Qualify

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 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

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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