A refreshing take on a YA story

4 stars out of 5

Meet Mira, the young protagonist of this story.  We open to a very young version of her (10 years old), and suddenly she is 16.  This is explained within the book, but without giving much away, this book has a lot going on and Pierce does a great job explaining it all without going overboard.

The flow of the story was great, there weren’t any parts of the book I didn’t think needed to be there.  Pierce’s writing style/Mira’s point of view were really fun and unique to follow.  I haven’t read too much in the YA genre, but the way Mira is written I believe would be enjoyed by both adults and children.

This was one of those books that as a reader I thought I had pinned from the start, but boy was I wrong… numerous times.  The plot twists and turns continuously surprising me.  This book was both a “typical” YA read with elements taken from other books in the genre, but had some fun and unique parts that kept me begging for more until the end.

And the ending really got me.  I really never know how an author is going to end a novel (or not in the case of serial fiction).  I was happy with how this book was closed out.  And actually, I was happy with the character progression and story arc too.  It’s nice to find a new author who doesn’t skimp on details but also follows a good story arc.

If you are this far into my review (I know, I’m long winded) and still aren’t sure if you should pick this up or not.  Please do.  SJ Pierce writes from a fun and unique POV in the crowded YA fiction genre.




Hunger Games meets Avatar in this spellbinding new Young Adult, Science-Fiction novel by bestselling author Susan James Pierce.

Two hundred years after the Great Disaster, the day earthquakes ravaged Earth’s landscapes, humanity has finally regrouped and is working toward a better future. But in New America – one of three remaining landmasses – overpopulation makes a better future seem bleaker by the year.

Mira (Mirabella) Foster and her parents are citizens of New America, and with the threat of starvation and disease looming on the horizon, a new discovery threatens to push everyone to the brink of chaos: blue markings develop on people’s skin. Markings that allow them to camouflage their skin, but also make them feared, and eventually, targets of violence.



SJ PierceSusan James Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy, Paranormal and Sci-fi novels.

Please visit www.sjpiercebooks.blogspot.com and sign up for her mailing list or subscribe to her blog if you’d like to hear when new books come out! Coming soon:

Iris (Novella: The Captivated Series) Available now!!!

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