by Stephanie Diaz
Series: Extraction #1
Publication date: July 22nd 2014
by St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Source: eARC from publisher/NetGalley
“Welcome to Extraction testing.”
Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.
What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.
Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.
With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game and leave them breathless for more.
Extraction is told from Clementine’s point of view from a planet called Keil. The planet reminds me much of our own except that the surface dwellers must be protected by an atmospheric shield because the ozone layer has long since been fried and the moon releases a very toxic acid. The higher class residents live below the surface in the Core and that is where all the poor kids on the surface hope to get on their sixteenth birthdays. That’s when the Extraction testing happens. If you don’t meet The Developers standards, you’re sent back to your miserable life working at least twelve hours a day in the fields and waiting to be terminated, not past your twentieth birthday. Everyone knows what happens if you don’t pass, but what happens if you do win the grand prize and are transported to the Core?
The world building in Extraction is spot on. I could easily visualize the planet and the living conditions on the surface as I was reading. The contrast between the surface and the Core was incredible, which gave the story a real sense of depth. The characters were easy to relate to, especially once the story moved to the Core. The uncertainty reminded me a little bit of a movie called The Island which I loved. The storytelling and imagery had nothing to do with the movie, but just the sense that something wasn’t right. That going to the Core (just like going to the Island) wasn’t all unicorns and rainbows like the people in charge promised.
There are twists and turns that you don’t see coming in this tale, a constant feeling of intrigue that urges the reader on, and even some romance. Besides the little bit of lag I felt here and there, it was a really great book and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. I highly recommend it to dystopian and sci-fi fans!
~About the Author~
Twenty-one-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her debut novel, Extraction, when she should’ve been making short films and listening to college lectures at San Diego State University. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows.
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