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(Antius Ascending Series #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  617 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Chemical warfare has obliterated most of the world, including America, and the survivors have turned into feral beasts, save one colony, Antius, the last remnant of civilization. Seventeen-year-old Cori (aka Citizen 1206) only longs for wide open spaces and freedom. But Antius has no use for such things, just mindless drones to serve in a place with walls, fences, and laws ...more
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published October 27th 2012
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Leanne Maala
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sovereign opens up right in the middle of the action and keeps the pace balanced throughout, but it still somehow managed to constantly take me by surprise.

The world-building was cruel and dark, but so horrifyingly real. Antius is not a place I would like to live in. Adults are drugged into submission and women are penetrated by high-ranked officials and are forced to bear children out of duty. The colony was strict before Nathan succeeded his father, but it's even more ruthless ever since. Cori
Dec 26, 2015 added it
In this first book of the Antius Ascending series, Cori is a fish out of water in post-apocalyptic America. She's an orphan who was brought to the colony of Antius at age seven. No matter how she tries over the next ten years, she doesn't fit in. All she can think about is escaping. But the security to keep the wild things out, keeps her prisoner. So she plans and plots and sneaks out at night with various escape plans, but as bad as it seems, it gets worse when the colony leader dies and his cr ...more
My original Sovereign audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Cori will always be an outsider.  She thinks and acts differently.  She is not originally from Antius.  Brought in after her father was killed by "savages" and raised by a benevolent leader.  This leader suddenly passes and Cori's world is turned upside down.  She is forced into the military a year before she was supposed to be and pushed almost beyond her limits.  She has to escape, she must escape, she wi
Cheer Papworth
4.5 STARS! Sovereign is set in a time typical Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic books ignore. No, it's not set in the moment right after a huge apocalyptic world catastrophe or hundreds of years after such an event. Instead, Sovereign follows a rebellious teenage girl, Cori, who is a citizen of Antius, a bunkered up civilization teeming with devious technological terrors and a brutally sick leader, Nathan. Cori, an orphan of Antius, has immunity to the mind controlling techniques and substances used t ...more
Kelli Wilson
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was so intense all the way through. It's pretty messed up and the main character has to live through some horrible things. I wish I could give it 5 stars, but unfortunately the ending, how some major plot points were concluded was done way too quickly and I felt very underwhelmed and disappointed. Especially after making my way through the hardcore journey of the first 90%, and then "no boom", like the finale firework that fizzled out and never goes off. I've already read the second book. I ...more
Maria Hooley
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sovereign is a novel that deals with a question that most young adults grapple with--who am I. Clearly, Cori's question is a little more complicated as she exists in a world she's clearly not from and one that she doesn't easily fit into. She's tougher than a lot of heroines, which only makes the love story in Sovereign that much better. I had a definite soft spot for Dylan, and I think most readers will share in that.

I enjoyed getting lost in Arroyo's world and found myself struggling right the
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hold Your Breath

E.R. Arroyo details an epic story about a girl named Cori who needs no one. As she plans to escape the encampment she has lived in for ten years since her father's death, she realizes no one deserves to be alone. Non-stop action, including detailed fight scenes maybe this an exhilarating adventure. I can't wait to read the next book!
Jessica Stahl
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, I couldn't put it down!! I can't wait for the next!! ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a great book!

Lets just say, this book was action packed, full of angst, just all around a really great read. Now on to the next.
Sara O'Connor
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.75 Stars
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I have to say I am impressed. This awesome book teetered on the precipice of perfect. The author (Arroyo) brought her A game to the big boy field and almost knocked it out of the park…almost…but this is her first and I say “well done”. I try not to compare books to other works unless they are complete rip-offs. When that happens, I consider chucking the the
J.A. Ironside
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. An enjoyable YA dystopian read and definitely value for money since it's free. It handles the usual tropes and trials of the sub genre with energy though not from an especially new angle. It took me ages to get into because I found the first chapter off putting. It seemed jumbled and incoherent and tbh at that point I didn't care about Cori. Once I got past the first few chapters I got sucked in a read it in 24hrs.

As another reviewer has noted, Cori is a bit inconsistent. She pendulu
This book is definitely beyond your average free ebook. It was compelling to a certain extent, and even though it seemed a little bit lost in the middle, developed towards a satisfying circularity at the end. It presents good values: freedom versus trust and the importance of fighting for justice. This being said, this is more than what anyone hopes for in an easy read. However, some details sort of bothered me throughout:

I did not really like or care for any of the characters. Cori seems to m
Marie-Claude aka MC
This book has to be one the best free books I have read. If you enjoy dystopia, go download it now. It wasn't perfect, but I'm not even going to go into what I feel could be improved, because it'd be nitpicking. So let's jump into the good stuff already!!

Forget love stories and love triangles. For once a YA book that is stepping outside of what's expected! OK there might be a little bit if love in there... But it didn't take over the story. It wasn't forced. And it was realistic!! It blossomed
Chris Bostic
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Arroyo has written a stellar dystopian adventure novel with robust romantic underpinnings. The adventure plotline holds up really well from start to finish. The book is quickly paced and made for an exciting read. There were few breaks in the action, making it that much harder to put the book down.

