I received this book at no cost from the publisherISAN by Mary Ting
Published by Vesuvian Books on June 15, 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Series: International Sensory Assassin Network (Book 1)
Paperback: 331 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (May 1, 2018)
Praise for ISAN Series“Addictive and impossible to put it down!” —Addison Moore, New York Times Bestselling Author
“Captivating from the very beginning, this sci-fi novel explores issues of autonomy and survival in a world where there are few remaining citizens after meteors crashed into Earth … this thrilling dystopian drama has a splash of romance and tons of action. The fast-paced chapters will engage reluctant readers and fans of postapocalyptic scenarios.” —School Library Journal
“ISAN will leave readers breathless with anticipation as they race through each exciting page.” —Tiffany King, USA Today Bestselling Author
2019 WINNER BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARDS IN SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
2018 WINNER AMERICAN FICTION AWARDS IN SCIENCE FICTION: POST-APOCALYPTIC
2018 WINNER INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS IN SCIENCE FICTION
2018 WINNER READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS IN YOUNG ADULT ACTION
The world has changed.Scientists warned it would happen.
Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.
Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.
While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.
Mary Ting does an amazing job bringing to life what could happen to Earth in the future and is very believable. The Earth is bombarded by meteorites and because the United States is destroyed, the area is carved up into quadrants of East, West, North, and South and a government is newly established to control those areas. Ava had lost her mother and ends up in foster care where she is forced to run away from a horrible father figure. When she ends up in juvenile detention, she is given a chance for a new life if she becomes a medical experiment.
The world is quickly established and very believable – you can just imagine the US carved up and groups like ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network) existing and experimenting on teens. As Ava begins to realize that all is not what it seems, she becomes stronger and shows leadership qualities that she never knew she had. I am still figuring out her relationship between the two male leads and hope that clarifies in the next installment. There is Rhett who makes her heart race but then Mitch is to die for. Not sure but I got a weird feeling about Mitch and something about him irked me.
Ava is her own person which did my heart a world of good. Anyone who enjoyed the Hunger Games, Shatter Me or Divergent will love this one. Perfectly balanced descriptions and snappy dialogue kept everything going for me. The first part of the book took me a while to get on board but the rest of it made up for it.
Mary Ting is an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise.
Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.
Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.
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