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ISAN by Mary Ting - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

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Mary Ting
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into our quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.
Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her “better.” To receive the serum, Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.
While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

My Review

ISAN's a fun, intriguing novel full of badass girls and secrets. Lots and lots of secrets.

The world has gone to hell in a hand basket, as it does, and now there are four quadrants governed by a Council. Amongst all of the remnants is ISAN. What is ISAN? It's the International Sensory Assassin Network. Say what? Yeah, assassins. And they're all teenage girls who've been orphaned and/or 'saved' from juvenile detention.

Meet Ava, our female hero. Her parents are dead, and she's been struggling to survive each day. She gets locked up, but is then offered the chance to start a new life by becoming an assassin for ISAN. Yeah, say that five times fast.

Anyway... Ava agrees and is injected with this serum that heightens all of her senses. She can hear so much more, sense so much more, etc. She's also the team leader for her group of girls. They're the 'best of the best', according to their higher ups. 

And because Ava is so awesome, she and her team get sent on a mission to take down some guy. They don't really know why, but their job is to follow orders. Get in. Get out. Easy, right?

Wrong. While on this mission, Ava is kidnapped by a rebel group, and that's when things start to get turned upside down. Little truths are slowly revealed, and now Ava has to figure out who, and what, to believe.

I really enjoyed ISAN, although I'll admit I was a little confused when I first started it. It kinda jumps right into things, and it took a bit to get settled in with what was going on and whatnot.

Character-wise, I really liked Ava. She was loyal to her team, strong, and she didn't necessarily trust everyone so willingly and freely. And I liked how she didn't just immediately let her emotions get the best of her. She was intelligent most of the time.

I also liked Rhett. He seemed like a really good guy who just wanted the truth to be known. He wanted Ava to understand that her life wasn't what she thought it was.

There are, of course, characters who kinda suck. Like, you'll end up hating them because they're awful. That's to be expected, though.

Overall, I thought ISAN did a nice job with the pacing of the plot, although, like I said, I was a little confused at first. The world building was good, although I'd like to see and know more about the other quadrants. Other than that, though, I found myself sucked into the story, and by the time I finished, I was eager for more.

I'd recommend ISAN to fans of young adult dystopian novels. It gets four stars from me.
Author Bio:
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.


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  1. Thanks for being on the tour! This sounds like a well built world and interesting plot! :)


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