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Elemental (Elemental Trilogy #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,927 Ratings  ·  267 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Thomas has always been an outsider. The first child born without the power of an Element—earth, water, wind or fire—he has little to offer his tiny, remote Outer Banks colony. Or so the Guardians would have him believe.

In the wake of an unforeseen storm, desperate pirates kidnap the Guardians, intent on claiming the island as their own. Caught between the
Paperback, Advanced Readers Copy, 326 pages
Published November 2012 by Dial
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Elemental had me glued to its pages from the get-go. It's a thrilling adventure that sparkles with emotionally powerful moments, stunning visuals and eye-popping plot twists. This story really has it all: a phenomenal post-apocalyptic setting, long buried secrets, ruthless villains (that you'll just love to hate!) and characters you'll be cheering for. The best part? The unique, fresh plot line that is just as mysterious and exciting as it is thought-provoking and moving. Trust me, you won't be ...more
Mar 16, 2013 Lectus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I looove Avatar: the last air bender and that is why I picked this book.

By the way, is this a series? Because I'd love for more books to come.

As you know from the summary, in this colony everybody can summon an element but Thomas. Obviously, he feels like shit because of that. On top of that, the other people would never touch him as if he doesn't deserve human contact for not having an element.

One night a storm comes and the elders and the kids (age
Neil (or bleed)
As much as I want to love this book, I just can't. It wasn't bad and I reckon others will enjoy this one but for me, I wasn't hooked by the story. I only care less about it, seriously. And the only things that I am interested were the truth about Thomas's (the main character) powers (Does he really has no elemental power or he has?) and the truth about all the lies their families fed to them which I, of course, will not state here.

The first few chapters was slow for me. It arrived to chapter 16
Apr 22, 2014 Aliesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: give-me, 2014, action
4.5 stars

I liked, nooo scratch that. I loved Elemental.

I don't know why but now I am sure I'm a science fiction addict.

ELEMENTAL. I liked scifis but I never thought I would love this book the way I loved other scifi books I've read. Though the first few pages seemed a little boring, I find it all really promising. You know when you encounter a character who's disappointed with basically everything about his life. That he knew he lacked something almost everyone had. It'll made you look forward
Mar 14, 2015 Harlee marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF at page 97. I hung on for as long as I could, but I can't go any further. I'm realizing I'm not a huge fan of stories that don't give us as much information as we need to know. What is this plague? Why are there so few of them? How long has this colony been established? And WHY do they have elements? Admittedly, I don't think even these kids know any of this stuff. I attempted to flip through and see what happens but I'm not really even interested enough to do that. So many books, so little ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Danny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012, ya
Okay, anyway Elemental is about a small society of people who all have 'elements' (hence the title). Thomas however doesn't have an element... or does he? *dun dun duuunnn* Let me just say I'm not a fan of people having 'special powers' that are so predictable like earth, water, fire and wind. The only real reason why I got the book at all was because of the pirates.

Yay! Pirates =)

Anyway, once I got around to starting Elemental it took a while to get hooked. I read the first chapter like 20 time
Nov 15, 2012 Sheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled to win an advance copy of Elemental by Antony John. I got into the story and stayed up too late reading and finished it in a day and a half. The story begins with a small colony of plague survivors and centers around a teen who feels he does not fit in as he seems to lack the "elemental powers" valued in his community. I like the character development and unfolding of the story as this teen begins to know himself and understand how he has been misinterpreting what happens around h ...more
Whitley Birks
There's not much to say about this book. It was just so utterly dull. For a book that had that amount of action, I feel like nothing happened. What we know at the end of the book isn't much more than what we know at the beginning. So many questions are brought up, and only a couple of them are answered. People keep secrets just for the sake of keeping secrets, and out of spite that other people are keeping secrets, which doesn't really make for an enjoyable read. I'm not wondering "why aren't th ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Shelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t really heard a lot about this book so when I started and finished reading it, I wasn't disappointed or overly pleased. I feel quite neutral about this book which is really strange for me. Let’s start with things I didn't like (bad news first). I didn't like the romance. At all. It was really weird to say the least. At the very beginning of the book the main character (Thomas) likes one girl who is clearly repulsed by his lack of elemental control. Then when Thomas learns that another g ...more
Usually, prior to buying a book, I always check the reviews and ratings in Goodreads. However, that was not the case when I purchased this one. I saw it one time in a bookstore, read the synopsis at the back of the book, and that got me hooked. I like anything that says “magic” and this one reeks with 4 magical elements. What else can I do? But I didn’t read it right away because I choose to read Steelheart first.

