Gods of Anthem is basically an epic prologue for book two, because the set-up for book two is amazing. This being Logan's first novel, obviously there's wiggle room for improvement--as with most books--but it's rare to find a debut novel that pulls off such an intense, gripping, emotional, and complex story such as this, with gusto, poise, and bravery. Bravo to this author for such an amazing debut. I see much more awesomeness to come in the future, not just for LaLa Land (book 2), but for all of the fantastic stories to come beyond it. Thanks, Ms. Keys, for writing such an awesome book. Can't wait for more! Best Selling Author Christina Rozelle The Treemakers Trilogy
What more could we ask for in a YA?
Um, we could always ask for and receive some actually nice romance. Yeah! Romance! Liza and Jeremy are so cute together! Maybe I'm just a sucker for writers who love musicians. Or maybe it's the purple eyes or the nigh-immortality or the sweetness in the face of all these hungry shambling hoards (and even the zombies!)
Of course, this book isn't all about the list of cool features or even the fact that we even get time to wage war with Tommy and hulk out as if we're all playing an awesome game of Resident Evil with a very, very generous dose of Alice In Wonderland. Cool, right?
And all the while Jeremy is out to free them all from the terrible yoke of the elite rich and their dangerous survival techniques. Come on! I *love* body mods. Of course, these kinds of body mods are a bit extreme, but what can we do! It's an extreme kind of world! :)
This book has great pacing and a lot of fun characters and action and character development, but none of that is quite as amazing as the end. Fair warning, however... these kinds of reveals might absolutely prevent you from avoiding the next book in the series. :) :)" Top Goodreads Reviewer and Sci-fi Author Brad Horner
"We meet Liza on a prison island, not far removed from Alcatraz. Only it's for those children who are sick and dying. And Liza is ready. She's accepted her fate and she's ready to go. When suddenly, she allowed to go to Anthem. And things aren't much better in Anthem. The authority have everything under a tight scrutiny, and there she meets Jeremy and her whole world turns upside down. She's suddenly given purpose and a meaning. And it isn't because she's found a man, it's because of this man's purpose.
Then we meet Tommy Hatter. He's a weapon. Not just that he uses one, but he IS one. Only Tommy's weapon isn't easily controlled and doesn't discriminate when it's set loose. Tommy's only real friend is a young girl named Joelle. And she scares people more than he does.
These two stay apart throughout the whole book until the last couple of chapters. There isn't much in the way of romance, but this cross-genre book still reads like one. These two people are destined for greatness, even if they are only friends. (which I'm thinking is possible.)
I can't really discuss much in the book without giving away some major plot points. I will tell you, you're set up for the next book. I will also tell you that once you start on this book, you WILL.NOT.PUT.IT.DOWN. For reals. I read it all in one day. Not even the full day. Just a chunk of it. I'm probably going to read it again because I just KNOW I'm going to find something new and awesome about it.
Ms. Keys immerses you deep into her dystopian/post-apocalyptic world full of insanity and heart-break and hope. It's really hard to classify this book. It's definitely YA. After that, it crosses so many genre lines that it's almost impossible to just pick two or three other areas. I positively LOVE this book. There aren't enough words. For reals. So would I recommend this book, you may ask.....Why you ask such silly questions?!?!?! Of COURSE I do."
"This book is more than a book, it's like my nerd soul exploded and then regrew into a beautiful new nerd garden." Michelle Kluttz Reviewer
"This is not a book that you need to read while at work, because you will get very annoyed if you have to put it down...
I LOVED this book!! They way it sucks you in and holds on until you make it to the end then leaves you wanting more. The build up of the characters have you falling in love from the start and wanting to know what they will do next in the face of extreme circumstances. Warning it leaves you on a hanger that will slowly drive you mad wanting to know what happens next. " Paperback Crack
"Young adult dystopian like never before! Logan Keys knows her (stuff)! Post-apocalyptic world inhabited by the sick, the living dead, the soldiers, and the rebellion. The opening scene had me holding my breath, and I don't think I ever really caught it. This novel will hold you captive and keep you guessing until the very end. I cannot wait for the next installment!" Cheryl McIntyre Best-selling Author
"This is the YA debut novel for Logan Keys, and YA readers are going to LOVE it! The book is written in dual POV, and the way Keys did this was absolute genius. It kept me guessing and wondering and reading along just to find out why she did what she did.
I'll be honest. It's been a very long time since a novel surprised me, and this one did it more than once. I never saw some of these twists coming, and Keys did it beautifully.
Gods of Anthem is YA Dystopian and book #1 of a series. And it's gearing up to be a series no one will want to miss! On release day--which is still TBD--make sure to GO BUY THIS BOOK! Then come back and tell me how far your jaw dropped at the end." D Nichole King Best Selling Author