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Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite
The Isles: The Terra Testimonies Volume 1 by Sara Francis begins with the destruction of the world by the Invaders. In the wake of the devastation the Invaders left behind, certain men called the Keepers have gathered thousands of survivors to six isles, which were prepared in advance to receive them. Alison, who remembers her former life, is one of the survivors, but she is very badly hurt and so receives some replacement “parts” to become a Bionic. Another survivor, Sami, is dosed with feline genetic material and she becomes a Mutant. Then there is Aaron, a Geek, someone who has been tested and has absorbed a vast amount of knowledge. In a society of ranks, each strives to rise to higher levels in their training for battle, but their dissatisfaction begins to grow - that the truth behind their existence is not what they have been led to believe. Seemingly encouraged by one of the Keepers, they search for answers, each using their particular skills. A battle is coming, but who is the enemy?
The Isles by Sara Francis is a well-crafted post-apocalyptic story set in an imaginatively conceived and intricately detailed version of our world, inhabited by characters with differing motives. The author has not only mastered telling a story through log entries but also through the eyes of three different characters. This is not an easy task, but the author did it well. The language of these youthful characters rings with authenticity and will resonate with young adult readers, but older readers will also find this book an entertaining beginning to a new series of science fiction, dystopian books. I look forward to the next continuing adventures of Alison, Sami, Aaron, and their friends.