Rated 4.43/5 based on 7 reviews
Nerd, geek, and awkward smart girl Gwen Lark must compete against other Earth teens, including high school crush Logan Sangre, in order to Qualify for interplanetary rescue from an asteroid apocalypse, in this high-octane dystopian thriller from a Nebula Award Finalist, in the vein of DIVERGENT and THE HUNGER GAMES. Now optioned for development as a feature film series and/or TV series. More
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About Vera Nazarian

VERA NAZARIAN is a two-time Nebula Award Finalist, 2018 Dragon Award Finalist, award-winning artist, a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and a writer with a penchant for moral fables and stories of intense wonder, true love, and intricacy.

She immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and magazines, and has seen her fiction translated into eight languages.

She is the author of critically acclaimed novels DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE and LORDS OF RAINBOW, the outrageous parodies MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES and NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS, and most recently, PRIDE AND PLATYPUS: MR. DARCY'S DREADFUL SECRET in her humorous and surprisingly romantic Supernatural Jane Austen Series, as well as the Renaissance epic fantasy COBWEB BRIDE Trilogy.

Her bestselling and award-winning series THE ATLANTIS GRAIL is now a cross-genre phenomenon -- a high-octane YA / teen dystopian apocalyptic science fiction adventure, romance, and historical mystery thriller -- has been optioned for film, and is in development as a major motion picture franchise or TV series.

After many years in Los Angeles, Vera lives in a small town in Vermont, and uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.

Her official author website is http://www.veranazarian.com

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About the Series: The Atlantis Grail
A dystopian teen adventure and romance series about competition to survive an asteroid apocalypse on Earth and be rescued by the space colony of Atlantis.

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Reviews of Qualify by Vera Nazarian

David Thompson reviewed on Aug. 13, 2021

As others have said this is a bit Hunger Gamesy but I found it very engaging and I could hardly wait to find out what happened next.
I found the writing style to be very good, I cringe at the grammar and spelling mistakes found in some self published books.
Very credit worthy especially when you take into account the authors background. Well done Vera!
I'm just about to buy the next installment.
(review of free book)
Travis Siegel reviewed on April 28, 2021

Rather intense book. Very good story, and although it's a bit dark, it's an extremely well put together story. I'm going to add the rest of the books in the series to my to read shelf.
It has some issues, (like why the asteroid can't be deflected, I mean, it's got 2 years before it hits, you wouldn't need very much of a push to get it off course. The book claims they did push it, but not enough. I don't know the math for this kind of thing, but a movement of only a few inches should be enough to push it far enough off course since it will have more than two years to build up distance from it's original vector, but I guess since the entire premise of the story is this thing hitting the planet, it had to be there, but still, I don't buy it, not with all the technology they brought to the table. Regardless, this minor irritant does nothing to detract from the enjoyment of the story.
(review of free book)
Lee Willard reviewed on April 3, 2021

I wasn't the only one to see echoes of 'Hunger Games' in this. The plot is about the Earth about to be destroyed by a giant asteroid. A couple years before impact Earth is approached by people from Atlantis who have colonized another planet twelve thousand years ago and have now come back to same SOME of the people of Earth from extinction. They will choose one out of four hundred teens on Earth by subjecting them to a series of tests and competitions. Only those who qualify will be saved. The whole story is the training and competition for qualification.

The story is quite well done, the author is a pro after all, and an immigrant who learned English as probably a third language. In spite of that her prose is better than just about all that in free sci-fi. The proofreading is excellent. The characters are quite realistic for teens any time from the 60's to the 90's, but this is supposed to happen in 2047, a generation after it was published. Maybe by then teen life will have come back out of the phone, but the characters are way too 'off-line' for today. They've gone back to real world bullying instead of cyber bullying. The main character also seems to be a bit unrealistically overwhelmed by the sight of a large bicep, to the point of being unable to speak. They are perhaps a bit less interested in sex than my cohort or my children's cohort was, but maybe a bit more than they are today.

