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(Elemental Trilogy #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  2,512 ratings  ·  323 reviews
A lost colony is reborn in this heart-pounding fantasy adventure set in the near future . . .

Sixteen-year-old Thomas has always been an outsider. The first child born without the power of an Element—earth, water, wind or fire—he has little to offer his tiny, remote Outer Banks colony. Or so the Guardians would have him believe.

In the wake of an unforeseen storm, desperat
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published November 21st 2012 by Dial
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Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Elemental had me glued to its pages from the get-go. It's a thrilling adventure that sparkles with emotionally powerful moments, stunning visuals and eye-popping plot twists. This story really has it all: a phenomenal post-apocalyptic setting, long buried secrets, ruthless villains (that you'll just love to hate!) and characters you'll be cheering for. The best part? The unique, fresh plot line that is just as mysterious and exciting as it is thought-provoking and moving. Trust me, you won't be ...more
Neil (or bleed)
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
As much as I want to love this book, I just can't. It wasn't bad and I reckon others will enjoy this one but for me, I wasn't hooked by the story. I only care less about it, seriously. And the only things that I am interested were the truth about Thomas's (the main character) powers (Does he really has no elemental power or he has?) and the truth about all the lies their families fed to them which I, of course, will not state here.

The first few chapters was slow for me. It arrived to chapter 16
Penny Wood
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
This was borderline unbearable. The plot was dull and uninspiring, all the female characters were awful (I liked that male characters though, they seemed well written), the Deaf character's speech was written in such a dehumanizing way, and the romance made me want to dry heave. Gets an extra star for pretty good prose and Dennis. ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I looove Avatar: the last air bender and that is why I picked this book.

By the way, is this a series? Because I'd love for more books to come.

As you know from the summary, in this colony everybody can summon an element but Thomas. Obviously, he feels like shit because of that. On top of that, the other people would never touch him as if he doesn't deserve human contact for not having an element.

One night a storm comes and the elders and the kids (age
Alie Catayong
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I liked, nooo scratch that. I loved Elemental.

I don't know why but now I am sure I'm a science fiction addict.

ELEMENTAL. I liked scifis but I never thought I would love this book the way I loved other scifi books I've read. Though the first few pages seemed a little boring, I find it all really promising. You know when you encounter a character who's disappointed with basically everything about his life. That he knew he lacked something almost everyone had. It'll made you look forward
Nov 01, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at page 97. I hung on for as long as I could, but I can't go any further. I'm realizing I'm not a huge fan of stories that don't give us as much information as we need to know. What is this plague? Why are there so few of them? How long has this colony been established? And WHY do they have elements? Admittedly, I don't think even these kids know any of this stuff. I attempted to flip through and see what happens but I'm not really even interested enough to do that. So many books, so little ...more
I read this book for the first time when I was waiting in a dermatologist's office to find out in my basal cell carcinoma was cancerous. So, it's safe to say that I didn't remember anything that I had read. It was basically like reading a brand new book for me this time around.

That being said, it also might be that this book just isn't very memorable to me. I think it's fine. I think the ideas behind it are pretty fresh and original. I also think that it's not written in a way that's int
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, ya
Okay, anyway Elemental is about a small society of people who all have 'elements' (hence the title). Thomas however doesn't have an element... or does he? *dun dun duuunnn* Let me just say I'm not a fan of people having 'special powers' that are so predictable like earth, water, fire and wind. The only real reason why I got the book at all was because of the pirates.

Yay! Pirates =)

Anyway, once I got around to starting Elemental it took a while to get hooked. I read the first chapter like 20 time
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was thrilled to win an advance copy of Elemental by Antony John. I got into the story and stayed up too late reading and finished it in a day and a half. The story begins with a small colony of plague survivors and centers around a teen who feels he does not fit in as he seems to lack the "elemental powers" valued in his community. I like the character development and unfolding of the story as this teen begins to know himself and understand how he has been misinterpreting what happens around h ...more
Whitley Birks
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, almost-good
There's not much to say about this book. It was just so utterly dull. For a book that had that amount of action, I feel like nothing happened. What we know at the end of the book isn't much more than what we know at the beginning. So many questions are brought up, and only a couple of them are answered. People keep secrets just for the sake of keeping secrets, and out of spite that other people are keeping secrets, which doesn't really make for an enjoyable read. I'm not wondering "why aren't th ...more
Usually, prior to buying a book, I always check the reviews and ratings in Goodreads. However, that was not the case when I purchased this one. I saw it one time in a bookstore, read the synopsis at the back of the book, and that got me hooked. I like anything that says “magic” and this one reeks with 4 magical elements. What else can I do? But I didn’t read it right away because I choose to read Steelheart first.

read full review here
Sam 2/3
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a very suspenseful book and had very many details. Their elements and how they could use them were different than I had seen in other books similar to it. It is probably my second favorite book.
Zachary Todd
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Easy read with some unique twists on super powers.
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
The first book in the Elemental trilogy is set in a futuristic United States colony where people called Guardians have powers over the elements: water, wind, earth, and fire. For years, sixteen-year-old Thomas believed that he doesn't have powers like everyone else in the colony, until pirates kidnap the Guardians and the remaining colonists fight for a survival on an abandoned town.

