2 July 2015

Review #260: Alive (The Generations Trilogy, #1) by Scott Sigler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” 

----Leon C. Megginson, an American author

Scott Sigler, the New York Times best-selling author, pens his new book, Alive which happens to be the first book in The Generationstrilogy, that traces the story of a young girl trapped inside a casket with no trace of her past or future, embarks upon a thrilling journey to find a way out from a mysterious corridor along with the few survivors. How did she got there in the first place? And how to find to way to save herself as well as the survivors who are looking upon her for her guidance?

These questions lead to this book and guys, I suggest you pick up a copy of this book right away to uncover the mind-boggling mystery behind the storyline, which the author himself asks his readers to keep it under wraps while writing a review!!


From New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler comes something utterly new: a gripping sci-fi adventure trilogy in the vein of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner. A group of young adults awake in a mysterious enclosed space with no knowledge of who they are or how they got there…and an indomitable young woman must lead them not only to answers but to survival.

A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.

A young girl named, Em (because of the initial M engraved at the foot of her casket), wakes up with no memory of her past or present of how she got trapped inside a coffin, finds herself confined in a room full of more similar looking caskets filled with the likes of her, who brain tuned to a 12 year old child but with a body of a young adult. Outside the room there is corridor filled with bones and dust, with no sign of life leading to the outside world. Immediately these group of survivors decide to make Em as their group leader who will lead them to the way out.

Well from the synopsis itself, it's pretty hard to guess what this book is all about, but this dystopian-styled thriller is thoroughly likeable, if you can somehow ignore the characterization and focus on the main plot. Yes, the book is themed in this fashion to make it sell-able, but honestly there was nothing so memorable to hold on to or that can asks the readers to say that it is indeed a page-turner.

The author's main focus was in the story-building and developing the mystery page-by-page. The more I read, the more it felt like drowning inside a twisting mystery that has no outcome, and unfortunately it goes on till the very end, which I.m pretty sure can put the readers off the radar to keep on reading this book, although the outcome of the mystery is worth the wait. As the story progresses the author kept on spinning a tangled web of suspense.

The author's writing style is quite articulate as well as engaging enough to keep the readers in the loop. The backdrop created by the author is vividly scary and is quite bound to give the readers a chill. The horrific and graphic descriptions of the scenes and the events unfolding in Em's surrounding, which gives a bone-chilling feel to those accounts. The narrative style is swift although there is not much conversation between the survivors, only thoughts spilling out from one character to another. The prose is easy to stay connected with the pace of the story which can be quite gripping at times.

The characters are not very strongly portrayed even the main protagonist, Em, who actually tends to behave like a strong human, but at times she can be quite annoying with all her thoughts about crushing upon all the male survivors, like how beautiful, how hot, and stuff like that. Moreover, she is chosen as the leader because she can stay clam without panicking about the death-trapped situation unlike the others. The male characters are okay and nor worth remembering with their demeanor ranging from childish to protective to smart, whereas on the other hand, the female characters are quite drab.

There is a bit of chemistry that is evident from the way the author was trying to form a love triangle between the main character and two of the survivors, although nothing concrete is layed upon the romantic aspect. There are lots of themes that layers the storyline like a big, thick, protective blanket, from religious ideals to leadership drama to trust issues to friendships. Overall, it is a promising dystopian novel that ends on a slight cliffhanger that I'm thoroughly looking forward to read it.

Now hear an excerpt from the book by clicking on the link below, which is from the audible version of the book. Don't miss to check it out, which have been narrated by Emma Galvin.

Audible Clip From Alive

Verdict: Thrilling, edgy and at times, it can blow your mind with the gravity of the story. Dystopian fans will love this one.

Courtesy: Thanks to the publishers for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book.

Author Info:
New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books.

In 2005, Scott built a large online following by releasing his audiobooks as serialized podcasts. A decade later, he still gives his stories away — for free — every Sunday at scottsigler.com. His loyal fans, who named themselves “Junkies,” have downloaded over thirty-five million individual episodes.

Scott is the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League series. He lives in San Diego, CA, with his dog Reesie.

Visit him here 

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  1. I have heard a lot of wonderful things about this book and a lot of people seem to like it! The only off putting things is knowing that there are characters which are not strongly portrayed and that the main character is annoying sometimes. I might have to skip out on it that way, because characters are important to me :/

  2. Yeah you can skip it, although it has got a strong storyline! Thanks bdw :)

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