Release Date: November 4, 2016
Publisher: Prism Books
Genre: Young Adult / Dystopian / Science-Fiction
About the Book:
After her family is killed in the cleansing, Bethany’s purpose in life has changed. No longer will she be allowed to work to save her dying planet. As a slave, endurance is her goal as she marks each day as one moment closer to an eternity spent reunited with those she loved. But when her planet is invaded, everything changes. Now she must decide either to align herself with those from her planet who condemned her faith and killed her family, or with the warriors who have conquered her world. Ultimately her choice will mean life or death for more than just her planet’s ecosystem. She alone holds the key to a powerful secret, and the fate of the entire galaxy depends on her decision.
This is the first novel that I ever read by this author so I had no idea what to expect. I enjoy a good young adult dystopian novel, but it’s rare to find one within the Christian Fiction genre. Alone by Edie Melson doesn’t disappoint. This was a fun futuristic novel that where people from different planets and worldviews collide. In a world where Seekers (or Christians) are being persecuted for their beliefs and where believing in God is seen as weak.
This is one of the best sci-fi novels that I have read from a Christian perspective. While the world-building is quite far-fetched, it is very realistic at the same time. Our world could easily look like this in the future.
This was a fast-paced read with many unexpected twists and turns. I often found myself questioning who were the good and bad guys and what was really happening the entire time. Melson did a fantastic job crafting this one. I longed to know how the people were going to respond to the message of what was really going on as well as the choices that Bethany was going to make.
Melson gives a clear gospel message and encourages readers to take a bold stance in what they believe.
The romance was insta-love and almost hard to see in the beginning so it seemed to move a little too quickly, but overall, it was beautifully done.
Highly recommended for everyone of all ages!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Edie Melson
Edie Melson is a leading professional in the writing industry. She’s a sought-after writing instructor, and her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers all over the country. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, as well as a popular faculty member at numerous others.
She’s a prolific writer, publishing thousands of articles over the years, and has a popular writing blog, The Write Conversation. Edie is a regular contributor to the popular Novel Rocket and Inspire a Fire website, as well as social media mentor for My Book Therapy and the social media director for Southern Writers Magazine.
In keeping up with the leading edge of all things digital Edie has become known as one of the go-to experts on Twitter, Facebook, and social media for writers wanting to learn how to plug in. Her bestselling eBook on this subject has recently been updated and expanded and re-released as Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers.
Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, is Edie’s heart project. This devotional book for those with family members in the military debuted on Veterans Day, 2011.
Look for her two newest books for military families debuting in January 2014: While My Son Serves and While My Husband Serves.
She’s a member of numerous civic and professional organizations, including Blue Star Mothers, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, The Christian Pen, and American Christian Fiction Writers.