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This pedometer geek reader recently finished an uncorrected proof of Scott Sigler’s “Alive” after reading the blurb on the back. This reader received a copy when a representative of Penguin visited the Huron Public Library last May. She talked about quite a few upcoming titles, and while this one was not one that she talked about, it was one of the choices from which attendees could pick. This is the less-extensive, spoiler-free review as the author specifically and politely requested: NO SPOILERS.

“Alive”
by Scott Sigler
Published by Del Ray, 2015
an imprint of Random House
ISBN: 978-0-553-39310-1

Because of the request to avoid spoilers, this review includes only what could be ascertained from reading the back cover blurb. Having said that, this novel is a YA science fiction novel, and is actually the first in The Generations trilogy. For this reader, it was also reminiscent of the dystopian genre.

Basically, a teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. Told from her perspective, she doesn’t know who she is, where she is, or how she got there. After fighting her way out, she discovers only the letters M. Savage on her coffin as well as other coffins in a dusty room. After opening a few other coffins, she further discovers others who share her fate.

Banding together, Em (as she calls herself) and her new compatriots/friends begin their adventures as she leads them out of their coffin room (becoming the de facto person in charge).

Who buried her (and them) and why is the gist of the story. While the story is a bit slow to start (partially because so many characters are introduced), soon the mystery surrounding Em and her friends moves along briskly making it imminently readable (that is, hard to put down). As the story continues, there are more mysteries to solve…often the action creates more questions than answers, yet that is part of the reason it is difficult to stop reading. The reader wants to know as much as Em does.

While the story is complete as is, (as mentioned above) this is the first in a trilogy. This reader is looking forward to reading “Alight” (the next book) to discover what happens next to Em and the other teens.

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