read full review here
Dec 05, 2011 Aleeeeeza marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-release
oh, cripes, another dystopian! the premise does sound cool, but i hope this one isn't just another one jumping onto the bandwagon.
Jimmy Grimaldi
Mar 17, 2015 Jimmy Grimaldi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book embodies my favorite type of story, where the world is so different from what the reader is used to and the characters are placed in a situation where they have no idea what is going on. The storyline was engaging with a large majority of it being action. While the plot and characters were solid, I felt that they could have been more developed since so much happened during the course of the story.
Val Richards
Jan 24, 2013 Val Richards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book as a whole flowed well and ended in such a way that I am looking forward to the next installment. The characters are relatable and interesting. For the YA readers, there is adventure, sadness, humor, friendship, and a little romance.

It is another dystopia story line with a creative approach. There are many secrets, some which were revealed in this story and other's I'm sure will be revealed in the future. I recommend this book to any young adult and to adults that like to read YA books.
Cass -  Words on Paper
It's really hard for me to add new dystopian books to my watchlist these days since they're coming in at an insane rate. I'm really hoping that this one is fresh and isn't just hoping to hop on the trend express.

I really do wish that authors would write stories that are true to their own writing style. Pfft. Like I said though, I have hope for this one. The elements (Avatar, anyone)? Pirates? I'm in. I just hope the "near-future" aspect has a purpose rather than it just being "IN THE FUTUUUUUURE
Michael H
I've never read a book involving elements (earth, fire, water, earth, etc.), or pirates in this case so this was a first for me. It reminded me of The Maze Runner, since the main character in both books was surrounded by a world of secrets, and slowly began to figure out the truth behind everything. There was constant action, each chapter flowing fluently into the other. The addition of pirates was a nice touch, but the detail of things like the Plague, or secrets of Skeleton Town, or the mainla ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nathan Duer Elemental

The book Elemental Is an an action packed fantasy book in which I like. The author who wrote this book is anthony john also the author of the Maze runner. I decided to read this book because I thought it had a great summary on the back of the book and I also chose it because of the cover of the book looked really cool.

Here is brief summary a 16 year old boy named thomas is different than everyone else. He was special he was the first child born without an element which is
Elemental introduces a world that uniquely mixes dystopian and paranormal elements.

Most of the population has died from a plague. Thomas, our main character, and his friends live on an outer bank island called Hatteras. When dangerous storms come, the adults (referred to as the guardians) send their children to a neighboring island, Roanoke, via canoes to take shelter. The guardians are very secretive, and the kids really don't know much about the world outside Hatteras, past or present.

Each chi
Thom is different from everyone else in his colony, and that is saying something as all the others have some sort of power connecting them to the elements. When Pirates attack the colony, and kidnap all the adults, Thom, his brother Griffin, along with a few others have to find a way not only to survive, but to rescue their parents and family members as well.