The book is a solid 4.5 stars. While it is impressively written, there are a few bothersome little things...of course. That's to be expected in pretty much any book. Overall, it would be much easier to
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-favorites
I just had a WTF? Moment, Yeah I have had this book for 9 months on my kindle and I actually forgot about it until yesterday. So I started reading this book and I loved it, it just pulled me in, the characters were great, the writing was good, the world building was well done.

Cori lives in Antius this is supposed to be the last colony with people in it. She has a free spirit and dreams of fleeing the camp. One day she escapes with her best friend Dylan and finds out sadistic leader Nathan lied a
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to agree with all the other reviewers who said this book was the best free eBook so far that I have read. It was engaging and consistently action packed. I saw one review the reader had a hard time getting into the book, I feel quite opposite and it had me sucked in the first few chapters.

The main character Cori is similar to those out of other novels but still different. She was raised by her father to be strong and think on her feet, yet she is special to Antius for reasons your will r
Thanks to Gliterary Girl Media for giving me a chance to participate in this tour.
I can't say enough good things about Sovereign! E.R. Arroyo did an amazing job with this book. I normally only read at night before bed. Since I had started this book, I was looking for reasons to go inside and read or couldn't wait for bedtime. The book and characters in particular, stayed on my mind all day. This being post apocalyptic, I normally have trouble with world building. Sovereign changed all that. I ac
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I actually really enjoyed the last two thirds of this book and if it wasn't for the beginning, I think I would have given it a full 5 stars. I had a hard time getting into it at first. I liked Cori and saw her as not just a girl trying to break rules, but as a real fighter. I think it just took too long to go through all of her training and building the story to get to the action. Once I got through the beginning, everything really picked up and I got a lot more engaged in the story.

I really li
Amy Bartelloni
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love the way this book unfolds slowly, and leaves you asking questions until the end. By that time, you're attached to the characters, especially Cori. She's a great main character. I love the little details about her personality that make you feel for her, and especially the fact that she's fierce! The descriptions of the place they live are chilling, as is the leader of the colony. There are just enough unanswered questions to get you excited about the next book. ...more
Heather Vern
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This story follows Cori though her chapter in life behind the walls of Antius, her every thought is to get out from behind those walls and be free. Relationships are reconnected, some new, some severed for good, some are pushed to the limit. Secrets that Cori did not want to know anything about are surfaced. Lies that she was always told, are not true.
I loved the adventure and twists in the book. It was a great read. .
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! That was really intense and I was on edge. The story is great. I don't have words but I loved it. Whoever loves Dystopian genre will definitely love this. It's a must read.
Oh! I hate Nathan. I thought as I've read Transgression first, that he may change. I was wrong.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Completely engaging story from the beginning to the end. Lots of action. Well-rounded characters. And characters I want more of in the next installment. Must start the second book soon because I NEED to know what happens!
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book twelve of my second summer of free amazon books. (2.12)
I really enjoyed this book. It’s exciting and has just enough violence and grit to be interesting, without becoming dark, and the worldbuilding is pretty good.
It’s very typical of the YA Dystopian genre, what with the female hero with almost magical abilities, a set of love triangles, and totalitarian suppression of the population. It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s my jam.
If it’s yours too, you should read it.
It’s a nice summer
Concetta Phillipps
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This was interesting. A little too yo-yo between a smart, kickass female main character and a damsel-in-distress female main character. An interesting world, a good villain. Enjoyable read. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

This is a interesting story. Fast read and characters are relatable. Looking forward to reading more from this author. Recommended
Deborah Swaim
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down!

Great read! Fast pace! Great story line! This one I will read again! Would recommend to anyone who likes dystopian reads.
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Boy Where to start.I will try not to give too much away. First I would like to say "I think it is unfair to compare this book to TV shows and other books.It is not a copy or lazy writing." Soverien may have a vibe of something you have seen on TV or books you have read. E.R.Arroy made this story her own original piece of work.When you talk of "Chemical Warfare" or "A post-apocalyptic world", there is going to be a few similarities.I thought the twist and turns were interesting and original.
It St
R.L. Blalock
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I will start off by stating I received a free audible download of this book as a read for review.

I was a little skeptical about this book when I started. It's of the YA genre and, for the most part, is not my thing anymore. However, it didn't take me long to get hooked.

I found Sovereign to lack the whiny main character that usually turns me off from the genre. In fact, I loved Cori! She was distant and cold, but daring, rebellious and sassy. She's a fighter in a world that demands conformity and
Sovereign was better than I really thought it was going to be. To be honest I didn’t think I was going to like all that much and I am happy to say I really did enjoy to book and it was surprisingly a great read it. The story already starts off real intense in the beginning. It suck you from the start and then the next thing you know the book is over. I was hooked and wanted more.

With Sovereign there is a lot of mystery that you read. Like what is Cori really? What is the world really like? and m
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time getting into this book, but after a while I did really get into it.

Cori and Dylan are 17 year old friends who live in a fenced compound. Chemical and biological warfare have killed most of the population, and muted what is left into Savages. The only ones who escaped that fate are those few who made it into bunkers. Cori wasn't born into the compound - she lived with her father, on the run from the Savages. When she was 7, her father was killed and men from the compound found h
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E.R. Arroyo is the author of YA dystopian series, Antius Ascending, and co-founder/owner of Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans, a Facebook community, blog, and company that champions dystopian, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic fiction. E.R. is passionate about books, music, and her family, and she loves to talk shop with other authors and with her readers.

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