Title: Extracted (The Lost Imperials #1)
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin and Tyler Folley
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing, Inc.
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Steampunk
Setting: All over space and time!!
Source: Net Galley
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
Welcome to the war. The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it. The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens–their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream. Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war. When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Tesla Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back. Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again.
What I Say:
I requested this book off of Netgalley based solely on the cover. Then I read the blurb and thought that it still sounded interesting. What should be noted, however, is that the steampunk element of this book is minimal and not as well-developed as the other aspects of the book. It’s definitely more young adult romance than it is science fiction.
The writing is decent and the story flows. There’s lots of action and fight scenes and I thought that the backstory of the Tesla Institute was explained nicely. I just wish that, on the whole, the story had more depth and detail. At times, I felt like I was reading the second book in a series instead of the first. I think this book would be better suited for the younger teen set. I give it 3 hearts out of 5 because it’s entertaining and the writing didn’t feel amateurish. Still, 2 3/4 might be a better, more honest rating.