08 April 2015

Qualify (The Atlantis Grail #1) by Vera Nazarian

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

The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendents 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 class, 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.
This book was amazing! As a YA dystopian book, the world building was incredible! Set in 2047, an asteroid is scheduled to hit Earth and destroy the entire planet and everything on it. Another planet, Atlantis, offers to allow a select number of teenagers live on their planet. But, first they must Qualify and be deemed worthy of living among the Atlantians.

The story follows Gwen. As the oldest girl and second oldest of the Lark clan, she is also book smart. But, she is picked on for being nerdy and tries to avoid the popular crowd. Her smarts allow her to shine during Qualification. My only issue with Gwen was the fact that she was the only one able to come up with solutions to get through the scenarios during the Qualification “games”. I find it hard to believe that no one else could come up with anything.

Gwen’s relationship with Logan, her high school crush, was so unexpected. I suspect there is more to it, but I’ll gladly wait to see what the author does with them. But, Kass – the highest ranking pilot among the Atlantis people, takes a special interest in Gwen during trainings. I really, really, can’t wait to see where that goes!

Overall, this is such a good read and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good YA Dystopian. 


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