About the Book
Author: Kristen Young
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction
Release date: September 14, 2021
Where do you find safety when your world is falling apart?
Apprentice Flick thought the Elite Academy was the answer to all her problems. But the revelation of her past turned everything upside down. Now, she is caught between two worlds set on a collision course.
Will she embrace the chaotic memories that flood her every waking moment? Or will she run to the security of her Elite training?
Discovering her parents’ identities takes her to a secret underground bunker where she finds new friends, opportunities, and maybe even love. But Flick must decide where her allegiances lie soon, or the Triumph of Love festival might bring about her demise.
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About the Author
A Scottish-born Australian author, Kristen Young has worked in children’s and youth ministry for decades. She writes fiction and non-fiction for teens, and always has a notebook on hand to capture stray story ideas. In her spare time she loves hanging out with her family, watching movies with subtitles, and enjoying a little too much chocolate.
More from Kristen
“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” ― G.K. Chesterton.
Why do we write fiction? There are lots of reasons, really. We write because we have something
to say. Maybe we write because we just love creating stories. Perhaps we love to entertain. Or
perhaps we write because the stories want to be heard, and we’re just letting them fly.
Or perhaps we know that people want stories for a deeper reason. When life is hard, and work
is a struggle, and the world seems just a little too difficult, it’s a great time to escape into a
different place. Another world, where even though bad things happen, we know there will be a
The responsibility of authors is a heavy one. Our readers entrust their imaginations to us for a
short time, allowing us to draw them into a different place. We give them people to follow, and
let them see the world through other eyes. Dilemmas, threats, relationships and opportunities
— all of these things provide a journey for readers, and give them the chance to explore
alternate ways of dealing with life’s problems. We give people the thrill of knowing that even
under the heaviest challenges, there is a chance to grow and survive.
Chesterton said that children didn’t need to learn about dragons, but to know the dragons could
be overcome. Perhaps even as adults we need a little bit of that, too.
Elite is a Dystopian/Science Fiction book that is written by Kristen Young. This is book two in the Collective Underground series. I have read book one. You can read my review of Book One (Apprentince) HERE. I would recommend reading these books in order since there is a lot that goes on that you will want to have the full spectrum.
In this book, Flick is starting to have memories that are resurfacing. Flick starts to learn more and more about who she is, what her real name is, where she came from and so much more. Flick goes through some sort of evolution throughout this book. She goes through a lot of emotions as her memories come back. She struggles to feel accepted. I think we can all relate to this at one point or another in this aspect. Since this is geared toward young adults, I love that the main character goes through this.
The characters are well written, the story line is intriguing. It was good to see Flick grow from book 1 to book 2. This is a great young adult book. I would recommend reading this series in order to fully grasp the story.
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all thoughts are my own.
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