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"True Calling by Siobhan Davis is a perfect blend of reality TV dating show meets super high-tech sci-fi meets teenage drama meets government conspiracies, and I had an absolute thrill reading it." Faridah Nassozi
"True Calling takes you on a stimulating journey, then screeches to an abrupt halt, leaving you dead in your tracks, screaming for more." Cheryl E. Rodriguez
"This is the type of book that you'll recommend to everyone you know and definitely one that you'll want to read again." Samantha Rivera
"This is a fantastic young adult sci-fi read and I have to say, even as an adult, I enjoyed every moment of it. The writing flows and creates a world with a government that is not an unfamiliar story in teen-fiction these days, but this is a fresh and interesting take on it." Kathryn Bennett
"One minute I thought I had the story figured out, but when I turned to the next page, there was another surprise waiting for me. All I know is I can't wait for the next installment." Trisha Dawn
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"I really loved this book! I liked the characters, the writing, the plot, the world-building....all of it." Mom with a Reading Problem
"The story line was awesome, it kept me into it and was hard to put down." Superbookgirl13
"It is a true page-turner and I can't wait for the sequel." Geeky Bookie
"This is the first space book I have read ... and I know it won't be my last. Now my problem is this: I WANT THE NEXT BOOK NOW!" Paradise of Pages
From the Author
- ASIN : B00SX1PG2A
- Publisher : Siobhan Davis; 2nd edition (January 28, 2015)
- Publication date : January 28, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2287 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 390 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #566,006 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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About halfway though, after I had grown frustrated from Ariana’s storyline that seemed to drag, I was then thrust into Zane’s POV, which completely bored me. When the story came back to Ariana’s POV, it picked up, and I found enjoyment until the end. The end is pretty much a cliff hanger, and with a brewing love triangle, I feel compelled to read book 2.
This novel is Reader Rated for ages +14 and up because of the intimacy shared between characters. The novel is clearly YA with its feel.
Final note. I am compelled to comment on this but it in no way affected my rating, but I feel readers need to know before they pick up a novel that is poorly edited. There is constant use of particle phrases that are incorrectly used, leading to time warps. The overkill of the phrases is a huge drawback. And a few comical word misuses. Appraise that should have been apprised, and damnit that should be damn it or dammit. And the constant use of contractions of the words I’ve, you’ve, and I’d and other such words that are unnatural in speech. I’ve a huge problem with that. I mean, I have a huge problem with that.
I am also discovering that I love romance as long as it's in the context of something larger, and that's exactly what happens in this book. (Although I think I'm just about ready to try pure romance and see if I've given it short shrift.) The love story here is but a part of the high stakes good vs. evil/save the world story, and as a result it works perfectly for me. Plus I happen to adore love triangles, and Davis does them so beautifully that my heart aches.
Another thing I love about this author's writing is her detailed world building, especially her descriptions of structures and devices. She's really thought out how things look and work, and I can see the setting, characters, and props in my head, as well as the action. One thing I enjoy about her world building is that I don't have to strain to understand names, governments, and the other cultural paraphernalia you find in science fiction and fantasy. She presents her world so breezily that I don't get lost. I really appreciate that.
Now here is my highest compliment: I want to savor Siobhan's books so much that I've decided to pace myself, read one only every so often rather than all in a rush. But I'm not sure I'll be able to do that. I might just have to devour them. I'll let you know.
Top reviews from other countries
Series: True Calling (#1)
Author: Siobhan Davis
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian
Release Date: 28th January 2015 (2nd Edition)
Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment, 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, Online Book Club Meme
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Ariana Skyee has been dreading the day that the Calling came. Every 17 year old on Novo has to participate in the Calling, where they are each given a list of 10 people who they can date. At the end of the Calling they have to be engaged, married before they're 18 and have three children before 22. Ariana hates the idea of the Calling, but when she discover Cal Remus is on her list things start to look up.
I'm not really sure where to start with my feelings on True Calling. I enjoyed reading it and found myself wanting to know how it ended, but I also felt that some of the plot devices used were a little bit of a rehash of other dystopian fiction. It made it a little predictable for me, but I did enjoy it none the less.
I loved the romance between Cal and Ariana. It felt like they were 17 and they were just discovering how to love and about relationships. It wasn't all plain sailing for them and that made their relationship stronger. They also had parents to deal with as well as the authorities which added another level of complications for them.
