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The Math Lovin’ Momma Reads: Project Emergence

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 Project Emergence

Written by Jamie Zakian


Recently I was asked to read and review a new YA Science Fiction novel. This book was just released this week so what better time to tell you what I think!
Before I do that, however, why I don’t I tell you a little about the book and its author. You know peek your interest and then I’ll tell you if it’s worth your time! (Spoiler alert… it is.) 

Project Emergence

An ancient Hopi myth says people arrived on tiny silver pods that fell from the sky.

But the truth is far more terrifying.

Two-hundred fifty-eight teens are sent from a dying Earth to a terraformed Mars as part of the Emergence Program, mankind’s last hope before solar flares finish off their planet and species. Among the brave pioneers are sixteen-year-old Joey Westen and her twin brother, Jesse.

After only minutes in space, something triggers a total ship lock down.

With the help of their roommates, the Matsuda twins (notorious hackers and shady secret-keepers), Joey and Jesse stumble onto an extremist plot to sabotage the Emergence Program.

But Joey and Jesse didn’t travel to the deepest pits of space and leave their mother behind to be picked off in a high-tech tin can. They’ll lie, hack, ​and ​even kill to survive the voyage and make it to Mars.

About the Author

Jamie Zakian
Jamie Zakian is a full-time writer who consumes the written word as equally as oxygen.

Living in South Jersey with her husband and rowdy family, she enjoys farming, archery, and blazing new trails on her 4wd quad, when not writing of course. She aspires to one day write at least one novel in every genre of fiction.

 

My Thoughts on Project Emergence

I’ll just be honest, I went into my reading with pretty low expectations. I mean end-of-the-world stories seem to be a dime a dozen these days. 

Then I started reading.

I read Project Emergence in two days. (More than two sittings because I have a toddler and a full time job…) I could barely put it down. I was hooked and wanted to know more from page one. Some books start off so slow, you try to give them the benefit of the doubt because you know they have to do some back story and introduce the characters but Zakian does it with pizzazz!

Not only was the story fast paced and fun, with a few emotional moments mixed in for good measure, the characters seemed well developed to me. I’m not a literary expert by any means, but I wasn’t bored. I connected with the characters. I liked some, but not all. There was just enough back story to keep the present interesting but leave you wanting to know more about the past. 

There is a little bit of romance, but no more than you’d expect in a YA novel. Some flirting, an innocent kiss or two, and teenage angst overthinking every little action. Just the right balance. The romance doesn’t over take the story… ever.

Another plus for the story was that it kept me guessing. Just when I thought I knew what would happen next another branch of the plot popped up and knocked me back into uncertainty. 

Now, I’m a nerd. I love science fiction and fantasy but this story didn’t have too much of either. Obviously due to the space travel and science-y stuff it fits into the science fiction category but I think any lover of good fiction would enjoy this, even if sci-fi isn’t their thing.


Don’t stop yet! There’s a surprise if you keep reading!


If you want to hear more reviews for the book or check out some excerpts be sure to hop over to the other blogs in the book tour. Be sure to check the date, they’re not all published yet!

Project Emergence Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

3/13/2017- Reading for the Stars and Moon– Guest Post
3/13/2017- Kaelan Rhywiol– Review

3/14/2017- Month9Books– Excerpt
3/14/2017- YA and Wine– Interview

3/15/2017- Kaitlin Gillespie– Review
3/15/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Interview

3/16/2017- The Math Lovin’ Momma– Review
3/16/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt

3/17/2017- Fix Gal– Review
3/17/2017- Book Review Becca– Spotlight



Week 2:

3/20/2017- Jennifer Eaton– Guest Post
3/20/2017- So Few Books– Interview

3/21/2017- Never Too Many To Read– Review
3/21/2017- Rockin’ Book Reviews– Excerpt

3/22/2017- Omg Books and More Books– Review
3/22/2017- Wishful Endings– Guest Post

3/23/2017- Hall Ways Blog Excerpt


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Numbers Game Book Review

Numbers Game

Story Synopsis:

Treena (Ametrine) is nervous for Rating Day. A single number will brand her forever—a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. Her top-Rated boyfriend is confident their scores will coincide so they can attend the academy together. But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone.

To get her life and boyfriend back, she must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and beautiful brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart.

My Thoughts:

From the minute I started reading I was hooked. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Treena and her friends, especially after the unexpected turn of event in the Rating ceremony. The characters all have their ups and downs and there were moments when I wasn’t sure I wanted to finish, but I’m glad I did.

The story line is somewhat predictable – but I think you’d be hard pressed to find me a YA novel that isn’t, at least a little bit, predictable.

The futuristic world where Numbers Game takes place is similar to many Dystopian novels – a war has decimated the population and the new government has taken over by rating people and assigning their jobs according to their rank. The attitude of the book is similar to The Hunger Games and Divergent series but the actual story lines are very different. In this world, the number you are given is everything. Ametrine, or Treena, our main character and heroine, gets a very unexpected Rating that  brings with it adventure as well as romance.

While I enjoyed following the various characters on their adventures, I did find it a bit difficult to keep track of the character stories with the voice of the narrator changing frequently.

Overall I would say this is a good read for the young adult crew, but older teens and adults probably won’t be as drawn to the story.

Numbers Game (Numbers Game Saga Book 1)

Disclaimer: I received this item for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I only review items that I would be interested in purchasing for myself or my family. Post may contain affiliate links.

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