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Fear My Mortality (Mortal Eternity) Paperback – April 5, 2016
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Gr 8 Up—In a world where humans regenerate and live for centuries, war via death is no longer possible. But when Ava's brother Josh is killed, Ava discovers that she and Josh are mortal; their genetics do not allow them to regenerate. After Josh's murder, Ava barely escapes government agents who aim to study her mortality to create a new weapon of biological warfare. Now on the run, she receives help from the one person she hates the most: Michael, the boy who murdered her brother. Readers who can overlook implausible world-building will be treated to an action-packed sci-fi romance. The story opens with a dramatic car accident, and from there, the action rarely slows. But teens will really have to suspend disbelief, as the premise simply does not make sense. According to the narrator, no one, not even her 300-year-old neighbor, can remember a time when humans could die from illness or injury. This suggests a setting that is centuries into the future. So why are people still living in modern suburbs and using current-day cars and technology? If no one dies, why isn't there a population problem? Are animals also immortal? And, most important, how can the protagonist feel anything but hatred for the boy who murdered her beloved brother? VERDICT Readers will have to ignore serious stretches in plausibility to enjoy this otherwise entertaining story. Give this to fans of Lissa Price's Starters and Bethany Wiggins's Stung.—Leigh Collazo, Dulwich College, Suzhou, China
"Fear My Mortality is a wonderful debut novel, with its non-stop action, unique fantasy twist, and a touch of romance. Everly Frost is a name to watch, and I can't wait to get my hands on her next book."
"Fast paced, beautifully written, a superb story - I was hooked from the first page to the last. Five out of five stunning stars."
"Fear My Mortality was a unique and refreshing YA novel with well written characters, a fast-paced plot, and a wonderfully built world! This story will reach into your heart and pull out so many different emotions; while Frost's beautiful writing forces you to realize just how precious every moment of life truly is and to never take anything for granted. There are some really great lessons to be learned in this one, and would be a great book club pick, as there are many ethical and emotional discussion points to choose from." - Jessabella Reads
"Absolutely Five stars from me. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fabulous novel about empathy, darkness, and innumerable odds when it comes to surviving with the ones you love." - Rachel's Book Reviews
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Ava, the protagonist of the story, is frail in body, but strong in spirit, and oh so likable. She spends very little time wallowing in her circumstances, but instead uses her brain to do something to change them, even if it means putting herself in danger to help others. The romance between her and Michael, her brother's accidental killer, is sweet but powerful and nicely age appropriate for today's varied YA audience. I also love that the author gave us a good stopping point, while I still am very much looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I don't know where the story is going from here, but I expect Frost won't disappoint with Book 2!
I received an eARC from the publisher, Month9Books, in exchange for an honest review.
This book was SO GOOD. I was hooked from page one and could not put it down. The entire time I was reading this book, every night I was in a cycle of "just one more chapter." The suspense and action will keep you wanting to read more and more. When I actually finished the book, I wanted there to be more! (Can I have book 2?)
The characters are incredibly interesting. The "bad" characters have you wondering why they would possibly do the things they are doing and even the "good" characters have you wondering whether or not they can really be trusted.
Ava (the MC) goes through quite a bit of development. She starts off as a kind of "follow the leader" type of person, hiding away parts of her that may be seen as weird or abnormal. By the end though, she thinks for herself and definitely doesn't let other people tell her who she should be or what she should do.
I found the overall concept of the book and the world within it to both be quite unique and interesting. I've read plenty of sci-fi, but I can't remember reading anything like this. The world itself was incredibly interesting and had me wanting to learn more about it. I found it especially interesting how, since people were essentially immortal (well, kind of mortal, but they live for hundreds of years) how they just didn't care when people died.
Overall, this book was absolutely wonderful and I adored it from beginning to end. Everly Frost knows how to write a story. I highly recommend it if you like sci-fi even a little bit. I honestly can't think of a single negative thing to say about it!!
This is a beautiful world inhabited by strong, determined characters on both sides of the morality line. I LOVE Ava and Michael, and I can't wait to someday read more of their story. I loved that they were both at times indestructible and incredibly vulnerable at others, but how they were always focused on keeping each other safe. Together they discovered what no one else had never known. You absolutely need to read this now!
I received a free copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.