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The 13th Continuum

(The Continuum Trilogy #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  389 ratings  ·  113 reviews
One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the survivors take refuge in continuums designed to sustain the human race until repopulation of Earth becomes possible. Against this backdrop, a group of young friends in the underwater Thirteenth Continuum dream about life outside their totalitarian existence, an idea that has been o ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Turner Publishing (first published January 1st 2016)
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Alondra Herrera This book is definitely underrated, you should read it. I've never read a novel like this one before, and it's one of my favorite. …moreThis book is definitely underrated, you should read it. I've never read a novel like this one before, and it's one of my favorite. (less)

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Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I haven't been as surprised by how fast a book has grabbed me in quite a while. I loved the premise of it , it is not just another dystopian book, it has more substance and the characters are very well developed, the plot is believable and it grabs you from the first moment you start it . Highly recommend this book to any lovers of science fiction out there . This is one of the best YA books I have read in quite a while . ...more
Sci-Fi & Scary
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
The 13th Continuum takes the young adult dystopian in a new direction, giving us a world where some humanity at least knew that the end was coming, and did not put all their hopes in one basket. Instead they stored, for lack of a better word, groups of humans in different locations (including space) to give the human race the best chance of survival.

The contrast between the two main groups of survivors (oceans, space) is interesting. The technology displayed by those sailing the skies is imagina
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The 13th Continuum is a book I more so picked up because it looked interesting more than anthing else. I didn't know too much about it, but the idea of the book intrigued me. I liked the word continuum. And that was enough for me to sign up and keep me fingers crossed that I was chosen to be part of the tour! I'm so happy I got the chance to read and review this book because I flew through it in the space of two days, despite it being 400-something pages long.

This novel is a post-apocalyptic se
Rachel Adiyah
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: dystopian, underwater
Recommended to Rachel Adiyah by: no one
I enjoyed this novel; I liked it very much, but I didn't love it, thus I cannot give it five stars. My ability to love it was compromised at the very beginning when we ran into a christian-like theocracy running the colony, which I thought was a waste of an awesome premise. Then we run into the other continuum introduced in this book, and we have people who have somehow developed FTL spaceflight and have made emotions illegal and live in a militaristic oligarchy, which I also thought was a waste ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I won a signed copy of this novel from the author during the Fall 2016 YASH via Jennifer Brody's bonus giveaway. Thanks very much, Jennifer!

A thousand years after an apocalyptic event, humanity has saved itself from extinction by surviving in continuums specifically designed to sustain us until repopulation of the surface of the earth becomes possible. A group of citizens from the 13th Continuum, deep at the bottom of the ocean, begins to consider what life could be like out from under totalitar
T.A. Maclagan
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this first entry into the Continuum series. If you're a dystopian lover this a must read and every bit as good as The Hunger Games and Divergent. The world building is utterly compelling and unique and the characters are ones you can easily root for. The pacing never lags and I ALWAYS wanted to keep reading! The ending was fulfilling while leaving me aching for more. Bring on the sequel! ...more
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

3.5 stars

My full review can be found on my YouTube channel: The 13th Continuum by Jennifer Brody

VERDICT: 4 Young Adult stars. (I am more lenient with YA ratings, in general, since I'm not a YA).

One of the better post-apoc YA books I've read in a while, featuring 2 very different settings (sea and space), 2 good protagonists (female & male), and eventually some tense life-or-death moments.

I can't say it was 100% plausable or realistic, but as a YA post-apoc adventure tale it was a fun ride most of the time. If you don't mind YA tales with some of the usual tropes (view spoiler)
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
The story follows two individuals Myra and Aero from two different Continuums. We get to hear both views of Myra and Aero while we are reading. Myra lives below the sea in one of the Continuum's that is beginning to fail. The society down there is setup in to different ranks and jobs. We get to learn a lot about the different jobs and how you choice to become part of those jobs/portions of society. Aero is actually from a space continuum in which they are set up military style with no emotions ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
The Continuum Trilogy- Book #1...

1000 years ago, 13 Continuums were created to shelter a number of people to prevent complete extinction if a cataclysmic event called "The Doom" ever came to pass. The 13th Continuum is an underwater colony set at the bottom of the ocean. Some of their leaders over the years have conspired to implement a very strict regime in order to prevent their colony from learning about the 13th Continuums and their true purpose. In parallel, we also learn about another Con
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book, and man-oh-man did I enjoy it.

I feel like I was the first to the party (in a good way, though!). I can't wait for The 13th Continuum to hit the shelves so that I can't talk about it with other folks who've read it!

This book puts a new spin on the post-apocalyptic genre. The reader gets to experience bits and pieces of the apocalypse, but also lives with characters 1000 years after "Doom." We spend most of our time with those characters in the dista
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I cannot WAIT until part 2 of this trilogy comes out! This story just sucks you in and doesn't let go The thirteenth continuum opens in the near future as a doomsday machine prepared to go off and decimate the earth. The presidents family and other chosen set off to a safe harbor beneath the ocean as others take off for other havens. Fast forward one thousand years and some of these havens are left and are starting to structurally fail. Society has changed in these havens and a revolution of sor ...more
Deena Lipomi
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books-read
Myra lives in an underwater shelter one thousand years after the Doom destroyed Earth, but as control by the rulers becomes more strict, and secrets about their past come to the surface, Myra seeks out the beacon that may be the only way to preserve their future. CITY OF EMBER meets ATLANTIA in this post-apocalyptic, sprawling novel. A seemingly excessive use of italicized-for-emphasis words on each page is a bit distracting, but the set-up is compelling and a sequel is welcome. A solid YA for f ...more
Frances Madrid
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Non-stop excitement! This is a book for all ages with strong, well drawn characters and an engaging plot. Jennifer Brody has created a vivid, believable new world for readers to immerse themselves, following the riveting adventures of the smart, plucky heroine, Myra Jackson. A definite must-read for fans of the science fiction genre. Looking forward to continuing the adventure with book two.
Nadia Zeemeeuw
This is definitely that kind of book you become addicted with but you understand pretty well why it consider a young adult genre. Naiveness, predictable turns, carelessness with details which sometimes makes it not plausible at all. Anyway I will continue reading this series like my guilty pleasure thing.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
My actual rating is 3.5 stars.

