The Vestige by Caroline George

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Julie Stryker has spent her life in the scenic streets of Charleston, South Carolina, bicycling to the local college, working at a coffeehouse, watching her family fall apart and back together. She has plans, dreams—all of which seem out of reach. Then she meets a handsome stranger at work, and she believes her life is on the brink of a much needed change. But after a tragic accident, Julie is whisked away from the only home she’s ever known and confronted with a life-altering secret: The end of the world has already occurred and a portion of humankind has been kept oblivious.

Tossed into a hidden world of deception, Julie must confront the truth within herself and reveal the government’s layers before the end of the world becomes a permanent reality.

1st Layer: What you can see.
2nd Layer: What you know is real.
3rd Layer: What you can neither see nor know is real.

Review:

“Choose to see the unseen…”

Thrown into adventure from the beginning and attention gripped through the rest of the book, The Vestige combines real life with fiction in a way that won’t be easily forgotten.

Romance that’s clean and real, action that is graphic but not gory, and clean of any profanity, this novel is a “go-to” for teens and young adults alike. The plot line is clean in its transitions and there are enough twists and surprises to keep the reader hooked along the way.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to reading more of Caroline’s books in the future!

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The Metamorphosis of Marc Sullivan by Sean Fesko

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

According to the State, Marc Sullivan isn’t well. His panic and constant anxiety keep him from fulfilling his social potential, so he spends his afternoons in prescribed remedial courses designed to help him be more outgoing. Like he hasn’t already tried to live without feeling like throwing up all the time. Sheesh.

One day, beautiful, seemingly normal Charis joins Marc’s group. There’s something different about this girl, Marc thinks. Perhaps he could be more like her, and not what everyone thinks he should be. It will take effort, sure, but maybe – just maybe – he could do it.

Review:

In this short story about Marc, we are taken to a future that defines each person based solely on the numbers of how many Associates (friends) one has and those who are different are assumed to need “help”.

The message of this story is to encourage one to develop closer friendships and to shift our focus away from all of the numbers that today’s social media is trying to enthrall us with.

It’s best to remember when purchasing, that this is a short story, in fact, it took me about a half hour to read start to finish, but it was time well spent and I will more than likely re-read this story in the future. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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