Qualify (The Atlantis Grail book 1) by Vera Nazarian

This is the first book in The Atlantis Grail series.

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 school, 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

I love this series.

I’m re-reading it… again, in preparation for the next book being almost ready, and since I didn’t review it then, I’m doing it now.

This is my all time favourite series. The storyline is brilliant, the plot flows brilliantly and the characters are absolutely brilliant.

You know a book is written well when you’re in love with the characters.

I’m completly in love with Aeson.

Completely.

He is the best thing ever to be written. I might be saying this because I’ve read these books before, but reading these books again is just as good as the first time I did. I’m just falling in love with him all over again.

Gwen is a brilliant character. She’s not the strongest, and she is by far not the best person competing, but her clever mind and crazy tactics save the day. I absolutely love reading her journey and I enjoy seeing her interactions with Aeson.

The storyline is brilliant. I love the dystopian and apocalyptic feel. The Atlantis culture we learn about is interesting. The qualifying trials are also interesting and exciting to read. I also love the fact that not everything always goes according to plan. Things are brutal. It only adds to the excitement of the story.

Overall, this series is simply brilliant. It’s my favourite, so I would definitely recommend it. Even if only to read about Aeson.

My rating: 5/5*

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