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(International Sensory Assassin Network #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  148 reviews
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The world has changed.

Scientists warned it would happen.

Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant
Paperback, 330 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Vesuvian Books
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Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

Release Date-1/5/18

ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network) was a read I enjoyed very much.
I have been reading quite a few YA novels at the moment and this was one that intrigued me massively.
So this was my first book by this particular author and "ISAN" overall was a clean YA read.
The blurb initially piqued my attention in a good way and this was one I was really looking forward to getting stuck into.
so if I had to split this down into parts I would say the sec
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
ISAN was an explosion of action and emotion and I loved every single moment of it! From that very first page, this book had me in it's grip. I was addicted to the story and the characters, which made it impossible for me to put this book down. So if you're a fan of dystopian, kick ass girls and a sprinkling of romance then you have to check out this book! Or even if you liked the Bourne movies (one of my favorite movies!), then you'll probably enjoy this story as much as I did. ISAN is definite ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018, bame
I was on the promotional tour for this book!

Set in a divided United States, the main character Ava ends up in a detention for juvenile until one day, she is offered the chance to take a serum that will ultimately change who she is and give her a boost of powers. The catch is that by taking the serum, she must join a program known as ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network). On missions to kidnap, kill and seek targets. On one of these missions, she meets Rhett who she knows from her past. H
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-read

ISAN – International Sensory Assassin Network. A secret organisation, an experimental serum, a dystopian world. What could be better? I really liked the synopsis and the cover’s fantastic. So I was quite interested in reading it.

I wanted to really like the book but there were a few things that were annoying. For example, how all the superiors at the ISAN call the girls, “Ladies.” They’re assassins. It’s a small thing but it just felt off. Added to that, some of the dialogues felt tacky and out o
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.75/5

Review to come!
Katie Harder-schauer
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My review will be posted on or near release day. Honestly, I've been waiting for the announcement of this book for a while, and I'm super excited that it's finally at least listed on Goodreads. Dystopian fans prepare. ...more
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked it, some how like Divergent, but so much more intersting!
Mar 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
I thought I would love this book, but I simply didn't. The summary promised great things but the story itself wasn't that. There wasn't a lot about the world building and the plot didn't really start kicking in until nearly 50%. I found the whole book too slow.

The main character, Ava, was supposed to be ""special"" but I just couldn't like her. She was a bit naive. Sometimes it seems she thought she was better than everyone else. And her actions contrasted with her thoughts.

And the thing I disl
May 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, 2018, eye-roll-worthy
I usually don't rate books that I don't finish...but this one...ugh!

I don't understand? The writing is juvenile and so freaking eye-roll worthy. I just couldn't go on reading this. Whiny girls getting into cat-fights, blatant butt ogling, and that's all in the first couple of chapters. Oh, and the scene where he just wants to stick a needle in her arm..."It's a volatile compressed gas that passes through the permeable layers of your skin." and she lets him because she doesn't want to look stupid
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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What an epic Dystopian adventure. Ava, our main character, is fierce, strong and relatable, while being a epic assassin. This book is filled with kick ass girls that are apart of a secret organisation called ISAN training girls to be assassin's and damn is it good!! This fast paced and well written book is definitely one to look out for!
Jonas Saul
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay - WOW!

What a fabulous novel. I loved the main character Ava. Young, smart, and unique. The novel arc was stellar, with the story unfolding very well. I loved the era the story took place in and enjoyed how the author eased the reader into it.

The imagination required for a novel like this is incredible. And Rhett! Wow - so good.

Can't say enough about this one other than: Read it! Enjoy it!

Well done, Mary Ting! Now, where's another novel with Ava?
Dani Hart
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enchanting glimpse into the future when the world is devastated by natural disasters and the human race finds ways to rebuild, replenish, and capitalize on resources from the same meteors that brought them to the brink of extinction. With a secret government keeping everyone in check, including the four council leaders of the four quadrants that make up this new world, lines are crossed and Ava, a 17 year old juvenile foster delinquent turned Assassin is at the forefront of it all.

Ava’s life
Mar 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Publishing Date: May 2018

Publisher: Vesuvian Books

ISBN: 9781944109560

Genre: SciFi/YA

Rating: 1.4/5

Publisher’s Description: Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council. Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be inj
Jennifer Speas
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Hold on to your dust jackets because wow. I want the sequel now! *ugly cries* 😭

Ava thought she knew who she was, what she was doing, and who she could trust, but after being taken during a mission and coming face to face with Rhett (allllllll the heart eyes!) - a guy who is determined to make Ava remember him and their history - nothing in Ava's world is certain anymore.

I blew through this story in less than 24 hours. ISAN grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let up until the very end
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dystopian and Sci-Fi are not genres I usually read, however, I love everything Mary Ting writes. And even in genres that I don't typically read, she was still completely epic. The world she built inside the pages of ISAN was just phenomenal. Once you start, you wont be able to stop. Isan definitely has more action to it than what I'm used to reading in Mary's books but she keeps her readers on their toes and wanting more the whole way through. ISAN brings you action, drama, romance and so much m ...more
DawnMarie  Carpintero
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
5+ Stars

I was given this book for my honest review.

