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Project Emergence Paperback – March 14, 2017
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Jamie Zakian is a fulltime writer who consumes the written word as equally as oxygen. She aspires to one day write at least one novel in every genre of fiction. She lives in Tabernacle, New Jersey.
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Then I started reading.
I read the book in two days. (More than two sittings because I have a toddler and a full time job...) I could barely put it down. I was hooked and wanted to know more from page one. Some books start off so slow, you try to give them the benefit of the doubt because you know they have to do some back story and introduce the characters but Zakian does it with pizzazz!
Not only was the story fast paced and fun, with a few emotional moments mixed in for good measure, the characters seemed well developed to me. I'm not a literary expert by any means, but I wasn't bored. I connected with the characters. I liked some, but not all. There was just enough back story to keep the present interesting but leave you wanting to know more about the past.
There is a little bit of romance, but no more than you'd expect in a YA novel. Some flirting, an innocent kiss or two, and teenage angst overthinking every little action. Just the right balance. The romance doesn't over take the story... ever.
Another plus for the story was that it kept me guessing. Just when I thought I knew what would happen next another branch of the plot popped up and knocked me back into uncertainty.
Now, I'm a nerd. I love science fiction and fantasy but this story didn't have too much of either. Obviously due to the space travel and science-y stuff it fits into the science fiction category but I think any lover of good fiction would enjoy this, even if sci-fi isn't their thing.
*I received an ARC ebook copy of this title to facilitate an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I love Ms. Zakian’s work, that’s no secret, her Ashby Holler series is one of my all time favorite sets of books.
As for Project Emergence, even though it’s coming out after the Ashby series, I have a feeling it’s an earlier work. It isn’t as nuanced as her other books but that fits the story line quite well.
One of Ms. Zakian’s gifts in writing YA is that she writes teens like they really are. It’s not adult thought patterns put into supposedly teenaged heads like a lot of the YA on the market.
Project Emergence is an easy, fast read and I think it’s a great set-up story for what I feel will be a fascinating book two.
Unfortunately, I caught a number of editing errors, so feel it could’ve been edited more thoroughly, but that’s not on the author. No author can ever can catch everything in their own work, we become blind to our own words. Just part of the business of writing. You need external editors and Project Emergence needed one. Regardless of that, it’s quite a fun read with a light, enjoyable plot.
I most strongly identified with Sabrina in the book. The young adult characters are written in a way that evokes the feeling of being a youth, which is exactly what one wants when writing YA. I think teenagers and new adults are going to enjoy the story quite a bit.
The two different styles of voice in the book are each unique and well defined (Sabrina/Adult, the YA voices, all are exactly as they should be, and it’s a hard thing for an author to do, to have two such different voices in one book.)
The characters and world definitely have promise, and I look forward to book two.