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The Alpha Drive

(The Alpha Drive #1)

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It's the year 2055 and an anarchist organization has taken control with the aim to create a world-class society. Half of humankind is unknowingly living in an alternate reality called Dormance . . . and there are no plans to wake them up.

Sixteen-year-old introvert Emery Parker is one such dormant. An academic scholar who avoids ruffling feathers at all costs, Emery finds h
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Paperback, 322 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Black Falcon Press
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Eve K
Jul 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Maddie
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's been ages since I've read a dystopian/fantasy a-single-girl-must-save-the-world book and I absolutely loved that aspect. If I'd have read this around the time those kind of books were popular, I don't think it would have stuck out as much, but because there's a lot of distance between that dystopian trend, I was really able to appreciate what made this one unique.

I loved the university style setting as that's something you hardly ever see. I liked the dynamic between Emery and Rhea as roomm
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Josh BookDragon
May 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was alright. In no way was it spectacular or anything. I never really felt invested into the plot for one thing. It was interesting at times, but my mind always turned to different thoughts while reading. Another issue I had was pacing. The pacing felt very off. One second it was the first day of school then the next chapter it's 2 months later. I felt like we could have had some bridge scenes in between. The main plot twists were very predictable for me and the characters I didn't rea ...more
Alexandra
I have a confession to make. I am a very picky reader.

But perhaps not in the usual way of picky readers. You see, if I’m enjoying a story for whatever reason I can continue in spite of various flaws. But if a story doesn’t grab me it’s quite a different matter.

The Alpha Drive is a prime example. It has flaws, things that if improved would have made it a much better book, but it still managed to keep me engrossed and interested. Truth is that once things started unfolding I really didn’t want to
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Sarah
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian, thriller
*For disclosure purposes I requested this book from the author & was thus sent this book to review, however that doesn't change any opinions I may hold on the content*

3.8/5

Overall I would say that this book was interesting & entertaining and I read it in the tub in one go without stopping as the plot seemed to zip on and I couldn't put it down.

We have a host of characters, the main being 16 year old Emery Parker who was sent to a prestigious boarding school in Arizona where she becomes r
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Taylor (Taylicious Reads)
Jun 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
I honestly hate not finishing books, especially when they are sent to me for review, but I honestly couldn't get into The Alpha Drive. Maybe it was the writing style, which for me was really hard to read, or maybe it was the fact that the book I finished before this was one of the best books I've ever read (Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods), but nevertheless I could not read this book.

It felt bland, I saw nothing that caught my eye when I started this book. It was hard to push through the fir
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Montzalee Wittmann
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Alpha Drive is a great fantasy story that creates a world where people are in a coma like state but do not know it, Matrix like. Only a few know what is going on. They want to recruit Emery to help them stop the enemy from killing off the Dormants (coma state people). Torin, computer geek/hack, thinks that it is a different government group. Which secret op is really the good guys? The plot is well developed as well as the characters. Lots of action, imagination, twists, turns, guessing who ...more
Manda (The Glittery Nerd)
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2016
I received a copy of this book as part of the loving dem book booktube tours in exchange for an honest review.

I have done a full non spoiler review on my booktube channel that will up on the 29th of May, i'll put the link in once it's live.

My actual rating for this book is 2.5 stars. I found this book really slow to start but around chapter 7 the pace of the book picked right up. I did read the vast majority of this book in one sitting, and for me that is a sign of book that is interesting eno
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Stacy
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
*There are some minor spoilers included in this review*

Although I was able to finish ALPHA DRIVE I found there were a lot of issues along the way.

THE ALPHA DRIVE lacked world building. If I hadn't read the blurb for the book, I don't think I would have known what the heck was going on and even after reading the blurb, I didn't fully understand everything that was involved in the world.

