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The Soterion Mission

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3.19  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  13 reviews
First published in 2011 as a serialised ebook by Fiction Express.

Does the Soterion hold the key to saving civilization?

In a post-apocalyptic world where no-one lives beyond their teenage years, the mysterious Roxanne arrives in Cyrus’s village, fleeing the barbaric Zeds. She claims to be on a mission that can save them all, but can she be trusted? Cyrus joins her in her q
ebook, 1st, 120 pages
Published May 6th 2011 by Fiction Express
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Lucy Powrie
You can read more of my reviews at Queen of Contemporary

I think that The Soterion Mission is a book that teens and pre-teens will gobble up. Ross has created a vivid and imaginative world that I know people will find believable and realistic.

A hundred or so years in the future, no one over the age of nineteen survives. Caused by a worldwide epidemic, by the time someone reaches the age of nineteen, they rapidly age in the space of a few weeks. This means that all knowledge before 2019 has disapp
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rating: 3.5

The Soterion Mission wasn't a bad read. I can see a lot of readers devouring this short novel, with its grittiness. And I can also see a lot of readers who wouldn't like this novel at all. It's not that there were any problems with The Soterion Mission, it's just that some parts weren't for me. And I think that's what will decide whether a person enjoys it. There's no denying The Soterion Mission is a great novel, it j
Charlotte Burns
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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Charli - To Another World
Read this review and many more at To Another World

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review/views in any way. Thank you Curious Fox!

I honestly don't want to write this review; because this is most definitely a Marmite book. I remember my friend Jack saying something about seeing people loving or hating it, and I have to say I hated it. And I really, desperately wanted to like it! I'm going to pick up on the negatives f
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Hope, life, death, knowledge, power.

I think this is one of those books you'll either love or you'll hate, and I think it will all boil down to how much you like actions scenes. Because this book is non-stop action.

I would say that this book is a little more gory than I'd usually go for, but the easy-going style kept me reading. This is a quick book to read with its short length and fast-paced action, so I was able to kind of gloss over the gore in my head. And there are some very humoro
Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
What is this book? Have I ever read anything WORSE ? I read this book for the Book Club I belong to. I wasn't expecting enormously great things, but I wasn't expecting THIS either.

The Soterion Mission depicts a world in which no one lives past the age of nineteen - before that time, in your eighteenth year, you could suddenly sicken and die. Sounds good, right? Except for the fact that I feel like I have seen this somewhere before...

OK, let's start with the characters. The flat, boring, cliché
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting idea, though can't help thinking it has similarities to so many others. The Zeds were like Zombies and the Tallins were like ordinary people escaping infection, this wasn't the story yet strongly reflected the Zombies theme. The idea of the death month is original, no one survives longer than 19 years of age. I found it an easy book to read, the adventure of finding the Soterion kept me hooked. My favourite character is definitely Taja, she is fiercely beautiful. I feel for Taja b ...more
Jorge Soriano
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had the chance to meet Stewart when I was working in London and this books really shocked me! Highly recommended! ;)
Anya (An Awful Lot of Reading)
Set a hundred years in the future, an epidemic has caused all adults to die, and everyone since to die in their nineteenth year. This promised to be a very original and thought-provoking dystopian, and while I did enjoy it, I think it could have been much better.

The story was quick to start with the drama, but it was incredibly confusing at first. I couldn't quite grasp why there were these two groups, almost religious sects or something... but now that I think about it, they do represent the tw
Ginette Doyle
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
What appeared to be an ordinary mild flu has changed the genetic code of humans so that they now live no longer than 18 years. In the last month of their life they age rapidly, and they all know when this will happen. Society has broken down and is divided into the Savage Zeds and the more peaceful Constants.
The story begins with the pursuit of a young woman by hunting dogs and savage Zeds. She manages to reach a Constant community and persuades some of them to help her on her Mission – to find
Lorna Holland
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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Mixed feelings about this book.

I loved the fast-paced plot and the storyline was great, as was the description of the world of the Constants and Zeds - I could picture it easily.

There were a few stand-out passages throughout the book that really caught my attention. One of my favourites was in chapter 9 when the Mission come across the entwined skeleton Long-Dead lovers; a beautifully written passage. I also enjoyed the slight touches of humour, such as the inclusion of the Ikea catalogue as one
Stewart Ross
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Much improved after the on-line version was skilfully edited by Curious Fox. I believe Roxanne is one of the most interesting characters I have created and I'm pleased with the way the plot hangs together. More importantly, the book examines serious issues regarding the frontier between childhood and adulthood: where does it lie and how and why does it vary between cultures and over time?
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Stewart Ross has written more than 300 titles, fiction and non-fiction, for children and adults. Many are about (or inspired by) history. He lives near Canterbury, England.

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