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The Destiny of One (The Destiny Trilogy #1)

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Destiny – it's a word that plagues Maria Morris. What does God want her to do with her life? Should she go to college or does God have other plans for her? When her parents go missing during a business trip, Maria embarks on a quest that will change her life forever. Trying to fight against an overbearing Milky Way Government, Maria travels to earth in search of a lost pri ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published May 13th 2011 by Lulu Publishing (first published April 9th 2011)
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How in the galaxy do I review this book?!?!?! I loved it extremely! All I can say is that when I started it I was not expecting to love it this much. I have never really enjoyed sci-fi, but wow, this book is amazing and I hope that the rest of the series is this good.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed many of Sarah Holman's books for a few years now, but FINALLY I have decided to read her very first book, The Destiny of One. So glad to have this one under my belt now! And I might add that I greatly enjoyed reading it.

19-year-old Maria Morris lives on Mars with her parents and siblings in a futuristic Space Age. A new law is being passed: all Christians will be marked to separate them from the rest of the galaxy's population. Maria is a girl who's just trying to figure out what
Kate Willis
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
I was excited to read this book! The medieval/space age setting was right up my alley, and I hope to explore it more later in the series. Maria was a really cool character, and her family was really sweet (except Daniel, who got on my nerves :P). The spiritual themes were very good, and I underlined some of the advice her Dad gave her. I didn't like the circumstances they met under, but Quint ended up being a fun and complicated character. The story started off slowly; but it picked up halfway t ...more
Alicia Willis
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Destiny of One is a great read for those who enjoy Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Entertaining, adventurous, and clean, this book is family-friendly and contains no objectionable content. Godly principles and the lifestyle of a faithful Christian are clearly defined throughout the storyline.

Additionally, this book is a wonderful example of what a self-published book should look like. Sarah Holman did her work well. The quality of her writing was that of a traditionally published author, and it was obvious
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not a fan of Sci-Fi books but I love this series! It has Adventure and Great Christian Values. A win-win in my opinion! The best thing is that it's kid friendly. It was such a good, clean Christian read. I think both girls and boys would love it. There is a bit of Romance but it doesn't really come in until book three (not yet available) and it is kept at a "G" rating.

My only problem was just the quality of writing. I know the author is capable of more. I had a hard time getting into it at f
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As this book is not my usual genre it took just a bit to get into, but this was no fault of the author's. As soon as I started getting more into the depth of the plot, I was gripped!

I loved the depth of Sarah's plot, and I enjoyed the characters - they were real. Several little editing glitches did not take away from the story, and I finished the last page excited to buy my copies of books 2 & 3 (The Destiny of a Few, The Destiny of a Galaxy).

Another thing I loved about the book was Sarah's
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
I’ve had this series waiting on my Kindle for a while, and now that I’ve read the first one, I don’t know what took me so long to start it! Generally I don’t read a lot of sci-fi type books, but this was excellent! Maria was a great and very real character, and it was all written extremely well. And goodness did I love the message of waiting and trusting God for His plan in our lives – that was just fantastic. So often we’re told we need to have our lives figured out by 18 years old, which in my ...more
Amanda Leite
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am oh so very excited about this trilogy. I’ll be honest, at first I was a bit weary about the sci-fi Christian fantasy bit. but after the first chapter I really got into it. I’m definitely not usually one to get into sci-fi as often, but this time I’m so glad I did. I wasn’t sure how well Sarah would be able to combine Christianity and the futuristic side, but she was absolutely able to!!!

Things I Loved:
Finally!!! Finally! Finally!!!! A full length book from one of my favorite authors!!! I sp
Erika Mathews
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Normally I don't read Sci-fi. But I did enjoy the realism, cleanness, and strong Christian themes of this book. The plot seemed a bit simplistic/predictable, but the issues and themes were very realistic and relatable. I feel like I could have gotten to know some of the characters a bit more (Maria's siblings were hard to keep straight at first, for instance) - but I look forward to further character development in Book 2. I also look forward to what the villains are going to do with Maria - wha ...more
The Destiny of One is the story of Maria Morris who is trying to find out what in the galaxy is her destiny is. Thrown into an adventure she never expected, Maria has to learn to stand on her own two feet, to stand up for her beliefs, and to trust God even when her life is at stake.