The friend relationship between Emery and her brand new roommate was weird. They JUST met each other yet the roo
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Chayse Sundt
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-2016
I have to be honest when I say that this book was better than I thought it was going to be. I went into this book with no expectations, little knowledge of the book or the author and in all honesty that was the best thing I could have done. I sat down to read and well maybe I did have a little bit of an expectation since this was the first book I read in 2016 but I was quite surprised and really happy I clicked on this book to read.

As the synopsis says it is the year 2055 and I have a little fr
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Carolina Godinho
Oh my! How hard it is to review this book. I requested at NG because the blurb was really interesting. But after a few pages the story becomes something so hard to enjoy. It is confusing, always alternating the POV, and one minute it says something and then happens the opposite.
Emery and Rheas relationship is hard to grasp, they barely know each other, then theyre friends and in the next moment they're frenemies.
And Anthony, Emerys boyfriend. One moment she says hes distant and in the next breat
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Erin M
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full review to come tomorrow!

Loved it! Need the second book ... yesterday. Gripping, suspenseful and full of unanswered questions that leave you wanting more.
Crazy4Books
May 26, 2017 marked it as to-read
I wish I had a review copy of this. Sounds like so much fun and Ive been into scifi lately. I love reviewing underrated books on my blog.
archdandy
The Alpha Drive follows Emery as she goes off to boarding school for the first time and meets new friends, dumps her boyfriend and oh yeah, gets caught up in a fight for the lives of people who are 'dormant' (in a coma) and not really living in the world. Emery is a dormant so it's not really a surprise she takes such a quick interest in the cause. She has two opposing sides telling her they are both the good guys and that she should help them and she has to navigate her way through the intrigu ...more
Julia
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read and reviewed this book as I am one of the hosts for its Booktube Tour, created by Grace over at LovingDemBooks. I received the book for free in exchange for my review but all of my opinions are my own!

With that being said, I liked it! The premise of the book is that a girl named Emery discovers that half of the world (her half) is in a fictional reality and that their true selves are in a comatose-like state in the real (other half) world. She is recruited and trained to help bring her si
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Akahayla
Jun 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
UGH! Such an awful book! I felt like I was reading some bad teen fiction instead of sci-fi. Usually I have issues DNF'ing books but I honestly don't have the time to spend on reading something so pointless.

Wish I hadn't requested it from Netgalley.
Oda
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Three stars because I'm feeling generous today.

I like the idea and potential of this story, but the execution was very shallow and uneven. The pacing was all over the place. Despite spending a lot of time with the characters, we don't really get to know them (or care about them). Despite being mildly curious about what happens next, I was not compelled to continue this series.

The Alpha Drive was a very fast read, but in many ways too fast: We don't get any depth to the world or the characters. T
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Mandi Lynn
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It feels so good to be reading YA again!

When I first read the blurb of The Alpha Drive I have to say I was a bit confused as to what it was about. I had a hard time getting my head wrapped around the concept, mostly due to the fact that it's a hard concept and a hard world to create. How do you write about a dormant society?

With that said, I'm impressed with how well Kristen has written this book. There are a few things that I wish were made more clear, but as a debut novel, I think it's wonde
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Elysa
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
I was a fan of Kristen Martin's Youtube Channel, where she posts motivational videos and writing advice as well as book updates and general life vlogs. I read her book, Shadow Crown, in support of her and did not like the book. If interested, you can find my review of Shadow Crown through my Goodreads profile, probably, but I dunno. Anyway, I was disappointed and said I would give The Alpha Drive a try because I wanted desperately to like her books. Afterall, she gave me useful writing advice an ...more
Charly
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I spotted this book as I was trawling through the Y.A section of NetGalley, and to be honest, the moment I read the blurb I knew I'd struck gold. Those short three paragraphs promised me everything I ever hope for in the perfect Y.A - a female lead, dystopian future, action-filled plot, family secrets, and most importantly, no love triangles. It looked p e r f e c t. Fortunately for me, it was available in the "read now" section of NetGalley, so I immediately downloaded it, cuddled up in bed wit ...more
wanderonwards
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I first discovered Kristen Martin purely by chance on YouTube in early 2017, and I was immediately intrigued. Kristen runs a fast growing AuthorTube channel, and after several months of watching her writing advice videos I bought The Alpha Drive to see if I would enjoy her writing as much as her videos.

