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Preview — Alternity by Mari Mancusi
In her dreams, there is no Earth. Only Terra, a bleak, underground wasteland where people live in sq ...more
Its been awhile since I've read dystopian, so this was a good change of pace for me. The last dystopian book I read I was so disappointed in. This was a quick read that had me enamored from the first few pages. It didn't feel like a dystopian book since it kept going back and forth from reality to reality. Was it sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian? You didn't real ...more
The prologue was really interesting and makes you want to know what's going on. But then the first part of the book throws you into the daily life of a typical teenage college girl. It was a bit weird because even though Skype detected some odd behavior, I find it a little hard to believe that she JUST noticed them out of her 18 or ...more
I was really excited about the possibilities of this novel -- the post-apocalyptic world! The dark angst-ridden love interest! The manga-esque cover! I ...more
Alternity is about a normal girl named Skye. She studies in a course that she love, in a university that she love, doing a dream job as a beta tester for Sims Medieval/WoW game called 'RealLife : Medieval Times' and have a boyfriend who is a DJ for the hottest club called Luna. But she's plagued with horrific nightmares of someone chasing after her and calling her by a very different name and wanted her to stop "chasing the moon".
One night, she was lead to ...more
Mari has a tendency of sending me everything she writes, for which I don’t complain. I merely consume it all and am happy to have received it for we are of one mind when it comes to how writing should read. Namely, good. Our brains, they mesh. Which probably explains why I have a habit of liking Mari’s writing when I read it.
Okay, book. You've got 50 pages. Go!
I immediately started trying to work the story out the second things started to get weird. I like books that do ...more
18-year-old Skye Brown goes to college in New York, and beta tests new video games for an all-female games company. She thinks that her worst problem at the moment is the strange nightmares that she’s been having where she is chased through underground tunnels by strange men who want to capture her and inject her with weird green fluid, she’s wrong.
The whole concept of the book was what intrigued me to read it. After reading the description I was reminded of the anime .hack//sign and how similar the plots were. That should have been my first clue that I was in for a confusing and odd book because that anime still puzzles me to this very day and I've seen every episode twice.
Is she Skye or is she Mariah? Skye finds herself waking up in a weird underground city only to have no recollections of it. It turns out that everyone else remembers her, but she doesn't remember this odd world or that she is part of the revolutionaries trying to overthrow it- or is she really?
I liked that the main character's identity didn't change- she stayed true throughout holding onto that she did not have amnesia. I found it odd that she did ...more
Might elaborate on all of this. Might not. ...more
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Of course, that's assuming I am the heroine in this story. At the moment, I'm not a hundred percent on that. — Skye Brown
This is a book that can be what you want it to be more or less. At its heart, it is a post-apocalyptic novel with a romance subplot. There is a focus on self-discovery. But there are some ethical questions asked if you want to see them. What price are you willing to pay for self-preservation? For freedom? What makes someone human? The cause of the apocalypse is pretty standar...more
While I remember the broad strokes of this book, what is clear in my memory, is how my fiends and I passed around a second hand copy, giggling, until everyone had read it.
For me at least it was something of a shock. Usually I wouldn't refer to my upbringing as "sheltered," but in the area of sex and relationships... I was. This was the first book with explicit sexual material I had read ...more
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The synopsis of this book is interesting. It pulled me right in. I always think my life has to be a dream, well, a nightmare. The idea of Skye waking up and told her world was all fake, fascinated me. However, this book did not. “Alternity” has a really great plot and just a so-so execution.
Terra is a unique idea on the part of Mari Mancusi, the author. It is easy to imagine a world underground with its tunnels and upstairs, d ...more
Skye, the MC, is a normal college student. She has a roommate, friends, an annoying cousin and a sweet boyfriend. She also has terrifying, vivid nightmares, from which she wakes up scared and on the verge of having an asthma attack. I felt like the author tried too hard to make her the perfect geek. She’s in film school, she has a job ...more
When I read the synopsis of Alternity by Mari Mancusi, I knew I would probably love this book! I wasn't wrong. This book is amazing!
Skye is just your average 18 year old girl. There's nothing that different about her. She has a fantastic boyfriend, she goes to school, and she works as a video games tester. She's been having these strange nightmares about being in a weird place. They're making her lose sleep ...more
Skye Brown is an ordinary human from an ordinary college with an ordinary boyfriend. So when her ordinary life is interrupted by a not-so-ordinary nightmare, she is more than a little shaken up. But just a few puffs of her inhaler and everything's back to normal. Then those dreams become reality... that's when she starts freaking out.
Skye Brown is transferred to Terra--a post-apocalyptic underground city that hides from the surface due to nu ...more
Alright folks, lets all settle in to discuss the book cover for Alternity. Anyone else feeling a bit queasy? No? Okay maybe not queasy but how about dizzy? No? Well, needless to say it but I get dizzy looking at the optical illusion of this cover. I guess I'm just strange like that. Other than the weird feeling of having jumped off a merry-go-round, I like the cover. The katana welding female looks bad but in a good intimidating way. I think of Michael Jackson's song when I see it, well actually ...more
The best way I can describe Alternity is Metropolis meets V for Vendetta which meets something else altogether in a back alley somewhere. Unfortunately the book doesn't quite pull off the mashup of this surreal,technological,Dystopian world well. I want to start with the cons first because I feel that they outweighed the positives.
World Building- The World o ...more
Alternity is a book that, while not perfect, is greatly enjoyable. If you’re a fan of post-apocalyptic dystopias, alternate realities, rebellions, romance, and totalitarian governments all tossed together with a little humor and a lot of gaming references, Alternity will work for you.
The narrative begins in a tangle of confusion, but it’s appropriate, because that’s how Skye feels. Once you figure out what’s going on, it actually makes very clear sense. Honestly, I caught on to the tr ...more
The book begins with our heroine, Skye. She is a college student in Manhattan who works for a video game design company in her spare time. She is true techno-geek and I loved her from the start! Skye starts having nightmares about a place she's never seen and people she doesn't know who keep chasing her and people ...more
Without giving too much away, I thought Man ...more