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Review: Elevated (Elevated Saga #1)

Daniel Solomon Kaplan - Elevated

Rose doesn’t want to be an Elevated. She refuses to have her power unlocked on Elevation Day, unlike her other classmates. The irreversible treatment reveals powers that range from a benefit or a nuisance. For her father, it transformed him into an Unsound, forcing him to a life of exile.

Her hand is forced after a chance encounter with a previously undiscovered power activates her ability. Living as an Undocumented Elevated, Rose needs the help of others who hide under the government’s radar to learn to control her unwanted power. Among them, she unravels secrets about the treatment, the powers, and what happened to her father. Fed up with lies, Rose wants nothing more than to learn the whole truth–even if it means accepting her fate as an Elevated.

Elevated is the first book in a young adult sci-fi series, which takes its inspiration from comic book adventure stories.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinion in anyway.

When I got an email about this book, I got pretty excited because it’s basically about superheroes. Who doesn’t love superheroes? In this book, all young people get a chance to discover their secret power. However, a lot of them aren’t particularly useful powers and so some people have a far better life than others due to the power they end up with. Rose doesn’t want to be Elevated because her father ended up as an Unsound, someone with a dangerous power, but she ends up not having much of a choice.

I enjoyed the story line in this book. Plenty was happening most of the time and the book had an interesting story to tell. It was fast-paced and I got through this book very quickly because of that. Some of the scenes I enjoyed the most was when the group of friends were planning to break into places. However, I do wish that there was more about the actual process of how people got their powers – Fliers, for example, came out of their Elevation Day with wings they didn’t have before and I want to know how exactly they get those.

Character-wise, my feelings are a bit more mixed. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Rose, the main character. She seemed quite mean and tended to say nasty things about some of the other characters. She did get better towards the end though. Similarly, I wasn’t a fan of her best friend, Aaron. He was really mean and spoke horribly about every single person who’d chosen to become Elevated. I did like Zach and Elliot though. They were both lovely characters, and it was quite nice that they didn’t end up part of a love triangle. Actually, there was barely any romance at all! I loved that aspect of things.

Overall, this book had a great storyline, but could’ve done with a little more would building. Some of the characters are very likeable, and although some are really mean, it doesn’t detract from the story. It’s a quick read and rather fun.


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