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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Imagine waking up in a post-apocalyptic, nightmare world--and being told your whole life is but a dream. Skye Brown thought she was your typical teen--good grades, hot boyfriend, and an afterschool job that pays her to play videogames. But then she started having the dreams.

In her dreams, there is no Earth. Only Terra, a bleak, underground wasteland where people live in sq
Paperback, 236 pages
Published October 19th 2012 by NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC (first published July 1st 2007)
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Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Look at that cover! Isn't it gorgeous?! Yes, I'm a cover-whore, and I would have totally grabbed the book if it wasn't already offered to me.

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
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
How to I review this book without spoiling it? Overall, I basically struggled with this book until the last quarter, at which point, I was totally sucked in for a bit.

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
Mar 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Moongazer is flat and dull and a painfully blatant rip-off of The Matrix. That isn't all I could say about this novel, but it's really all I want to say. It's not even that I feel angry or particularly disappointed about it -- I simply feel so indifferent to it that I can barely muster the energy to review it properly. Still, I'll give it a shot.

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
Eric Mesa
There are a few things in this book that are a bit on the nose - for example, there's a distinct Moon theme going on with a bunch of things and the main characters are Skye and Dawn. However, the deeper you get into the book, the more these things make sense. There are similar themes are Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz that are referenced via the names of things. At first I found it slightly annoying, but eventually it just seemed like a crazy meta commentary on how there are no truly o ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story that i enjoyed reading. A must read for any and all fantasy lovers everywhere.
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Skip to the end if its too long for you.

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
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
How did we end up here?

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
Sarah Elizabeth
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC, and Netgalley.)
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.

Lauren - SERIESous Books
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 17+ sciFy readers
I'm not too sure how I feel about this book. I feel bad giving it a 2 (I would stretch to say my rating is a 2.5) but I didn't really enjoy the first half of the book.

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.

B. McMichael
For fans of dystopian novels this is a good read.

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
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-swap
The author originally wrote this story as a screenplay for a university course, and it benefits us all that she resurrected it as this novel. I sorely miss Dorchester's SHOMI imprint, and Moongazer was not only one of its launch titles, but also one of the best. The whole concept - even the name - of Moongazing, what it entails, its effects, why it exists...everything is brilliantly executed. The different societies - and how they each operate separately and together - humanise Mariah Quinn's wo ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m
I don't read much sci-fi so, to be honest, I don't know if this is a good sci-fi novel or not. There were a few things that didn't make sense, but they were small and you could usually overlook them. The plot seemed Matrix-y and generic. I didn't really like the main character Skye. She accepts things a little too readily. The story does set up a possible series in an interesting way. Overall, with the clothing and weapons that are depicted, it seems mary sue-ish at times. ...more
Chelsea Booker
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Slow beginning, fairly moronic protagonist, pretty cool plot twist that (having the writer's brain I have) I guessed pretty early on in the book, and an oh so cheese-tastic ending that made me throw up a little, to be honest. Found some plot holes, thought the very interesting world-building in the beginning simmered off towards the end, so I couldn't stay engaged. All of this = 2 stars.

Might elaborate on all of this. Might not.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2017-reread
I've read this book at least 4 times. It's been kind of a comforting title to go back to when I wanted something light/romantic to read. Never thought of it as amazing, but it caused enough eye-rolling this time to perhaps permanently remove it from my reread pile. Skye whined too much this time. The plot twist was expected, and the end felt too convenient and rushed. The cultural references in hindsight are super obvious. ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
My gosh! Have I been having an awesome run with books, or what? This was AWESOME! I couldn't put it down. The world is bleak and keeps you guessing. It was sad, funny, happy and intriguing. There's a bit of everything in this one. And Dawn. Ah. What can I say? The connection between these two characters was inspiring.

Loved it!
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I gave it 2 stars just for the idea but the writing...ugh. I found this book painful to get through.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t give this book anything but 5 stars. I read this book about ten years ago as a middle school student.

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
Michele Lynn
Enter Skye Brown a video game designer that is having some highly realistic nightmares. Due to these dreams she is running on little sleep and caffeine. Which is starting to effect not only her love life but her work performance. Soon she finds that her dreams are based on a reality she would have only thought was possible in one of the fantasy books she likes to read. Soon she is asking who am I Skye or Mariah, where is home Earth or Terra, and who can she really trust Duske or Dawn.

Over all I

Originally posted on Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

2.5 Stars

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
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: beach-reads
Might have a higher rating if considered adolescent lit.
Paranormal Romance
Plagued by vivid and startling nightmares, the heroine hasn't had a decent nights sleep for so long she thinks she's going crazy. To further this notion, she sees the man responsible for her nightmares at the club one night and the next thing she knows, she's waking up in a white room. Confused and scared, she finds herself in a laboratory of sorts with only the message of 'Don't trust Duske. Find Dawn' as her guide. There's no way this world she's in is reality but suddenly everything seems so ...more
This novel was originally published in print as Moongazer, back in 2010, which made for some confusing 10 minutes when I discovered two books with the same blurbs.

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
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(This review is also on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl).

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
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, reviewed
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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
L.j. Duett
Oct 15, 2012 rated it liked it

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
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
*I downloaded this book off Netgalley to review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for providing them.


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
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 Rating

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
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! That was an epic rollercoaster ride. The concept of this book is totally mind blowing. It starts off a little confusing but stick with it. I promise you won't be disappointed!!

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
Ashley Ferguson
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I really wish that there were more books in the YA science fiction genre that took an interesting concept and use it to turn everything upside down. Alternity does just that. While Skye thinks she's just a normal teenage girl living in New York City and working for a video game company, she comes to learn that the world is so much bigger than what she thought. People, places, and things are never what they seem, and your whole life could be a total lie.

Without giving too much away, I thought Man
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Mari Mancusi grew up where the north wind meets the sea (otherwise known as Massachusetts), but has since made her home in the great state of Texas, mostly due to her love of summer. (And tacos.) A former Emmy Award winning TV news producer, today she is the author of more than two-dozen books for kids, teens, and adults, mostly of the sci-fi/fantasy variety. In addition to writing, Mari loves tra ...more

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