Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Alternity (ARC)by Mari Mancusi

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Imagine waking up in a post-apocalyptic, nightmare world--and being told your whole life is but a dream. Skye Brown thought she was your typical teen--good grades, hot boyfriend, and an afterschool job that pays her to play videogames. But then she started having the dreams.

In her dreams, there is no Earth. Only Terra, a bleak, underground wasteland where people live in squalor and oppression. In her dreams, there is no Skye--only Mariah, a rebel leader fighting against a vile, dystopian regime. And then there's Dawn, a handsome, but haunted solider who sees her as but an empty shell of the girl he once love--a betrayer he vows to hate forever, despite what she sees deep in his eyes.

Now, ripped between Dark Siders and club kids, the mundane and the mystic, Skye finds herself in a fight against time--to learn who she really is, where she belongs..and why. The shocking truth will have her questioning her own reality...and her heart.

Alternity by Mari Mancusi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Alternity(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC, and Netgalley.)
18-year-old Skye Brown goes to college in New York, and beta tests new video games for an all-female games company. She thinks that her worst problem at the moment is the strange nightmares that she’s been having where she is chased through underground tunnels by strange men who want to capture her and inject her with weird green fluid, she’s wrong.

Things are about to get a whole lot stranger for Skye as she finds herself in a strange underground place, and she’s pretty sure she’s not dreaming now. The only thing she knows is to find Dawn, and stay away from Duske, something that her personal trainer told her, and she has no idea how to do either of those things. Add to that the fact that people here seem to think that her name is Mariah, that she’s a traitor, and that she’s addicted to ‘moongazing’ drugs (which they seem to think her asthma inhaler contains), and she’s in a whole heap of trouble!
Who is she really? Is she Skye, or is she Mariah? Did she really end up on earth and brainwashed by Duske, or is it just a case of mistaken identity? Are the drugs in her asthma inhaler really these ‘moongazing’ drugs? And why do people keep telling her to ‘not look into the moon’?

This was an interesting story, with a whole other world (Terra) built on the edge of our reality. I felt about as confused as Skye at times, and could totally understand how she’d have a hard time being suddenly thrust into this whole other world and hailed as some kind of hero/traitor. I think she actually did pretty well to cope as well as she did, but she was also pretty clueless most of the time, and totally not the kick-ass heroine I was expecting.

I was in two minds over the people Skye met in Terra, and who she should and shouldn’t trust. I thought that Dawn was a little unfair on her when she had absolutely no memory of her life as ‘Mariah’, whilst Duske just seemed to use her lack of knowledge to his advantage and continued to try and use her.

I liked the technology that they had in Terra with flying motorbikes, and I liked the way there was both a reason and consequence for living underground. I also liked how they called the escape routes ‘rabbit holes’, and Skye’s metaphor of ‘feeling like Alice in Wonderland’.

I’m afraid I thought the twist at the end a bit far-fetched, and unbelievable, it kind-of cheapened the whole story, and I didn’t like it. It really wasn’t the twist that I would have picked, and it really spoilt the ending for me.
Overall; an interesting idea but it lacked excitement, and I didn’t like the ending.
6 out of 10.


  1. Too bad the twist spoiled it, the book sounds good.

  2. It really is too bad when writers try to "wow" with shocking plot twists and just end up doing the opposite. :(

  3. This concept sounds so interesting -- thanks for linking up your review :)