REVIEW CONTAIN SPOILERS
The Alpha Drive by Kristen Martin Format: E-book Pages: 322 Source: Netgalley Shelve at Goodreads
It’s the year 2055 and an anarchist organization has taken control with the aim to create a world-class society. Half of humankind is unknowingly living in an alternate reality called Dormance . . . and there are no plans to wake them up.
Sixteen-year-old introvert Emery Parker is one such dormant. An academic scholar who avoids ruffling feathers at all costs, Emery finds herself being transferred to a boarding school on the outskirts of Arizona. Little does she know, a family secret has the power to change the course of the future. When she’s approached with an opportunity to free the dormants, she sees no other choice but to accept, even though failure could mean having her memory wiped clean.
But when tech-savvy Torin Porter reaches out to her from the other side, Emery begins to question everything she was told about Dormance. If her family’s secret falls into the wrong hands, the world as she knows it will be faced with irreversible consequences. Now Emery must play both sides to uncover the truth about her family’s past or risk leaving mankind to live in an unconscious reality.
The Alpha Drive is was just in limbo between interesting enough and just full of flaws. Funny thing is as I read through it and pinpoint flaws I still finished it faster than I though I would.
This book has a lot of potential however, for me the author went a different way, making it more like an annoying 16-year old story sulking around having guy issues and just dipping her (the author) to her own premise.
I don’t know if me reading it was engrossing or was just hate-reading it.
As much as it has the same premise as any dystopian: (a) Corrupt government (b) A one-dimensional girl who is reluctant to put down the said government (c) utter mess of the plot and (d) a unnecessary love triangle, shockingly the plot hardly talks about it until we are almost 80% done with the book.
However, even if it was the generic put-down-the-corrupt government, at least the way it takes it was unique. Why unique because our dear main character answers if she was on-board was:
“I guess so”
(My reaction when reading the line)
Yes, it took her a little amount of time to process that info-dump on her. But atleast she is more decisive that the other heroines.
The plot was okay, it has unnecessary scenes, few plot holes and it was weirdly paced. The dialogue sometimes slip from making sense to cartoonish and childish (i.e. being quoted above)
The first part of the book, you would be (slightly) engross since you won’t know if the main character is working with the correct corrupt government. But that whole subplot, was forgotten as we painstakingly read through the POV of one 16 year old with issues you won’t care about, like her boyfriend another guy, underage drinking and another guy.
To justify that there is a love triangle/square (?) / circle (?) we are blessed to read a whole chapter where another generic character was thinking about how pretty our main character is. Gah, can we stop describing body parts with food?
The ending was kind of messy, it is as if wanting to tie loose ends before it hits to a cliff-hanger for the sequel.
Now the biggest question is would I still be interested to read the sequel? I STILL WOULD, BEC. DAMN THAT CLIFFHANGER WAS ON POINT.