Qualify

Title: Qualify

Series: The Atlantis Grail Book 1

Author: Vera Nazarian

Published: December 20, 2014 by Norilana Books

Price: Free on Kindle.

☆☆/5

Blurb: You have two options. You die, or you Qualify.

The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver ships to offer humanity help.

But there’s a catch.

They can only take a tiny percent of the Earth’s population back to the colony planet Atlantis. And in order to be chosen, you must be a teen, you must be bright, talented, and athletic, and you must Qualify.

Sixteen-year-old Gwenevere Lark is determined not only to Qualify but to rescue her entire family.

Because there’s a loophole.

If you are good enough to Qualify, you are eligible to compete in the brutal games of the Atlantis Grail, which grants all winners the laurels, high tech luxuries, and full privileges of Atlantis Citizenship. And if you are in the Top Ten, then all your wildest wishes are granted… Such as curing your mother’s cancer.

There is only one problem.

Gwen Lark is known as a klutz and a nerd. While she’s a hotshot in classics, history, science, and languages, the closest she’s come to sports is a backyard pool and a skateboard.

This time she is in over her head, and in for a fight of her life, against impossible odds and world-class competition–including Logan Sangre, the most amazing guy in her school, the one she’s been crushing on, and who doesn’t seem to know she exists.

Because every other teen on Earth has the same idea.


You Qualify or you die .

Review: I just…cannot get into this book. The writing is just subpar from the get-go and for 600 pages of this? I am just not excited. I need the writing to hook me in because that’s a lot.

I got to chapter 2, which is 3% of the book…I’m not happy about it, but I just had no desire to keep reading. To force myself to read that much more.

I kind of doubt that it would get better further down the line, because I need to be hooked and invested by at least the first chapter. By the first couple of pages.

I think…it was because the writing felt long-winded to me. I have on highlighted sentence for an example. “Voices of various morning news show talking heads sound from the living room TV smart wall.” Even just reading that sentence again, I’m confused.

I feel like this is also some kind of intergalactic hunger games type of book, but the long winded writing just didn’t make me want to keep reading. And the heavy focus on her name and comparing everything to Camelot. I get it, she’s named after the queen of Camelot, but is that going to have any baring on if she survives or not? I don’t know and I’m not all that interested to find out.

Thank you for reading my review.

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