You have two options.
You die, or you Qualify.
The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver ships to offer humanity help.
But there’s a catch.
They can only take a tiny percent of the Earth’s population back to the colony planet Atlantis. And in order to be chosen, you must be a teen, you must be bright, talented, and athletic, and you must Qualify.
Sixteen-year-old Gwenevere Lark is determined not only to Qualify but to rescue her entire family.
Because there’s a loophole.
If you are good enough to Qualify, you are eligible to compete in the brutal games of the Atlantis Grail, which grants all winners the laurels, high tech luxuries, and full privileges of Atlantis Citizenship. And if you are in the Top Ten, then all your wildest wishes are granted… such as curing your mother’s cancer.
There is only one problem.
Gwen Lark is known as a klutz and a nerd. While she’s a hotshot in classics, history, science, and languages, the closest she’s come to sports is a backyard pool and a skateboard.
This time she is in over her head, and in for a fight of her life, against impossible odds and world-class competition — including Logan Sangre, the most amazing guy in her class, the one she’s been crushing on, and who doesn’t seem to know she exists.
Because every other teen on Earth has the same idea.
You Qualify or you die.
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Series: The Atlantis Grail #1
Author: Vera Nazarian
Publisher: Norilana Books
Ever since The Selection and The Hunger Games, I’ve always been looking for competition-themed books/series. I found some listed on the right side down below, but this one was everything on the list: competing, life or death situations, room-and-board, romance, and best of all… limelight moments.
I’m a sucker for the MC always getting the spotlight, alright? Guilty. But I loved what the author did with Gwen. She sees herself as a dork not worth a second glance, especially when her own high school crush doesn’t know she exists, but this world-wide competition proves that she just may be one of best candidates. Her ace card?
I love that singing has become such a huge part of Atlantis’ culture and way of life. It’s how they operate everything in their world and what they expect the children of earth to know. Very unique in that aspect. The competitions themselves were great and thrilling, and though it was a very thick read, I enjoyed every page. A little lengthy for some, but if you’re really into it, there’s no way you’d complain about there being more.
There’s only one thing I want to complain about, and it’s her crush. He was cool in the beginning but afterwards I just got annoyed with him, especially because I was rooting for the other guy. In cases like these, it reminded me that I was reading a YA-range novel, but I was still blown away by the world, the plot and the do-or-die of it all. Definite recommend if you love action, tournaments, aliens, and acapella.