while it's geared toward young adults, younger kids won't be uncomfortable with the story or scenes.
I am so grateful a friend recommended this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I believe a wide range of ages will enjoy this book, I know I did and my daughter is loving it so far (she's about 2/3 through).
Elevation Day is when millions of kids, who just turned sixteen, like Rose Williams, have the opportunity to be zapped to uncover their hidden super power. Rose can’t decide if having a power is what she really wants, for powers range from amazing to a nuisance.
Rose’s friend, Elliott is introspective. He says, “I can’t control which system I was born in. I can only control how I cope with it.” Elliott believes this is his true power, and anything else is purely an illusion.
Rose eventually refuses to let GEMO, the government arm of the Elevated Program, zap her. Her father was declared an Unsound and forced into exile, and her mother has super hearing, which can be quite annoying. However, after Elliott’s zap experience produces no tangible results, he’s labeled a Basic. But when he becomes angry and touches Rose, he zaps her with a new found energy that turns Rose into a Scanner, a person with the ability of surveillance.
Rose decides to keep her ability secret, because who likes a peeping Tom? And if the government found out, she’d be drafted into the armed services or forced to do police work. Rose wants to become a botanist. Since the authorities think Elliott is a dud, he too decides not to let anyone know he’s a Catalyst, an Unsound power that could put him in prison for life.
Elevated is book one in Daniel Solomon Kaplan’s new series. Rose is the central character telling her story in the first person. The novel follows her and her friends’ decisions to become or not become elevated and the results of those decisions. There’s also a government conspiracy lurking in the shadows Rose uncovers as she quietly investigates her father’s mysterious death.
Elevated will keep most YA and sci-fi readers entranced until the very end; and the beginning of Book 2, Catalyst, that Pop said he may read real soon.
To stay away from spoilers, I'll say this was handled masterfully. Was it a bit annoying that Rose hung out with three boys, and I could see her falling for any of them? Yes. Were the typos distracting? A tad ("Sad" for "Dad"?). Were there a couple times something wasn't fully explained? Yes (Did Jex's machine know which power? She never told, and he knew all along). Yet, the story was put together in a way that elevated the tension and characters just right.
I loved that Rose was into botany, though this could have come across more (comparing people to flowers might have been funny).
Secrets and super powers, my favorite! Oh, and moral dilemmas regarding discrimination and Lesser powers.
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