This is still one of my favorite series. Having grown up hearing about Maria, Quint, their house on Mars, light sabers, I feel like these book are almost a part of me, and there awesome. Despite any flaws in this boo
Claire Banschbach
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was a fun read! Maybe a little simplistic and Star Wars-y at times. But it had a good message with "what do I do with my life/what does God have planned?" I enjoyed the characters and the plot of trying to find a long lost heir. I enjoy Ms. Holman's books and am looking forward to continuing the series. Especially since I'd like to find out more about Quint. :P

Recommended for anyone who likes sci-fi and stories with a Christian theme.
Kendra Ardnek
I stumbled upon this author from one of the other authors who she had interviewed on her Homeschooled Authors blog (Molly Evangeline, I believe), and her first book sounded good, and since it was only 99 cents, I bought it.

It took me a while to get into, unfortunately, but once I connected with Maria, figured out what was going on, I was hooked.

The Destiny of One takes place a few hundred years in the future. People have developed advanced space travel, and have figured out how to live on planet
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
Quite an interesting story-line. It has adventure, but is also realistic-- the main character is a non-assuming young Christian girl living at home with her family on Mars (the genre is fantasy). I liked how the story played out and unfolded at a good pace.

However, I was concerned about the faith aspect of the story. It is obviously written with Christ in mind, and the main character is not ashamed about God, but when asked about her faith, she replies only that she tries to do what is "right" a
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Can I just say that this book is amazing. If you are looking for a page turning sci-fi book then you found it. Maria is just an average girl on a mission and I loved her character. While I don't want to give away any spoilers, the entire plot is really really really good. :D

The other characters in this book were awesome too. Quinn happens to be one of my favorites and I love his relationship with Maria.

I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book. You won't regret it. There are many important
Jack Baillot
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review coming soon. But for now, one word. QUINT!!

My review http://missjacklewisbaillot.blogspot....
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Sci-fi is not one of my favorite genres. It is not a genre I like. I do not like the fact that people live on Mars or any other planet. The futuristic technology is not my style. However, the story was fast-paced, and although I was quite confused as to how the plot would wrap up by the end at first, at least I realized that the story would continue. ;) What bumped this up to three stars was Quint and Quint only. I'm hoping that he'll become a Christian and that a little romance will appear on t ...more
Kelsey Bryant
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this unique story! There are encouraging thoughts and lessons about God’s will for your life, standing up for your faith, and trusting that God will take care of all uncertainties.
Even though the setting is several hundred years into the future and includes space travel and people living on other planets, it’s plausible and well thought out. (Miss Holman even drops a remark that someone in the past had discovered how to move beyond the speed of light! So that’s how we can reach
Ivy Rose
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
(Note: This is more of a series review than a review of the individual books.)

When I saw that the first book of the Destiny Trilogy was available for download on kindle for free, I figured I could give it a try.
The first book, The Destiny of One, was quite good, but it wasn’t hard to see that it was the author’s first book. There were a lot of things that could have been improved. Even so, I loved the story, and was eager to read book two, The Destiny of a Few. The writing improved 50% in b
Deborah O'Carroll
Futuristic isn't usually my thing, but for all that I enjoyed this book. I'm into old-fashioned kinds of things, and there was enough of that mixed in with the futuristic stuff that I liked it better than some.

The story was exciting and the action was rather edge-of-your-seat-ish. It hooked me and I couldn't stop reading. The quest was also intriguing.

There were two things that bothered me: one was the amount of typos (which is probably just perfectionist-me. ;)) and the other was how Maria se
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It took me a while to decide to actually buy The Destiny of One, but I don't regret doing it. It's not perfect, but I still really enjoyed it. It is obvious that Sarah got her inspiration from Star Wars, however, it didn't bother me. I liked how she was able to create a world with space travel and living on other planets that worked with a Christian worldview. There are no aliens, just people from earth who have moved to other planets, and even the plants on Corateda are from earth. I also liked ...more
Bailey Marissa
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2k16

Adventures in space with a Star Wars vibe? Count me in.

Though it takes a while to get into the action, it's worth the wait. It has action, great characters, and a cocky pilot that's funny. The villain is ACTUALLY SMART AND IS PLAYING A GAME WITH THE MC AND MAKES ME LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT BOOK. My favorite is the grandfather, though the villan is a close second.

Recommended 11+ for violence, mentions of possible tourture, and branding people.
Esther Filbrun
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-review
Just finished this this afternoon (couldn't stand the suspense any longer). Even though the first half of the book was a bit slow going, once Maria's quest set in I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend--great Christian Science Fiction book, and very clean.

(Full review will be in the works.)
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Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate and sister to six awesome siblings. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.
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The Destiny Trilogy (3 books)
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