TITLE: Extraction (Extraction #1)
AUTHOR: Stephanie Diaz
PUBLICATION: July 22nd 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin
GENRE: YA > Dystopia | SciFi
PAGES: 416pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: e-arc via tour host
RATING: 3 ★★★
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“Welcome to Extraction testing.”
Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.
What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.
Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.
With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game and leave them breathless for more.
I don’t like book comparing. Loathed it, actually. It brings false expectations and angry readers with raging disappointments. I must admit, I did compare Extraction from Divergent, from a lot of dystopia books that I’ve ever read even. How can I not? The blurb already did it for us. And as I finished it, I was completely torn. It’s not what I’m hoping for, but I wasn’t disappointed either. Am I the only one who ever had this feeling?
Extracted started pretty slow for me but I just realized that this is a first book in a series therefore all information might be necessary. To be completely honest, Extraction is pretty hard for me to review. There’s just a lot of conflicting issues for me. It’s a case of “ugh-i hate-this but i-also-love-that.” I know, it doesn’t make sense. But to be fair, Dystopia isn’t really my cup of tea. I tend to DNF them a lot. So because I’m still a little confuse, I’ll just break it down to my Cons and Pros.
1. Similarities – I can’t help it. It’s there. I am not saying that the story is carbon copy, NO. But where the book got it’s influence is soooo obvious. Like you can really know who and what did the author used for inspiration.
2. Love Triangle threatening – (lol, yes this is a thing) There are some scenes like I feel like it’s going there.. That somehow even though the romance is wonderdul already, there will be a love triangle in the sequel. So I’m really pleading that it doesn’t happen. The romance isn’t perfect and I think it needs a lot of emotional development, but as I said above, it’s already wonderful.
1. Original and fascinating setting. I don’t even know what my face looks like when Clementine is describing her world.
It’s so cool. I’ve never encountered this kind of world before. It’s mesmerizing and terrifying and I LOVE IT.
2. Likeable heroine. I’ve seen reviews and there’s a lot of Clementine hate going on. And I honestly understand their points but we have to consider that Clem is just 16. And personally, her response to the things that she’s been going through is pretty normal and convincing.
3. Slow building romance. Okay, it needs a lot of emotional development. A lot. And Logan is pretty much not in the picture most of the time so I am really hoping that we see so much of him in the next bookssss. He’s an interesting and swoon worthy love interest.
I dont want to spoil anyone so I’ll wrap up this review. I’m keeping it short because I think this book needs to be read without anyone affecting their opinion of the book. Do I recommend this? YES. And I want to know what you think. Will I read the sequel? YES. The last few chapters are intense and Logan is on the picture again… so…. All in all, Extraction is a pleasant read for me. It’s not like that book, it can definitely stand on its own. Stephanie Diaz gained a new fan right here. *waves*
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Wye Oak – Civilian
Lindsey Stirling & Pentatonix – Radioactive (cover)
Twenty-one-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her debut novel, Extraction, when she should’ve been making short films and listening to college lectures at San Diego State University. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows