Sunday, May 6, 2018

*Review* ISAN by Mary Ting

Genre: Dystopian
Published: May 1, 2018

The world has changed.

Scientists warned it would happen.

Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.

While on a training mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

I was hired to proofread this book. The only aspects of the story that I influenced are the spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection with the book makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review.

I am a big fan of YA dystopian novels so I was pre-disposed to enjoy this book. It did not let me down. There was mystery, action, and an awesome strong female main character. It had a bit of a Divergent feel to it. 

The book did leave me with some questions, and while the answers to those questions are probably important to the series, they aren't important to this specific book, necessarily. Also, they really make me want to keep reading, which is sad for me because the other books don't exist yet. 

Overall I give ISAN 4 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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  1. Sounds like an interesting dystopian novel.

    1. I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it, especially if you tend to enjoy dystopian novels.

      Thanks for stopping by. - Katie

  2. Mary never disappoints; the character development and the story pulls you in and refuses to let go. Whatever it takes!