I picked this book up as it looked interesting. I like the post-apocalypse genre, plus this book is set in North Carolina's Outer Banks, an
Feb 10, 2014 Isabelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elelementals by Antony Jhon is a book about a not so disstant future. In this time the earth is ridden by terrible and uncureable disease. In a plauge ridden world one colony has been living on a dissolent little island in the middle of the sea for 18 years, ever since the plauge began. But as the island may be ordinary the people on it are anything but. Everyone on the island has an elemental power or gift. That is everyone but Thomas. All his life Thomas was regarded as weak although nobody sa ...more
Okay, so first off: this book is not Avatar. Sure, people have "elements", but they don't go further than finding roots underground or predicting wind speeds in a storm. So if you were looking for waterbending, look somewhere else.
Next point: the love triangle. Now, I am not a fan of any love triangle, but this one was especially crappy. I felt like the only reason it existed was the author twisted personalities about to get the feeling of a sort of romantic ish thing. Well, I'm not sure the ma
Nov 17, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must say, when I first saw this book, I was super excited. People who have survived a plague and have elemental powers, what else is there? And I was not disappointed.
Thomas doesn't have an element, at least, that's what everyone tells him. But everything changes when pirates attack and take over their island. Thomas and his friends must find a way to get their families back and not get captured themselves.
The whole story was a crazy thrill ride with nonstop action. I thought it was well writt
Thomas lives in an extremely small community on Hatteras Island (adjacent to historically mysterious Roanoke Island). A plague has wiped out the majority of the world's population. The few survivors now live in remote communities or on board ships. Thomas is unique in an unusual community. He is the only one who was born without a power over the elements. Everyone else has a power, some weaker than others. When a hurricane blows into the region, Thomas and the other four younger residents are se ...more
Libertad Araceli
Aug 28, 2013 Libertad Araceli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, dystopian
I don't think this book was for me. I wasn't totally captivated by the characters and the plot just didn't grab me. I think the initial idea was nice, I'm a huge fan of books, shows, movies and comics that deal with elemental abilities, but if you're looking for something along the lines of Avatar: the last airbender, the legend if Korra or Captain Planet, you may want to pass on this one.
Apr 12, 2016 Maddie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
This book is about a sixteen year old boy named Thomas and he is the first and the only person who wasn't born without an element. You can be born with wind, fire, earth, or water.

Desperate pirates kidnap the Guardians and it is up to Thomas and the gang to save the Guardians. Secrets will be discovered in this heart pounding books.

Okay, I chose this book because I really wanted to read something like "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner and it turns out that he RECOMMENDED this book. So, I decid
I just finished reading this book. I read it within three days. I have to admit the beginning did not drag me in as I wanted it to. I am fascinated with the idea of the elements and special people who are different. I had my fangirl stages of Avatar The Last Airbender, which drew me towards this book. I loved everything else. Thomas was an extraorindary charcter. I was torn between the two female lead characters, Alice and Rose, on who should have his heart in the end. I am excited to read the n ...more
May 28, 2015 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't get into this, no matter how hard I try. It just isn't interesting. 99 pages in and all I want is relief. I honestly skipped until almost the end of the book to find out what happens. Why is all the action- all of the drama and adventure that would make this book more appealing- at the end?

I don't know why. I thought I would like this book, but clearly I'm wrong. I hate to leave a book like this, but I just can't do it.


Bottom line: read at your own risk. It's more interesting
Laura Kreitzer
This is going in the DNF pile. After 50 pages, there should be an inciting incident, and there is none. I kept having to re-read because my mind was wandering quite a bit. So, no go for me.
Apr 27, 2014 Jonele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a dystopian colony of the United States where everyone is born with powers of the elements, water, wind, earth, and fire, sixteen-year-old Thomas, the first and only child born without an element seems powerless, but is he? The Guardians, each with an element power tell him he's basically worthless and he pretty much believes them, but they have been keeping much of the truth from him. As Thomas's friend Alice likes to say, everyone has a secret. Everyone.

Well written, fast paced, and solid p
Jul 23, 2014 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh...this book was alright. There were way too many story flaws for me to give it a higher rating. My "favorite" part was when the characters read a newspaper article and then starting drawing all these conclusions from it, and I was laughing so hard because I would go back and look at the article and NOWHERE in the article was there information that would allow them to draw those conclusions. It was quite comical. Also, I felt like by the time the story really started getting somewhere it was o ...more
Jennifer  Moore
Jul 09, 2014 Jennifer Moore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book greatly disappointed me. I am normally a huge fan of books and movies when characters have powers but not in this case, the idea was there but I just didn't feel that the content grabbed my attention. I read the whole book, but found I wasn't able to slip into what I call "heavy reading mode": when you tune out everything else and only think, breathe or focus on the book you are currently reading. I was just completely underwhelmed with this book. I had hoped it would be so much more t ...more
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Antony John was born in England and raised on a balanced diet of fish and chips, obscure British comedies, and ABBA's Greatest Hits. In a fit of teenage rebellion, he decided to pursue a career in classical music, culminating in a BA from Oxford University and a PhD from Duke University. Along the way, he worked as an ice cream seller on a freezing English beach, a tour guide in the Netherlands, a ...more
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Elemental Trilogy (3 books)
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