I'll post my review later today. :)
Paula Hess
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars good YA dystopian.
Justice Asante
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
An action packed si-fi tale with romance and mystery at every corner.
I will right review when I get over my feelings about this
Jessa Franco
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Similar to The 100, but with a touch of fantasy. Excellent world building, though I wish the story had progressed further in this first of a new series. Can't wait until November for the sequel! ...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I first saw this book via an email from the publishers, and I wasn't sure whether I would enjoy it or not, then I kept hearing more and reading more about the book and it wasn't long before I felt I had to read the book.

At 44% "Can the beacon ever be found? Will Myra's father be the next one to be arrested and abandoned in the same way, to drown?"

I received a download widget from Turner Publishing to download a free ecopy from Edelweiss in exchange f
Laura (crofteereader)
Your typical YA genre-fiction, with a female character and a male character who were "chosen" to undertake a quest. With help from their friends (all of whom happen to be smarter, faster, and stronger than their adult opposition), our heroes escape to fulfill their destiny. Oh, did I mention that they share a weird semi-romantic telepathic bond?

The Villains are exaggerated stereotypes (literally spitting out "kill them all" at least once near the end), the girl hero gets way more "screentime" th
Online Eccentric Librarian
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, arc, dystopian
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The 13th Continuum starts out as a sci fi but rapidly turns into a dystopian as enclosed societies stagnate and begin to feed off themselves. We read through two different POVs - and each character is distinct, as is the small communities in which they find themselves. Comparisons to Divergent, City of Ember, Red Rising, and even the anime Ergo Proxy will be inevitable. But in all, this is a satisfying adventure and f
Michelle Grondine (travelingbooknerds)
A fresh, exciting post-apocalyptic adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat!

This book... where do I even begin?

The story is engaging from the first page. You will go to sleep dreaming about these incredibly well-rounded, strong characters; and wake up unable to stop yourself from delving back into Myra and Aero's stories. Their journeys and challenges they face throughout the course of this book have incredible stakes that are action-packed and Jennifer Brody makes them completely b
Elisa Owens
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The plot of this book was interesting to me, and though the pace at which crucial historical details were revealed was sometimes frustrating, I remained interested throughout the book. However, I repeatedly found myself feeling unusually disconnected from the characters and the story as a whole. Normally, if I make it more than twenty or thirty pages into a book, I can't put it down for more than a few moments without finding myself preoccupied with thoughts and speculation about the book. With ...more
Just Commonly
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"It is time to return to the surface."

I need to let out a sigh - more like a grunt. I can't believe I have to wait another seven months for Book 2, Return of the Continuums in The Continuum Trilogy. Yes. The 13th Continuum took hold of my thoughts and wouldn't let go. The ingenuity of world-building in books and how much I've fallen in love with it lately have caught me by surprised. Jennifer Brody built a fascinated world that is not our world, but it can be as we dive into it eyes first, and t
Ashley Urquhart
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I thought the premise of this book was very interesting. There are all kinds of post-apocalyptic tales out there, but they rarely go into much detail of how exactly groups of people managed to survive when everyone else died. This book definitely goes into those details. I thought it was really interesting to see how the different Continuums evolved over the thousand year period. It definitely makes you think what would happen if something like this was real. I hope that future books go into som ...more
Lelia Taylor
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
Anyone who visits Buried Under Books on a fairly regular basis knows that I have a fondness for post-apocalyptic and/or dystopian fiction. I haven't read any in a while, more than a month, so I was quite happy when the opportunity to review The 13th Continuum came along and, in most ways, Ms. Brody didn't let me down.

Worldbuilding is a crucial component of any science fiction and, in particular, this kind of book and I did think it was just slightly lacking here but not by much. The truth is I h
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
While I liked the idea of this book, I didn't actually like the book. First, it didn't feel polished. In particular, the pacing seemed off. I'm not sure if it was the amount of detail that was included in the social structure of the world or if it was really the result of trying to establish relationships between characters, but the fallout was that it slowed the story to the point that I began to lose interest. I thought it was smart for the author to incorporate the second colony because the a ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Here is the point: The narration is so poor that there is no way I will ever see more than letters in this book. It is the attempt to construct a novel out of the top of the head. Every sentence is a fight.

After the long prolog with the generic doom and the people descending in elevators (like in a Roland-Emerich-movie), which every sane editor would have cancelled, we enter the deepsea habitat and learn to know Myra. Myra is the superlative in the flesh, described without any sense of decency.
Liz Alexander
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-fiction
I won't do what so many other reviewers do and outline the story here. (And I can never quite understand why some feel the need to give such detailed accounts in a review, given that the point of reading a book--in this genre particularly-- is to be surprised and engaged by the plot and characters.) What I can tell you is that if you enjoyed the likes of the Hunger Games trilogy and the Divergent series, then you will be delighted to find a similarly engaging and smart read in Jen Brody's wonder ...more
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Jennifer Brody is the award-winning author of "The 13th Continuum," the graphic novels "Spectre Deep 6" and "200," and the Disney Chills series, writing as Vera Strange. She’s a graduate of Harvard University and a film and television producer and writer. She began her career in Hollywood on many films, including "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Golden Compass." She lives and writes in LA, where s ...more

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