Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review: Project ELE

Project ELE (ELE, #1)

Project ELE

By Courtney Nuckels and Rebecca Gober

Summary: Millions have already died, and thousands more are perishing daily. As a last ditch effort to preserve the human race, the government implements Project ELE. With the earth heating at rapid speeds, all remaining survivors are forced to turn to F.E.M.A. shelters to wait out ELE's wrath.

Fifteen-year-old Willow Mosby's life, as she knows it, ends the moment she walks through the shelter's door. Willow has to quickly adapt to the new challenges that shelter life demands, the least of which includes making new friends and working a full time job.

Soon after making an interesting discovery, Willow and her friends start exhibiting strange abilities. Seeking answers, they embark on a mission to find out what these new abilities mean and whether they are a gift or a curse.

This new adventure can send her world crashing down around her. The question is: Can Willow survive the fall?
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Dystopian, Fantasy, YA

Published: July 30, 2012

Similar: Currently N/A

My Rating: 2.5 stars

2.5 stars

I had many high hoped for this book when I read the reviews. It seemed like a perfect book for me. But the many grammar errors in this book made it lose much of its luster. And I had the revised version, I am sure of it, because it has the revised version cover.

The first thing I did not like about this story was, as stated above, the spelling and grammar errors. At one point, I had to giggle when I read this sentence:
Excitement coerces through me when we reach our cave.
(In case you missed it: coerce means to force somebody. It should be course.)

But that was not the only spelling/grammar mistake that had me groaning. There were almost never question marks after questions, and commas were repeatedly left out, making it confusing to read the story. I'm not being an English teacher here; I wouldn't care, but I like reading my story without being confused as to what the heck that sentence was supposed to mean. Even people who may not care about grammar in stories can find this annoying.

I also wasn't a big fan of all the gushy names. Alec and Zach almost always called Willow sugar, baby, honey, etc. I just wanted them to call her by her actual name for once; a few times is cute, but if you never call her by her real name, it gets annoying.

And, the romance was cheesy. Sorry. Claire and Connor weren't too bad, but in every other scene Willow and Alec are making out and Alec is saying something like, 'I am so glad you didn't die because I can't imagine life without you in it.' That's paraphrased; it sounded worse when I read it.

Also, at the beginning it seems like Willow is this kick-butt, Maximum Ride-ish heroine. Nope. She has her moments, but at most parts I saw here as being rather weak.

There were things I liked, of course. The ending was amazing. The beginning was too. It was the main part that I hated.

The big question is, will I read the next book in the series? I don't know that myself; with that ending I may just have to. Let's hope it's edited this time, though!

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