While The Alpha Drive did not end up as one of my favorite books of all time, as a debut, self-published author I think Kristen did a great job. The Alpha Drive is the product of all the research
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MJ
May 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: popsugar-2016
(I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

This book was... not good. The writing was clunky and clumsy and honestly all of it read more like a first draft than anything else. Every character was one-dimensional and cardboard and I didn't especially like any of them. The worldbuilding was weak, as was the plotting/pacing. And, really, it astoundingly read like it had been written by someone who had never been a teenager and was just gu
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Terry
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Alpha Drive is a post apocalyptic book set in the year 2055. An organization bent on taking complete control over the entire world has brought about mystery and intrigue. Half of humanity is unknowingly living in a false reality called Dormance and the organization has no plans on waking them up.

It's up to Sixteen year old Emery Parker, who is one of the dormants, to figure out who to trust, if anyone, find out her family secret, play both sides and try to save the world.

This is one of tho
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Jillian Lopez
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much! Full review to be posted at my blog sometime this week.

The Alpha Drive was definitely a fun and enjoyable book fused with a very original and intriguing plot line that had me at its pages. I absolutely love the concept of the book and the science fictional facets that it manifested throughout. While I am really pleased with how the idea of the book flourished wonderfully upon reading it, I wasn't at all imp
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Anna
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
While this is clearly a first book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll start with the issues: Because there are two organizations that both claim the other is trying to destroy the world, I feel like a better job could have been done distinguishing them from each other. Also, the relationship of the two main characters could have used a bit more delving into. That aside, though, this is a compulsively readable book. Despite the fact that I'd thought I was over dystopian novels, this one was fresh eno ...more
Kelli
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s
*This book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
3.5 Stars
What I liked best about this book was the suspense or the way it kept me wanting to know more about what was really going on. Anytime you are able to read a book in 24 hours that is a good sign. It felt original for a dystopian novel with the dual worlds as the premise. I look forward to learning more about these two different worlds and also hope to see a little more character development in book #2. Torin was my fa
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Nick (RemusReads)
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Futuristic action smashed together with a boarding school contemporary! Awesome mix between reading about Emery's experience trying to settle into her new school as well as trying to figure out where her loyalties should lie when given a top secret mission.

I liked hearing from Emery's POV but it was also cool to get to hear from Torin, Rhea and a couple of other characters too.

Although I'd figured out some of what was about to happen to Emery before she had, there were many surprises for me in a
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Don Pedicini Jr.
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What do you get when the Matrix runs full speed into an action packed mystery? You get Alpha Drive. I got an advanced copy to read from Netgalley for an unbiased review. Boy am I glad I read this book. Emery is a new student going to college. She meets her roommate Rhea and has the typical freshman life or so she thought. The characters are well developed and at a good pace. The novel reads well and I really love the whole premise. I am not going to explain it, you need to read this book to find ...more
Victoria Stolte
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Interesting story line and characters. With this one you can dive into a world filled with mystery and deceit. What would you do if everything you thought you knew wasn't true after all? That's exactly what Emery finds out once she is transferred to a new school. Everything she thought she knew is turned upside down. When even more news comes to light she finds herself wondering who to trust. I found the story moved at a good pace and the characters were like-able. At the end we are left wonderi ...more
Manvinder
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Ok, first of all, this book was really good. Like, please go and pick it up right now and then read it and tell me so we can fangirl together over Mason.

And, I feel like there is going to be a love triangle going on between Emery and Mason and Torin. Now I'd like to read that!

I think this was an excellent mix of the YA and dystopian genres, but that cliffhanger, yo!!! I cannot wait to read the next books in the series!

Recommend
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