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Before the Origin

4.76  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Much has changed. Climate change has inspired a new generation of discrimination - one where the mutation of a hereditary gene has become the greatest crime. The others - a minority kept silent for years are now up to something sinister.

Agent Amy Taff has moved through the world unnoticed until the recent disturbances in an otherwise perfect utopia require her expertise. D
Kindle Edition, 124 pages
Published September 28th 2020 by Tablo Publishing
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F.S. Bala Thank you for your interest in the second part of the series, Anna. There is no definite date of release at the moment, but it will be in December 202…moreThank you for your interest in the second part of the series, Anna. There is no definite date of release at the moment, but it will be in December 2020.(less)

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Tenkara Smart
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Before the Origin is a highly-enjoyable fantasy read! It was full of action and adventure and I liked how mythology was blended into the story. It reminded me of a blend of X-men meets Black Panther meets His Dark Materials, all of which I love. I was intrigued throughout the story as to what was happening, both past and present - and what would happen in the future - and I plan to read the 2nd book so I can continue to follow this interesting story. The author takes what I felt was a complicate ...more
Shama Khan
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As soon as you finish this book, there is an overwhelming desire to read it again. To catch the little clues you might have missed, the foreshadowing is expertly done. Hard to believe it is the authors debut novel.
The genre is hard to classify, the book does not try to fit into the typical magic systems of YA or fantasy novels - it is the shortest fantasy book I have read, but the story holds weight. Diverse characters even though it is set on the African continent, and the reveal at the end jus
Amina Thajudeen
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever been in a maze that keeps shifting again and again when you tried to escape? No? This story will give you the same experience. It will give you a feeling of unending mysteries.
All sci-fi thrillers have the same beginning. They will transport us to a new world. A world which that can only build through our creative capabilities. Then we start to solve the puzzles. The puzzles are twisted, to keep it interesting to play. In the end, the puzzle is solved. But this is not that typical
K.T. Munson
Nov 29, 2020 rated it liked it
***Actual Rating 3.5***

There are an assortment of characters. Two primary ones are Ash and Amy. Amy is “deaf” to the mind control of mutants and Ash is hiding in plain sight. Although both characters were interested for some reason I couldn’t really get invested in either of them. There is also a host of supporting characters. A times it was difficult to tell whose point of view we were in as it felt there was some head hoping.


This plot was really well done. This book as an interes
Book Reviewer
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Before the Origin by F.S Bala is an account of events in several people's lives all connected by the change in pattern in the world's occurrences. Amy Taff, an outstanding character in the book, is thrown into a world of magic, science, and mystery. Her life changes drastically after she gets a job at Scythe. Immediately she realizes that a thread holds the balance between life and death. Ash, a talented young man, partakes in scientific government projects but his friend Abel, has several consp ...more
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge lover of YA fantasy – it is my comfort genre, and they are the books that I return to time and time again when I want to switch off and get suck into some good old-fashioned escapism for a few hours (isn’t that what we’re all in need of this year?!). As a result, I am quite familiar with the general themes and tropes you often find in YA fiction, and after a while it can be difficult to find something original that hasn’t been done many times before in multiple different ways. That i ...more
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it

A short but highly enjoyable read with a range of fascinating characters with their own set of complexities!

The ending is certainly my favourite part of the book, and I was amazed at how everything was drawn together. The author seems to tell stories that are separate, but the ending is expertly written and makes for an incredible cliffhanger.

I read this in one sitting, especially as I was compelled to find out more about each character and their motivations. I would definitely highly re
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book has an excellent plot that is woven interestingly around ancient African folklore. Mythology has always been my choice of genre, and this story holds true to its promising summary. Practically every chapter ends with a cliff hanger and you just can’t wait to start a new one. I spent sleepless nights wanting to know what happened next!

You can’t help but admire all the characters, especially with the sacrifices made by Amy and Haske; and the simplicity of Ash.

I loved the way the story pro
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I took a break from reading as there was just too much teenage angst, unnecessary love triangles in almost every book. I saw a promotion for this book and it said African folklore... hmm.. the synopsis also sounded like dystopian future, so I thought WHY NOT? It is set in Africa, but not Africa like you know it, sorry it cant be explained without spoilers, three main characters, Amy, Ash and Xari, again I cannot say anything or else, spoilers. This book is divided into 2 (I dont know why the aut ...more
Anaya Khan
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked the hausa legends in an old fashioned way, the origin story was told with the nuances of an elder, giving it weight and value. pacing is excellent. solid foundation for second book, delivered the scenes with vibrant visuals, and immediately immersed me, getting me engaged.I love this, beautifully delivered. It has me further connecting and wanting to know more. Author's style is crisp delivery, Little to no prose, but still drives tension with content and the story drives the reader with ...more
Maria Monriam
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, this was a surprising read, one of my favourites this year. We have a protagonist who feels like she shouldn't be where she is, she feels like a fraud, Then we have the history or the story of the 'beginning of humankind', which I enjoyed very much, then you have the magic and powers woven in. It almost feels like a mystery. I should take one star away because of how short the book is but we have a gender-neutral character so for inclusiveness that will be forgiven ...more
Levi Evan
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is good. I'm split between 4 and 5 stars but I have no significant complaints so I will leave it as 5. The world was different, introduced slowly, little clues here and there showing that global warming or climate change had done a number on earth but it was not a save the earth campaign, it wasn't in your face. The dialogue flowed easily, the magic was subtle and explained. ...more
Momal Filas
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book was like taking a breath of fresh air. A fresh look at African fantasy, A powerful new entry into the Black girl magic catalogue. Fun journey, characters were fantastic and easy to read. I was skeptical when I saw the size but in the end it did not matter. Highly recommend
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Author and Educator F.S Bala lives in Calgary with her family and works in a Canadian post-secondary institution. She has always loved reading and writing stories from a different point of view and appreciates a good unexpected twist!

When she is not reading or writing. she is dabbling into board games (her favourite is Dead of Winter) or recording episodes for her self produced podcast Let's table

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