Review: Elemental by Emily White
Author: Emily White
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
ARC paperback, 260 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Source: From Publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn't mean she should.
But she wants to.
For ten years—ever since she was a small child—Ella has been held prisoner on an interstellar starship. Now that she has escaped, she needs answers.
Who is she? Why was she taken? And who is the boy with the beautiful green eyes who haunts her memories?
Is Ella the prophesied Destructor… or will she be the one who's destroyed?
Elemental is the first book in the Elemental Trilogy by Emily White. It begins with a big mystery. Ella is trapped in a prison. She has been for the last ten years. She doesn't know why she's there or how long she's been there. Circumstances arise and she's able to escape her captors but not before she learns some information that confuses and intrigues her. She is aided in her escape by a man named Meir. He takes care of Ella and she warms up to him almost instantly. She looks at him as a father figure. Their relationship develops rather quickly. Meir thinks of her as a daughter as well. He risks his life to save hers.
This book has some really interesting and entertaining characters in it. As the story unfolds, the mystery behind Ella is slowly revealed. Ella's purpose and reason for incarceration are revealed. She is found, betrayed, and hunted by those around her. Ella has great character development. She begins this story as almost a shell of a person. She just exists, nothing more, nothing less. After her escape the changes in Ella are evident.
For the most part this story is good. Some parts of the story as well as some relationships did feel rushed. This is the first book in the trilogy, so I hope that over the next two books more will be revealed about the characters and their back story. I love the science fiction/fantasy elements in this book as well. I definitely want to check out the next book in the trilogy. This series has great potential and I look forward to reading more.
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