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The Essence of Aptitude (The Corpus Chronicles, #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The Great Empire of Corpus thrives by the hand of a system that monitors their citizens from birth. Their inclination towards logic is calculated into a finite number that is branded onto their wrists on their ranking day at the age of sixteen, and they are separated into one of six colored categories.
Juliet and Gwendolyn Fenn spend the beginning of their lives bound back
Paperback, 236 pages
Published May 21st 2015 by AME Partners L.P
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L.S. May
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Essence of Aptitude is a dystopian story where everyone in society has a number, seemingly based on how logical they are. One of our twin protagonists is sorted as number one - the First - while the other languishes nearer the bottom. It's an intriguing world to read about.
The story is well-written with lots of action. It's fast-paced, although perhaps a little too much so at times, as it could use a little more character d
Julie Whitley
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Essence of Aptitude by Esha Bajaj

The story begins on the day when the sixteen year olds of Center Heart receive their rankings and follows two sisters through separate journeys, one of privilege and the other of danger. Juliet finds herself with a ranking of First, which comes with power and wealth. Can she handle so much bounty so quickly after a life-time of lack? Her sister, Gwendolyn also rises in rank but only by one rung. The bond of their shared childhood is strained beyond measure as
Mary Blowers
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Essence of Aptitude (The Corpus Chronicles Book 1)

The Essence of Aptitude-the Corpus Chronicles, by Esha Bajaj, is a fascinating look at an alternative dystopian society. Dangers abound, especially for those over 16, since that is when your caste is revealed, your level in society. This often means leaving your parents and family and striking out on your own, finding a job and supporting yourself, at 16 years old. Depending on the number and color that appears on your wrist, you might get a
Jodi Woody
I was given a copy of "The Essence of Aptitude" by the author, Esha Bajaj, in exchange for an honest review. Essence is set in a dystopian society where you are rated and placed according to your aptitude. Twin sisters on their sixteenth birthday are rated differently and their lives are sent in opposite directions. The writing is pretty good. There is a few editing and proof reading issues, very minor. This is the first of a series and though the book ends in a good place, you definitely will n ...more
Jillian Torassa
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a beautifully written book by a promising young author. I loved the complexity of the characters and their relationships, especially the relationship between the two sisters, who were each very interestingly and uniquely developed. It's a fast-paced, intense story that had me hooked from the beginning. I stayed up way too late while I was reading it, upset when I had to put it down because my eyes just wouldn't stay open anymore! My only complaint is that it ended so abruptly; I can't w ...more
Travis Bow
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Pretty standard dystopian fiction, complete with rival siblings, a secret rebellion, and plenty of knife-throwing.

I thought the book started out with a bang and a pretty intriguing concept (a society stratified by intelligence / ability to separate logic from emotion). Twins were sorted differently, which set up immediate tension, and the rise of one sibling from the lowest ranking to the highest made me want to keep reading to find out how this had happened and how it would change the society.
It only takes a moment for life to change.

Juliet and Gwendolyn are sisters. Sisters have their differences, but Juliet and Gwendolyn are not ordinarily different. One is the set out to be the queen of their society, the other a little better than those at the very bottom of society. As the events enfold both Juliet and Gwendolyn are forced to chose between family, duty and what is right. The choice should be clear but it is anything but deadly.

This novel is set in an alternate society where a
Clare O'Brien
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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I was excited by the premise but it felt the novel was just good, not great, not anything really different. There are so many novels about dystopian societies and oppression that it is very hard to stand out. This novel definitely had strong echoes of The Hunger Games and Divergent in its story line but did not live up to those incredibly high standards. That said, it was still an enjoyable debut novel. There is a good amount of action, intrigue
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The “little Grey girl, a child born into filth,” has no idea why she has been kidnapped and brought to this frightening place where people have no colors branded on their wrists. “The girl’s mouth... understood the gravity of speaking in the presence of one whose intellectual capacity could only be surpassed by two other living beings. Still, after tolerable trepidation, she choked out a response,” giving her name, but surely not expecting what will happen next.

Author Esha Bajaj creates a strati
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Essence of Aptitude is a very fast pacing, sci-fi dystopian novel set many interesting topics. Human value, status quo, distribution of wealth and the dangerous path of isolating individual creating barriers of discrimination between one another.

To be honest, I've read this book in one day because the plot was very interesting, not predictable and fun at times. But like all good things, it comes with some downfalls.

I feel that everything happened to fast! The reader requires time to dwell on
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book from the author herself in exchange for an honest review. The environment that Gwendolyn and Juliet Fenn grew up was definitely not hearts and flowers. The twin's time has come for the sixteen placement. They both were Grey's but then Gwendolyn was ranked one level higher, Blue, whereas Juliet was ranked to the highest level, Gold. Juliet has now become the First. Juliet takes the advice of the Fourth (although a little misinterpreted) and abandons all care of her family. Gw ...more
Romi Brenner
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Esha Bajaj uses beautifully descriptive prose throughout the novel, painting a vivid picture with her words. She has developed a complex world that is much like the caste system, and is an interesting take on finding ones place and even improving ones status within a society where the odds of rising above the circumstances of ones birth are slim and unlikely.

The characters in this book are well thought out, and the story line held my interest throughout. I was eager to continue reading, to find
Cathy McGough
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
On this rainy weekend, I spent most of my reading time with Esha Bajaj's debut novel The Essence of Aptitude. We are introduced to two sisters aged sixteen named Gwendolyn and Juliet. In this dystopian society, the girls are separated into different classes and each must learn how to survive and exist in their new environments. Both characters are well thought out and we can't help but feel empathy for them, even as we watch them grow and change due to circumstances beyond their control. Esha's ...more
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I suppose I'll start off by mentioning that I was asked by the author to read this and give it an honest review. I did truly enjoy this one. the shift in character points of view between chapters was especially cool as a lot of the chapters had a lot of parallels to them. close to the end though the switch in views was a bit off putting as it changes to more characters. I like where the story was going and setting up the sister vs sister angle as well as some of the other points of contention ma ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The writing is great and it really holds your interest. I will be looking forward to reading the next book by this author.
Nargis  Kalani
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Here is the review of this book on my blog:
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this rollercoaster of a ride. Two sisters go head to head. This was a suspenseful well-written book. I truly will be waiting for the next in this series.
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