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(International Sensory Assassin Network #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  97 reviews
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 Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until s
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 second
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
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
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
Lyn* Nomad *Worlds await*

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
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.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
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
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
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?
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.75/5

Review to come!
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
Jennifer H.
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
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
*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 Net
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
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....

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 s
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
Dee/ bookworm
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
#Isan #NetGalley

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
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
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this novel from net galley and the publisher for an honest review. Thank you!!

This book was amazing!! I could not put it down!! There were several plot twists and the author kept me in such suspense. The story is written in first person point of view. Ava is part of ISAN, which stands for International Sensory Assassin Network. She was in foster care, then went to juvie, and then recruited by ISAN, like a get out of jail card. She and others have been training to handle missions desig
Diane Lynch
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
I love Mary Ting’s ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network). Seventeen-year-old, Ava has a special DNA marker that allows a unique drug known as Helix to enhance her abilities. She is given a choice of remaining in juvenile detention or joining ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network). After being captured by a rebel group she is told that her life is a lie. She has no idea who she can trust. This dystopian novel is suitable for young adults.

ISAN reminded me of a combination of the tel
Fast paced and tense, it kept me on the edge of my seat. At one point, I had to set it aside because it really got to me. Finally got back to finishing it, and now I can't wait for the next book to come out.
Jenn Sut
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. I couldn't stop listening. The narrator was perfect. It was fast paced with interesting characters. I am looking forward to the next book in this series!!
Jeannette dods
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me try and put into words how awesome this book is without revealing spoilers.
The main character, Ava, is your average 17 year old girl. Ok, maybe not average, she is a trained assassin living in a dystonian world. Ava has her trials she must face and constant questions at every turn. The characters in this book are well developed and make you feel as though they are also your friends/enemies. I found myself fighting along with them and attempting to decipher the mysteries that ISAN entails
Tracy Millosovich
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the scientific aspect of this story. And the action is amazing! The author outdid herself. I am glad I got to read pieces of this. I am hoping to get a signed copy of this, and see the movie. Yes! There is an ISAN movie coming in May 2018!!!
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Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death
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