Author: Alicia Wright Brewster
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
Publication Date: April 25th 2013
Source: Ebook copy provided by author via Goodreads.com group We <3 YA Books
The countdown clock reads ten days until the end of the world. The citizens are organized. Everyone’s been notified and assigned a duty. The problem is . . . no one knows for sure how it will end.
Energy-hungry Mages are the most likely culprit. They travel toward a single location from every corner of the continent. Fueled by the two suns, each Mage holds the power of an element: air, earth, fire, metal, water, or ether. They harness their powers to draw energy from the most readily available resource: humans.
Ashara has been assigned to the Ethereal task force, made up of human ether manipulators and directed by Loken, a young man with whom she has a complicated past. Loken and Ashara bond over a common goal: to stop the Mages from occupying their home and gaining more energy than they can contain. But soon, they begin to suspect that the future of the world may depend on Ashara’s death.
Ashara has been assigned to the Ethereal task force before the world ends, in the fifth timeline since all was originally “destroyed”. The council and elders are trying to find a way to stop that from occurring by training various people that can manipulate elements. Ashara didn’t have anything special like that, or so she thought. In this new timeline, she discovers her powers, among the danger she is to everyone around her. Also, that her mentor is her ex and that they have to kill the things that might be responsible for the end before the ending of everything as they know it comes, in ten days, again.
What really got me hooked up with this book was the sci-fi aspects it has with time-travel, supernatural powers, and that they aren’t on the Earth we know as home but another planet called Earth-2.
We see how the author here uses the common natural elements as water, air, earth and fire. Though, what I really liked was that she didn’t plain call them water bender, blah blah bender here and bender there. She used a different names and I think that demonstrates how the author is in control of what she writes, not simply web searching and thinking “oh this is called like that so lets leave it with the same name.” Here they are called Breathers (for air), Flooders (for water), Bender (for metal, which is cool too), Burner (fire), Mover (earth) and Ethereal (ether), plus there are Seers. They are names that you can easily relate to their ability without making it hard for the reader with weird names that you can’t even try to pronounce in your head.
Anyhow, the characters were fantastic! I have read a few other reviews where they don’t like the way Ashara – or Asha for short – is. But let’s face it. She’s so young, never having faced something as what she does in the book. She saw her brother die, she’s dangerous for everyone and has to kill some horrible beings called Mages, that killed her brother, and to top it off, the world is ending in ten days, and her mentor is her ex that put work first before her. Hey no pressure. Obviously she’s going to behave like a kid some times. And I liked it because anyone in their right piece of mind would react the same way. She some times gave some thought to her future actions, but in others she went head on and lets see what happens. There’s so many things going on, without time, that for me that’s understandable. I also could connect to the character for most of the book, understand her and know her motives more than what the author let when I was currently reading. Thumbs up for a great character! 😀
The sci-fi of the elements and the world ending was like something I had never read before. It was amazing the creativity of the author with this, how everything connected and wow! It had me wondering how it would be like to live in those moments of the story.
Its an easy and satisfying read, with it including supernatural, science, romance, humor and action!
My heart was thumping faster when I was nearing the end with all the count down for the last day before they all died as they had foreseen. The anxiousness of the characters poured from the pages and made me anxious to know if they died or not and all the pieces to fall together.
The end, oh God, it had me really thinking about the possibility of a sequel. Or maybe not. Overall, it was an awesome thing to read.
Rating: 4.5 stars
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