I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My only complaint is that life kept getting in the way of my reading. I was intrigued when the prologue began in 500 BC and from that moment on I was hooked. As we fast forward to present day we find ourselves on a perilous plane ride with five close friends all terrified and confused. They awaken in a hidden valley inhabited by the most amazing individuals they have ever met. Hidden from civilization for centuries, the villagers live a quiet life in tune with nature. The village Elders display an incredible insight into the human mind and all its potential. Life in the village seems perfect but things are about to change. Our five teenagers will begin an incredible adventure that will change them forever
I was so impressed to discover that the writer of this incredible novel was just a teenager. The writing style is superb and her narrative prowess is extraordinary. The five main characters are described in such detail that I could close my eyes and see them in front of me. The attention to detail when describing the valley and the inhabitants is awe inspiring.
There are some real lessons to be learned as we come face to face with modern day progress and the impact and devastation it can cause if not closely monitored. We begin to explore the depths of the human spirit when faced with adversity and greed and we watch as our five youths learn about themselves and the inherent powers of the mind.
If you enjoy adventure and sci-fi then I highly recommend this book. I do caution that some of the action content is very descriptive and intense and would best be suited to readers aged 12 and older and will appeal to teens and adults alike.
I applaud this young author’s debut novel and I will be following her very closely in anticipation of her next creation.
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What a page-turner! I saw the book trailer on youtube. It got my attention so I thought I'd give it a go. I was totally blown away by the plot, the characters and the setting. This young author is one to watch. I found myself looking out for the five teenage protagonists from the moment they took the tentative steps at the beginning of their life-changing adventure right up to the relentless action in the climax. Their camaraderie and banters contrasts well with the growing up they were forced into as the story progressed. The Elders are magnificent, and the malevolent figure in the shadows all add up to a great cast. Overall a great read! Can't wait for Book Two.