Elemental has its good elements that worked out well in favor, but it had some elements that just didn't work out
Waffles - Kelsey
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you had the power of the wind? The power of the water? Can feel when a storm is brewing in...10 miles in the sea!! Can move rocks and find vegetables in the Earth with ease?

Yea...I would love it too!! All that power...all that respect.

But what if you were one of the unlucky ones that didn't get the power? Not an element, nor a regular? What would you do then?

Set in the future where the almost whole population of the United States is wiped out due to the plague but a few sur
Val Richards
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book as a whole flowed well and ended in such a way that I am looking forward to the next installment. The characters are relatable and interesting. For the YA readers, there is adventure, sadness, humor, friendship, and a little romance.

It is another dystopia story line with a creative approach. There are many secrets, some which were revealed in this story and other's I'm sure will be revealed in the future. I recommend this book to any young adult and to adults that like to read YA books.
Jimmy Grimaldi
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book embodies my favorite type of story, where the world is so different from what the reader is used to and the characters are placed in a situation where they have no idea what is going on. The storyline was engaging with a large majority of it being action. While the plot and characters were solid, I felt that they could have been more developed since so much happened during the course of the story.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idea could have been good but the author tried so hard to make the story suspenseful that he did not give enough information to make the story believable or complete. It was annoying trying to figure things out and make the story make sense.
Max Lau • Maxxesbooktopia
More like a 3.5 ☀

It is a slow pace book but it is full of action. The first 170 pages are a little bit slow, but after you get pass those pages, the story gets interesting.. Very Interesting.

Looking forward to read the other book. Firebrand.
Dec 05, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2012-release
oh, cripes, another dystopian! the premise does sound cool, but i hope this one isn't just another one jumping onto the bandwagon. ...more
Amelia, free market Puritan
Yikes - apparently there's a love triangle here. Aaaand this has officially been pushed to the back-burner.
Laura Kreitzer
This is going in the DNF pile. After 50 pages, there should be an inciting incident, and there is none. I kept having to re-read because my mind was wandering quite a bit. So, no go for me.
Nathan Blow
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very good book, very easy too read and full of twists and secrets
Jacob Carlson
great book its about ronack island
Brooke Banks
Source: Won,Adventures in YA & Children's Publishing.
Rating: Wobbly 3 Stars
Recommendable? Conditionally

I was all over the place with this one. There was a mix of the successful, acceptable, so-so, and lousy. Elemental felt like I would’ve, should’ve like it better, but couldn't. My hopes remain so close, yet so far.

When deciding a rating, it wobbled between 2 1/2 stars and 3. I went with the higher rating for benefit of the doubt and because I'm still hoping the next book, Firebrand will give
Hermes Aponte
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced, action-packed, and filled with tension: AMAZING!

I really, like really really, liked this book. It was definitely something different than my usual reads. It's dystopian, but there's a fantastical element that I really liked. Though elemental magic is a fairly common aspect of today's YA literature, I really like Antony's take on it and that for me made this book so much better. It was an absolutely joy to read and I will definitely be returning to it. It was full of action with a touch of romance, and
Lizzie  J
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book I had to read for my yearly reading challenge. I was supposed to find a book written by an author with my initials, so it was either this one or some very romance looking book.... Normally, I never would have picked up a book titled "Elemental," simply because it's a book about people with elemental powers, and I find that that story line has been done so, so many times.

I have actually only read one other story about someone with elemental powers, but the subject comes up so much
Morgan Kail-Ackerman
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Ravenous Biblioworm
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5/5

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Concept: intriguing. Characters: okay. Pacing: good. Story details: … there were things that I had issues with in regards to this. It wasn’t bad persay but it did leave me with a “hmmmm…” thought and musings. Even now as I write this, a day later, I find myself not entirely impressed nor did I think the book was forgettable. So it just comes down to being somewhat “meh” for me though I thought the idea behind the book was interestin
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Antony John was born in England and raised on a balanced diet of fish and chips, obscure British comedies, and ABBA's Greatest Hits. In a fit of teenage rebellion, he decided to pursue a career in classical music, culminating in a BA from Oxford University and a PhD from Duke University. Along the way, he worked as an ice cream seller on a freezing English beach, a tour guide in the Netherlands, a ...more

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