The story works pretty well as a 'Coming of Age'. It's much more about social position and competition and less about sexual maturity. There is a fair amount of violence, some rather gruesome. The author is not afraid to inflict pain on her characters, unlike me, I feel every wound they receive so I'm quite reluctant to hurt them. I also think it's a bit unrealistic that these kids would carry on thru some of their torments, but then it often happens that we do what we have to do when the time comes.

My main criticism of the story is really with the premise itself. The most minor is my own belief that Atlantis of legend was actually the Minoan civilization that flourished in the Aegean during the Bronze Age. It is true they left when their island exploded and sank beneath the sea because just about no human remains have been found in the excavations. The most sensible thing I've seen about that says they probably escaped to the eastern Mediterranean and founded Phoenicia. That's minor, what I think is pretty nonsensical is that they would set up this elaborate qualification process for teens all over the world. It is unlikely that they would come back here in Earth's time of need and set up a scenario that could really have no other purpose than building an exciting story for young adults. They are unlikely to do anything like that at all, and if they did, they would do it for humanitarian purposes, or to provide some value to themselves. There are also some problems with the technology of Atlantis. They run everything off the energy of sound waves, but there is very little energy in sound. Even if all the energy put into your speakers was converted to sound, we are talking about a hundred watts or so. In truth most of the energy put into your speakers is transformed to heat in the coils that move the cones back and forth and only a small fraction is actually in the sound. That a person singing can produce enough energy to keep a flying saucer in the air is just not happening. Nor is a material that can convert the energy in sound to a force that can keep it up in the presence of Earth's gravity. The other thing I find rather unlikely is a civilization that can travel between the stars but cannot deflect an asteroid. If there was on out there that could wipe out all life on Earth by 2047, we would almost for sure know about it today, and we, without any help from Atlantis, could probably figure out a way to deflect it in time. Or let me say we could do the engineering. Whether we have the political will to do so is problematic.

This book is the start of a four part series, the others are not free. This book does bring the qualification part of the story to a conclusion, but does not solve the problem of what to do with the remaining doomed people of Earth. One thing I'm quite sure of, there is no conceivable way to evacuate a whole planet.
(review of free book)
Hannes Birnbacher reviewed on March 21, 2021

Is it possible to write a plausible (!) novel comprising martial arts (all types: empty-hand defense, knive and sword, assault rifle, ...), some sort of holiday or is it boot camp for teenager, a sort of world-wide Olympic Games, faster-than-light space travel, a "Cannonball" race through U.S., scenes like "Running man" from Stephen King alias Richard Bachman, the enigma how the Egyptian pyramids could have been constructed thousands of years ago, a network of espionage, the basics of music theory and operatic singing, the mysterious disappearance of Atlantis, the physics of sub-sea tunnels and much more?
No, it is not possible, but it results in 700 pages enthralling reading matter. It begins very calm with the tender love of sweet schoolgirl Gwen to her classmate Logan, but very soon gets exciting and dramatic. Novel characters are not stereotypical but finely modeled, and you soon begin to turn pages hoping for their success.
(review of free book)
Stormswift reviewed on April 1, 2019

A dystopian novel reminiscent of the Hunger Games.

When Earth is threatened by an extinction level event (an asteroid), all hope is lost until humans from another galaxy (from the fabled Atlantis) offer a chance for some. 10 million teenagers will have a chance to flee Earth via 2000 ark ships. There's catch, instead of a lottery, teenagers who want to qualify for a place on the ark ships will have to endure brutal contests where they are allowed and even encouraged to kill each other.

Gwen Lark is a below average candidate until her powerful voice is revealed, a voice that'll give her an edge.
(review of free book)
UL137 reviewed on Jan. 6, 2018

Amazing!! Loved this book... ♥
(review of free book)
Alysa H reviewed on Nov. 16, 2016

The first chapter wasn't very good and nearly put me off the book... but I'm glad I stuck with it because this turned out pretty great! Full of original ideas, even as it is so clearly influenced by other popular YA dystopian novels, and many great characters. There was clear character progression, as well as excellent action sequences -- and not too many of them! -- and a few plot twists that I didn't see coming and very much enjoyed. I look forward to the next book in the series.

That said, the premise may be too over-the-top for some readers, and the writing is not always as good as I know Vera Nazarian can produce. The whole book could use editing, as well as more copy-editing.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
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