I want to say I will write my review on the day this book releases but I will give you this little bit to hold you over till then.

This author brings so much to the table unlike her other books that you will be in a gasping state most of the book. She not only brings the wondrous surprises that we all have come to look upon when reading her books but she brings a calmness, jump out of your seat and awe moments with every word read.

Major Kudos an
Amanda  B Gillespie
I have been a fan of Mary Ting for awhile and have high expectations for her books. Once again she has met those expectations. ISAN reminded me why I love this genre. The character development was spot on giving the reader the opportunity to draw their own opinions of who to love and who to hate. The ending was predictable in the way that you knew there would be a cliffhanger and now I have to wait patiently for book two. Patience isn't my strong point. ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book right here turned out to be a very interesting read that grew even more intense as the story progressed. At first I didn't know how this would go, as those first few pages took a little getting into. But, it was only for that first chapter or two because the minute it revved up I couldn't get enough of this story. There was definitely a good amount of characters to get even more invested in ISAN, as those that were part of the team had much going on here as well.

And what a story it is.
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult / Dystopian
*Rating* 3.5


ISAN is the first installment in author Mary Ting's International Sensory Assassin Network series. Protagonist Ava lives in a world where meteors destroyed what was once Planet Earth. In the aftermath, the US was divided into four regions; East, North, South, & West. Each region is overseen by the so called Remnant Council. Remnant Council members are supposedly secret. Then there is the International Sensory Assassin Network
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
I just can't do it anymore. Trust me, no one is more disappointed than me.

I made it to 45% before I finally had to give up. The ONLY reason I managed to force myself so far through this train wreck is because this book was one of my top 5 most anticipated releases of 2018. I mean, come on, an assassin network?! The premise sounded really incredible.

What I was expecting: A kickass, adrenaline-packed, edge-of-your-seat story full of awesomeness and, well, ass-kicking.

What I got: Whiny, catty, bick
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ISAN is a beautifully inspirational and breathtakingly touching story of learning what it means to truly live. Having the privilege to eat, breathe, and take care of your body is not the same as living and experiencing a full and enriched life. While staying alive is important, we can’t afford to neglect our heart. Our body is only a part of who we are as a whole being. Our mind can guide us, but it is only with our heart that we can feel and truly cherish the people and the world around us. To ...more
Chris Sword
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have never gave a book review before, Mary Ting is one of my Wife's favorite authors. And I had seen a description of this book ISAN and thought that it would be very interesting to read. I am more of a Christian Novel reader; However I started reading this book became engrossed in it. It has a lot of action which most guys as myself like in a book. I am a computer geek and I would love to have some of the technology that this book talks about. I am not sure what to really say in a review but ...more
Michele(mluker) Luker
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dystopian novels are my favorite Genre, so you have NO IDEA how happy I am that Mary wrote one!

Ava has had a rough time in life. However with her special DNA, a secret government agency wants her. She figures, why not, it will get her out of Juvie and possibly give her a better life...a life of an assassin. She trains vigorously, and manages to lead her own team....a team that becomes her friends.

When a mission goes adrift, she is kidnapped...and begins to learn for the first time about her tru
Cindy Fong
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read this story twice, and each time, I am still sucked in and mesmerized by the story. Follow Ava on her journey of discovery. Ava is a trained assassin with ISAN, but when someone from her past surfacesall that she believes to be true, might all just be a facade. Stuck trying to decide what is fact and faction, Ava begins to question everything around her, her training, her friends, family and her love.

I loved the storyline and the characters. I cannot wait for more in this series....
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I picked up ISAN because it claimed to be a science fiction, dystopia but was pleasantly surprised to find the romance impressive enough. The story revolves around Ava who has been in ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network) after she ran away from her foster home. ISAN, as you might be wondering, is a secret agency that trains young adults to fight and well, assassinate. But the catch is: it isn’t simply kicking asses. It’s kicking asses with a serum running in their blood and this
Katherine Paschal
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
**3.5 Stars**
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Ava was given the choice to leave her juvenile detention center for the opportunity to join an organization that will use her strengths on covert missions- the catch is that she will be given small doses of an experimental drug named Helix that alters all her senses, pretty much making her into a super soldier. The plus side is that she will get out of jail, not have to go to a foster home and be fed- sounds like something she can't pas
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
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publisher synopsis: Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will mak
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I haven’t read a dystopian book in a very long time because I honestly got burnt out on them. They are still not my favorite genre, but this book was a fast, easy read.

Ava lost her mother at a young age and was placed with foster parents. Unfortunately, there was no love in her placement and she wanted out. Ava soon received that chance when an employee from ISAN asks Ava to join their secret society.

Naturally, she says yes.

Turns out, this secret society trains many girls to become assassins
Megan Lowe
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was an interesting prospect for me. It’s been a while since I’ve read a distopian book and one could argue that after major successes, the genre is a bit done.
I think it probably is. I liked Ava and I liked the situations that were presented and how the world operated. My problem was with the lack of detail at the beginning of the book about the world. I think this was majorly needed and the lack of detail didn’t quite hold the story together that would’ve improved it.
I also think the
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