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Elemental (Elemental Trilogy #1)

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A lost colony is reborn in this heart-pounding fantasy adventure set in the near future . . .

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...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published November 21st 2012 by Dial
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Evie
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
Aliesa
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...more
Lectus
Via http://onlectus.blogspot.com/2013/03/...

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...more
Danny
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...more
Sheryl
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
Shelly
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
Irish
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.

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Aleeeeeza
Dec 05, 2011 Aleeeeeza marked it as to-read
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.
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
Val Richards
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....more
Cass -  Words on Paper
Apr 04, 2012 Cass - Words on Paper marked it as top-wishlist
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...more
Randy
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...more
Isabelle
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
Eleanor
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...more
Courtney
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
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.
Hope Elizabeth Molinelli
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
Jonele
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...more
Debbie
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
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
Kelsey Mitchell
The Plague has destroyed much of the population, leaving Thomas and his clan to live on Roanoke Island. Every in their clan has an element (water, air, fire, or earth), well everyone except Thomas. Thomas's father tries to reassure him he's just a late bloomer, but at seventeen, Thomas isn't even sure if his father believes that. A terrible storm rages, and all the kids retreat to Skeleton Town - a place connected to Roanoke Island by a bridge, while the adults try to use their elements to tame...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Yikes - apparently there's a love triangle here. Aaaand this has officially been pushed to the back-burner.
Nathan Blow
Very good book, very easy too read and full of twists and secrets
Andrew
Personally, I think that Elemental is one of the best I've ready for a pretty long time. The idea of reviving the lost colony in this novel is good (at least it's different than most other dystopian novels) and I like the characters (in general, when the character isn't meant to be a jerk). The surprising bits weren't as revealing as other parts (some of it was even easy to predict) but otherwise it was good. In addition, the plot works well, and has a different flow than many other books. The s...more
Alyn
It's been a few days now and while I liked this book, I didn't like it enough to give it an extra star. I can't remember any of the character's names except for Rose and that might be because of all the characters thus far, she is my least favorite. Well, her and her dad but he doesn't have much of a role in this book.

This book is set in the future. There has been a plague that is carried around by rats. A few people have managed to move to a tiny island and start their own lives there. These p...more
Neil Franz
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...more
Sammy
Jun 09, 2014 Sammy added it
Elemental was a good book if I had to rate it it would be . . . A five . . . Maybe it did have some faults yeah, but the book was actually interesting. It had me intrigued by the time I got to the second chapter. Which most YA books lack. This book was not slow, at all. Which is great for everyone who enjoys fast pace books.

I don't think I had a problem with the plot that much. The only thin that bugged me was like how did these people end up on this God forsaken island?

But I guess mr. John kin...more
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Katie
I started Elemental not knowing what exactly I was going to get from it but hoping that it was as awesome as I thought it would be. While it didn't quite meet my expectations it came pretty damn close and it solidified my love of Antony John's writing.

The story is by far one of the most unique and interesting stories I have read in a while. I'm not quite sure whether to classify this one as dystopian or post-apocalyptic. I'd actually say it's a little bit of both. Thomas and his colony are all...more
Melissa
In this book we follow Thom who has always felt like a failure because he had no "element" that he could either commune with or control. Plus everyone avoids even touching him. He does his best and tries to make himself as valuable as possible to the community. The community struggles but there are questions that never get answered as these kids grow into maturity. During one storm where the kids get stranded and the community gets kidnapped they find not only their own inner strength but the be...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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