The Fourth Piece
by E. Ardell
Series: Order’s Last Play #1
Publication: July 8th 2016
Genre: Science Fiction
Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war…
Life is great when you’re good-looking and popular…so long as no one knows you’re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled “loser” quicker than being a full vader. So it’s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for human—until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option.
In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal danger and inherit a destiny that killed the last four guys cursed with it. In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heroes and monsters, choices and prophecies—and four brothers with the power to choose what’s left when the gods decide they’re through playing games.
Book I in the Order’s Last Play series.
The Fourth Piece grabbed my attention with its cover first and foremost. After reading the blurb I was still very much intrigued. The story sounded like nothing I had read before, and after reading the book I still maintain that feeling. It was definitely a unique story, and revolved around three alien brothers who all received a psychic SOS from their lost brother at the same time. Hence, the fourth piece.
The first few chapters really sucked me in and I longed to learn more about these brothers and their shared vision. I will admit the story was a bit confusing as it went on. I was forced to differentiate several different points of view that were a bit confused themselves. The story traveled into alien territory which made it interesting, but also added to the obscureness.
My personal opinion is that The Fourth Piece is a unique story that many sci-fi fans will probably love. I enjoyed it, and loved the mystery and action, but wasn’t over the moon about the book as a whole. I am a huge fan of the YA category, but parts of this book felt a little too immature for my taste.
~About the Author~
E. Ardell spent her childhood in Houston, Texas, obsessed with anything science fiction, fantastic, paranormal or just plain weird. She loves to write stories that feature young people with extraordinary talents thrown into strange and dangerous situations. She took her obsession to the next level, earning a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine where she specialized in young adult genre fiction. She’s a big kid at heart and loves her job as a teen librarian at Monterey Public Library in Monterey, California, where she voluntarily shuts herself in rooms with hungry hordes of teenagers and runs crazy after-school programs for them. When she’s not working, she’s reading, writing, running writers critique groups, trying to keep up with a blog, and even writing fan fiction as her guilty pleasure.
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