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Elemental (Elemental Trilogy #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,276 Ratings  ·  305 Reviews
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 pirates kidnap the Guardians, intent on claiming the island as their own. Caught between the
Paperback, Advanced Readers Copy, 326 pages
Published November 2012 by Dial
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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
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Neil (or bleed)
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
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, action, give-me
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
Nov 01, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF at page 97. I hung on for as long as I could, but I can't go any further. I'm realizing I'm not a huge fan of stories that don't give us as much information as we need to know. What is this plague? Why are there so few of them? How long has this colony been established? And WHY do they have elements? Admittedly, I don't think even these kids know any of this stuff. I attempted to flip through and see what happens but I'm not really even interested enough to do that. So many books, so little ...more
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, read-in-2012
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
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.

read full review here
Dec 05, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sam 2/3
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a very suspenseful book and had very many details. Their elements and how they could use them were different than I had seen in other books similar to it. It is probably my second favorite book.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, sci-fi, ya
4th book for BTAT2017
Laine The Librarian
What would you do if you had the power of the wind? The power of the water? Can feel when a storm is brewing in...10 miles in the sea!! Can move rocks and find vegetables in the Earth with ease?

Yea...I would love it too!! All that power...all that respect.

But what if you were one of the unlucky ones that didn't get the power? Not an element, nor a regular? What would you do then?

Set in the future where the almost whole population of the United States is wiped out due to the plague but a few sur
Val Richards
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jimmy Grimaldi
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book embodies my favorite type of story, where the world is so different from what the reader is used to and the characters are placed in a situation where they have no idea what is going on. The storyline was engaging with a large majority of it being action. While the plot and characters were solid, I felt that they could have been more developed since so much happened during the course of the story.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idea could have been good but the author tried so hard to make the story suspenseful that he did not give enough information to make the story believable or complete. It was annoying trying to figure things out and make the story make sense.
Max Lau  • Maxxesbooktopia
More like a 3.5 ☀

It is a slow pace book but it is full of action. The first 170 pages are a little bit slow, but after you get pass those pages, the story gets interesting.. Very Interesting.

Looking forward to read the other book. Firebrand.
Jacob Carlson
great book its about ronack island
Nathan Blow
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book, very easy too read and full of twists and secrets
Laura Kreitzer
This is going in the DNF pile. After 50 pages, there should be an inciting incident, and there is none. I kept having to re-read because my mind was wandering quite a bit. So, no go for me.
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Yikes - apparently there's a love triangle here. Aaaand this has officially been pushed to the back-burner.
Brooke Banks
Source: Won,Adventures in YA & Children's Publishing.
Rating: Wobbly 3 Stars
Recommendable? Conditionally

I was all over the place with this one. There was a mix of the successful, acceptable, so-so, and lousy. Elemental felt like I would’ve, should’ve like it better, but couldn't. My hopes remain so close, yet so far.

When deciding a rating, it wobbled between 2 1/2 stars and 3. I went with the higher rating for benefit of the doubt and because I'm still hoping the next book, Firebrand will g
Hermes Aponte
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced, action-packed, and filled with tension: AMAZING!
Annabelle Marie Veronica

I really, like really really, liked this book. It was definitely something different than my usual reads. It's dystopian, but there's a fantastical element that I really liked. Though elemental magic is a fairly common aspect of today's YA literature, I really like Antony's take on it and that for me made this book so much better. It was an absolutely joy to read and I will definitely be returning to it. It was full of action with a touch of romance, and w
Ravenous Biblioworm
Rating: 3.5/5

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Concept: intriguing. Characters: okay. Pacing: good. Story details: … there were things that I had issues with in regards to this. It wasn’t bad persay but it did leave me with a “hmmmm…” thought and musings. Even now as I write this, a day later, I find myself not entirely impressed nor did I think the book was forgettable. So it just comes down to being somewhat “meh” for me though I thought the idea behind the book was interestin
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elemental was a suspenseful read and kept me up late trying to finish.


As in common practice in YA novels, this one is written in first POV. In most cases I find it unnecessary, but thought it was well suited for Elemental. There is mystery surrounding the appearance of pirates and the secrets the Guardians of the island seem to habitually distract the kids from. Seeing the story from only Thomas’ point of view helps to demonstrate that, especially when it comes to his lack of having an
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so happy to find a young adult book with a male main character. It's hard to find them in the sea of dystopian heroines these days. Thomas has grown up on the island of Hatteras where he lives with his father and brothers in a small colony. Thomas is the only one without an elemental, a power that allows the people to connect with the elements around them. They were moved to the island when a plague took over the mainland and killed most of the population. They rarely see other people. Whe ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-teens
The magic of this future world is a little vague, but certainly enjoyable. The author does a good job providing plenty of action, likable characters, and many mysteries to make you want to keep reading the series.

There is a bit of a love triangle going on among the teens. I found it a little annoying, but it was pretty innocuous and easy to ignore.

For middle and high school fantasy/sci fi fans.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would probably rate this book just short of 4 stars. It was unique, but sometimes the story lagged and the characters were irritating. Some of the foreshadowing was a little overdone as well. I did like Griffin, though, and it was nice to see the characters weren't just strong or weak, bold or shy but instead a mixture of both - like real people. The book ends with a cliffhanger.
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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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“Everyone works hard for the colony. Including [Redacted]. But all your father sees is a boy with no element. Whereas I see a carpenter and a tracker. I see someone who notices contours on the beach, channels in the sand, weakness in the cabins. Relying on our elements has made us careless - your father most of all. I'm more than just my element; and if you had one, you would be, too. Don't forget that.” 0 likes
“- And you, you ask too many questions. -

- And get too few honest answers. -”
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