About the Book
Author: Kristen Young
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction
Release date: September 14, 2021
Where do you find safety when your world is falling apart?
Apprentice Flick thought the Elite Academy was the answer to all her problems. But the revelation of her past turned everything upside down. Now, she is caught between two worlds set on a collision course.
Will she embrace the chaotic memories that flood her every waking moment? Or will she run to the security of her Elite training?
Discovering her parents’ identities takes her to a secret underground bunker where she finds new friends, opportunities, and maybe even love. But Flick must decide where her allegiances lie soon, or the Triumph of Love festival might bring about her demise.
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I need to confess that I had not read the first book, Apprentice, before jumping into Elite, and while there were a few times I felt lost, I still really enjoyed Elite. So much so that I want to go back and read Apprentice (hopefully before the next book comes out!).
I loved being immersed in the dystopian world of the Love Collective, however, it was unnerving to read at times because I could easily see the parallels with our own world. It really seemed like something that could happen, especially the Love Collective and it’s rules, it honestly reminded me a lot of today’s cancel culture. Yet it was also fascinating and I have so many questions about this world, questions I am sure that will be answered in time.
I also found it interesting that God is referred t as the Composer, Christ as Lyric, and the Holy Spirit as Muse. Is this because their names were forgotten throughout history? Or is there some other reason? In some ways it made sense, but it also seemed like an odd choice. However, I did love seeing how Kerr Flick (Cadence) is tasked with learning the different parts of the Song (the Bible), to me I can imagine that this is similar to what the early Church had to do, as well as in countries today that are more hostile to the open worship of Christ.
Overall, this was a very compelling and interesting read and I can’t wait to read more set in this world, as well as see what happens to Cadence and the rest of the Sirens next. 4/5 Stars.
*I received a copy of the book from the author and Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author
A Scottish-born Australian author, Kristen Young has worked in children’s and youth ministry for decades. She writes fiction and non-fiction for teens, and always has a notebook on hand to capture stray story ideas. In her spare time she loves hanging out with her family, watching movies with subtitles, and enjoying a little too much chocolate.
More from Kristen
“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” ― G.K. Chesterton.
Why do we write fiction? There are lots of reasons, really. We write because we have something
to say. Maybe we write because we just love creating stories. Perhaps we love to entertain. Or
perhaps we write because the stories want to be heard, and we’re just letting them fly.
Or perhaps we know that people want stories for a deeper reason. When life is hard, and work
is a struggle, and the world seems just a little too difficult, it’s a great time to escape into a
different place. Another world, where even though bad things happen, we know there will be a
The responsibility of authors is a heavy one. Our readers entrust their imaginations to us for a
short time, allowing us to draw them into a different place. We give them people to follow, and
let them see the world through other eyes. Dilemmas, threats, relationships and opportunities
— all of these things provide a journey for readers, and give them the chance to explore
alternate ways of dealing with life’s problems. We give people the thrill of knowing that even
under the heaviest challenges, there is a chance to grow and survive.
Chesterton said that children didn’t need to learn about dragons, but to know the dragons could
be overcome. Perhaps even as adults we need a little bit of that, too.
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