Just going to get this out there though; I didn't like Zane. I didn't find his part of the narration nearly as compelling as Ariana's, but there was something else that I just didn't like about him. Maybe it is my tendency to take sides in love triangles but it was definitely something!
I loved the fact that the dystopian society was split over two planets. I felt that that did give True Calling a different edge. I thought that the way in which the characters were fighting against the government on two fronts also worked well and the links between the two were definitely there.
I'm definitely intrigued by where True Calling will go next, and I love Ari and Cal together.
I love the cover and that's what attracted me to it in the first place. Then I started reading and just couldn't put it down!
True Calling starts off with 17 year-old Ariana on the planet Novo. She and her family were relocated there from Earth 2 years ago. All's well until the government introduced "The Calling" which is a pageant that all 17 year-olds must participate in, to find their lifetime partner.
As expected, Ariana wasn't happy about it and couldn't understand why she doesn't have a say in her future. And that's when she started to get close to Cal, who incidentally appears in her Top Ten list of suitors on The Calling.
Then we read about Ariana having dreams about a boy called Zane. Who is Zane? We find out more about him when Part 2 of the book is written from his perspective.
All in all this is a well-written book and I look forward to the 2nd and 3rd books!
(I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I have not been compensated for my review and receiving a free copy of the book has in no way influenced my opinion. This review is my genuine review having read this book. This review was also posted to my personal blog.)
Ariana is now a citizen of Novo, where only the fittest humans were transported after the near-destruction of planet Earth. From very early on, we are introduced to Zane through Ari's dreams - but she has no idea who he is, or why she can see him in her sleep. We don't discover Zane's identity until much further through the book.
A matchmaking system is set up for all eligible young people, taking the name of "The Calling." Ari realises her feelings for the popular Cal Remus, and is luckily given the opportunity to be matched with him. The whole deal with "The Calling" reminds me very much of books such as The Selection and Matched.
Things seem to be going pretty well (despite the fact that Ariana is appalled at the way the government is choosing who can love who) until Ariana's father disappears and leaves behind some vital information. Suddenly, Ari isn't sure whether Cal can really be trusted, and Zane is beginning to contact her directly through her mind.
A small section of this book takes place back on Earth, told from Zane's perspective. He's working for an underground resistance movement, and is still infatuated with Ariana. He gets training to try and help him communicate with her, and Ariana's father has bestowed a dying wish upon him; to keep Ari away from Cal.
Things get pretty complicated, and the love triangle is both predictable and not at the same time. Ari doesn't remember how much she loved Zane, but can sense that there was some emotion there. Cal's father is clearly opposed to his son being associated with Ariana, and is also a despicable man in himself. There are even hints as to Cal being untrustworthy, which was something I didn't actually expect.
It's kind of a typical dystopian YA novel, but it does have some good twists. My main problem was with the lack of time-keeping; I couldn't tell whether things happened over a course of a few days or multiple months. Even if the time-frame was specified in some places, it still didn't feel like it passed in the intended way.
Another thing is that the characters spoke in a rather unnatural language. Extravagant words were unnecessarily used, coupled with overly-simple phrases. It just sounded wrong.
It took me a long time to read a relatively short book, which is always a bad sign. It wasn't painfully hard to read, but I wasn't really begging to read on either. That being said, I read a little into the first chapter of the sequel, Beyond Reach, which is included at the end of this ebook, and I am rather curious as to what's going on. Still, I don't know if I'm willing to spend any money on it.
So this wasn't a great book, but it wasn't bad. Some parts felt as though the author was trying a bit too hard to make the book seem more professional, which always irritates me. I think 2.5 stars is an appropriate rating for this.
It's an interesting plot for me and I am now enjoying her sequels.
The heroine is Ariana Skyee, a 17 year old military cadet who lives on a artificial planet called Novo. The inhabitants chosen to live on Novo are the "best" Earth had, all smart,healthy and fit. The government control Novo and its occupants in a North Korea like manner. At 17 all adolescent must partake in the calling (think the hunger games meets blind date), after which your supposed to marry and produce children with your chosen candidate.
Love quickly blossoms for Ariana when she finally relents and befriends Cal Remus, also a military cadet and the pair must fight to stay together. All the while Ariana is plagued with dreams of Zane,who appears to live on earth, but Ariana is clueless as to who he is or the connection they seem to share.
This story moves quickly giving away just enough, but not so much that you can guess the whole plot. This romance driven action packed book will leave you begging for more.