Blog Tours, Reviews

Blog Tour & Review – Embassy

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Book – Embassy
Author – S. Alex Martin
Genre – YA Sci-Fi

Publisher – Createspace
Release Date – 1st of January 2014


Synopsis:

Arman Lance was supposed to travel the galaxy with his father, not watch him die. He was supposed to experience the adventures from his father’s stories, not isolate himself from the world. He was going to join the Embassy Program, fly across the galaxy, and find Ladia Purnell, a girl from another planet whom he loved years before.

Clinging to his fading hopes and dreams, Arman joins the Embassy Program to fulfill that last promise. If he can reach Ladia, he’ll never have to worry, never have to feel alone. But it doesn’t take long for his plan to fall apart when he’s confronted by his fellow Embassy recruit, Glacia Haverns, the ever-smiling adrenaline junkie who decides it’s her job to show Arman there’s more to life than chasing a desperate obsession.

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Review:

This book made me tear up when Arman, the main male protagonist (we get so few of them), had to say goodbye to his family, before leaving for the Embassy and his new adventurous life.

This was a fast-paced and action-packed, gripping your attention type of read.  Descriptions were woven into the story, keeping the pace and giving you insight into the world.  While I did find some grammatical errors, this did not distract (much) from the story.

Life on the spaceship was filled with information and fascinating to read about.  Also, the references to the different planets and foods had my mouth watering.  And they still had coffee!!  (The universal drink of non-morning people)!

The number of character names to keep track of should have been overwhelming, (and I did sometimes switch characters around in my head) but somehow was only mildly annoying at times.

Arman (the protagonist) and Glacia’s friendship was so incredibly sweet, but sometimes Arman can be such a thick-headed jerk.  And there was no mention of any insta-love what-so-ever!  Thank you!!

Belvun, the planet they journey to is described as: “The sunlight burns my eyes because they are still adjusted to the dim halls of the station. My nose, however, works just fine. So when I take my first breath of this new air, a sour, almost fruity scent floods my nostrils. The aroma tickles my brain. I in-hale through my mouth—and oh! I can taste it! Does the whole planet smell like this? Undil smells like dust and dirt, and who wants to breathe dirt? Not me, no sir, no way. But this… I could drink this stuff. Fill me up a glass, pronto.

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Look around! The trees! The hills! The gra—woah, the grass is orange! And what’s that big gray thing beyond the trees? Is that a mountain? It’s huge! And look at the clouds! They’re white and puffy and keep changing shape and—hold on. The sky is light pink, not blue.”

The characters are flawed, human and relatable.

The last few chapters will leave you emotional and ready to read the second installment.


Author Bio:

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S. Alex Martin grew up fascinated with astronomy and reading Harry Potter. His books reflect his vision for the future of humanity in the way of space exploration. He hopes to help inspire that same love of the final frontier in another generation to do his part to help progress humanity a little further.

In the words of Stephen Hawking: “There should be no boundary to human endeavor.”

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