Alternity by Mari Mancusi
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 was a fun, fast read that held my interest throughout the entire book. In this book we’ve got a mystery – who is Skye, really? Is she this Mariah? I admit, I had one opinion for almost the entire book but was surprised in the end. I loved the surprise! It was a good way to tie it all together and it made Skye more real, in my opinion.
At first I went back and forth on whether or not I was buying Skye’s oblivious nature to the going-ons around her. I kept thinking <*spoiler*>she has to know deep down, she’s really Mariah. *spoiler*> But in the end, it was believable and I think Skye was well developed and completed her character arc nicely.
And I did not think that the relationship between Dawn and Skye was insta-love. Another reviewer mentioned that, I disagree. I felt it was developed at just the right pace. Most of us have experienced that heart-thumping you get when you first meet someone you’re instantly attracted too, that doesn’t make it insta-love. Skye was not at all interested in giving up her life for Dawn. Hell, she even <*spoiler*>left to go back to Earth! *spoiler*>
For all that, this book did lose me a couple times with world-building.
I struggled to accept the worlds – I could not quite pull it all together.
One minute they’re living in caves, but they have indoor bathrooms?
And stage equipment? Just a few words of extra explanation would make that part better.
And some of the escape scenes were a bit fantastical, but all in all I enjoyed it.
It’s not a deep read, but I do hope it’s a series.
I liked it and look forward to the next one.
This book is definitely better than the reviews make it out to be (Just MHO).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession –journalism — instead. Today she works as a freelance TV producer and author of books for teens and adults.
When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching cheesy horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure–videogames. A graduate of Boston University and a two time Emmy Award winner, she lives in Austin , Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon and their dog Mesquite.
You can find Mari online at www.marimancusi.com or www.bloodcovenvampires.com.