Alive (The Generations Trilogy #1), by Scott Sigler (2015)

Science Fiction
Ages 14-18
AliveA teen girl is awakened by a stabbing pain in her shoulder. It’s too dark to see anything, but she quickly realizes her hands and legs are restrained, and she’s in a small box. A rectangular one. Like a coffin. With great effort she breaks free of the weakened bands and forces her way out, only to discover there are several more coffins in the dusty room. Each has a nameplate – hers says M. Savage. Within minutes five others are standing beside her. They soon discover they’ve a great deal in common – they can’t remember their names or who put them in the coffins. They are all dressed in private school gear, but it’s too small – they are now fully formed adults though each is convinced today is his or her 12th birthday. And every one of them has a forehead mark – a toothed circle, a circle with a cross, or, like Em’s, an empty circle. Somehow Em finds herself the leader of this hapless group of half-grown teens as they try to find their way out to food, water, and safety. Think The Maze Runner crossed with Lord of the Flies. But not as good. I blame it on Sigler’s choice of first-person narration. I grew quickly irritated with Em’s voice. She initially resists the idea of being leader but once she has the job, she soon proves she is willing to do anything to keep the role. Her creepy tendency to call her charges “my people” comes across as insincere and self-serving; she also turns on “her people” like a Rottweiler at times. Not likeable in the least. She is also too easily distracted, though that may have been a setup for future romantic tangles. I kept wishing I knew what others in the group were thinking, and then realizing I didn’t care in the least. It was an effort to finish, though the last 50 pages increased in intensity as the threats to their lives increased. A big reveal caught me by surprise, and set things up for a sequel. Which I won’t be reading. Generally appropriate for sophisticated younger readers though be warned of occasional graphic violence. My thanks to NetGalley for the advance reading copy in exchange for my honest review.
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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

One Response to Alive (The Generations Trilogy #1), by Scott Sigler (2015)

  1. Scott Sigler says:

    Hi Michelle, sorry you didn’t enjoy the book more, but I wanted to thank you for the spoiler-free review. Much appreciated.

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