Review: The Broken Destiny – Carlyle Labuschagne
All her life, Ava has had questions about her true existence. Questions that no one else has been able to answer for a very long time. Her mother’s journal has given her a bit of insight as to who and what she is, but it hasn’t been as forth-coming as she’d thought it’d be. The journal has succeeded in making her question things even more, inciting the urge she harbors deep within to find the answers to those very questions. She’d love nothing more to do just that, but the fact that no one else, aside from her best friend, knows about the journal’s existence which keeps her from uttering a word about it.
Immersing herself in her studies, something she loaths to do, even though she knows it’s a necessity, Ava soon realizes that people aren’t quite friendly towards her. They see her as an enigma, something they can’t quite explain or understand. Part of her knows this has to do with the fact that she’s one of The Broken, a genetically enhanced breed created to survive evolution during the last years of Earth’s existence. While not much is known about her kind, she knows there’s more than meets the eye. People are whispering and she wants to know why.
Her best friend, Sam, knows about her origins. She understands the things Ava’s going through, even if they can’t openly talk about it. The two of them have gotten into trouble more times than Ava can count, something the school’s faculty have started to become privy to. In their eyes, she and Sam need to be separated and they’ll do anything to achieve that. Unfortunately, Ava’s not willing to play by their rules.
Surviving an attack one day, Ava finds herself in the midst of the Minoan community, a group considered to be social outcasts. Believing that those who’ve saved her are truly good people, she begins to learn more about them and of where they came from. Befriending the boy who’d rescued her along with his sister, she finds herself falling under his spell. In her mind, he’s her beloved savior and she’s willing to give things with him a chance. Little does she know, appearances are truly deceiving.
As the secrets surrounding her existence come to light, Ava founds herself immersed in a controversy that will make or break who she truly is. With Maya’s help, and that of most within Maya’s community, she comes to understand that she was created for a reason. She’s the key to saving their very way of life. Unfortunately, there are those who want to make sure that doesn’t happen and will do anything to silence her, once and for all.
Carlyle’s debut novel is quite intriguing and very thought-provoking. I loved this new spin on all things Atlantis. I really do. I think she did a wonderful job in using the lore surrounding that lost culture to craft a world that will leave the reader wanting to know more about it. We’re able to relate with Ava and the predicaments she finds herself in. Her experiences with love and heartache are certainly endearing.
I found myself glued to every page and didn’t put the book down until I got to the last page. Even then, I wanted to keep on reading more. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future and can’t wait for what comes next with this series.
Ava is the great granddaughter of the founder of their kind: The Broken were genetically enhanced to survive evolution during the last years on earth, after which their experiments were abandoned and they moved to another planet, named Poseidon.
Ava carries a secret journal of her mother’s, which leads her to believe that her people are not what they seem. Ava has to decipher her mother’s rantings in the journal, differentiating truth from madness to determine The Broken’s true identities and origins. A few of The Broken will soon experience a “change,” and each generation’s change differs from the previous. (Ava’s generation has been labeled the make it or break it generation.)
Weeks before Ava’s seventeenth birthday, an attempted kidnapping by Zulu warriors changes her destiny forever. Saved by a Minoan boy, she is taken back to his village where all the lies about her kind’s existence (and how they came to be exiled to planet Poseidon) are brought to light. The Minoans are an ancient race that carries a secret tying in with Ava’s prophesied destiny. Her destiny is to rise above the fall, to become what she hates to save them all.
About The Author:
Carlyle Labuschagne is the author of The Broken Series.
Her tales stem from her experiences in South Africa and she has brought them to her world of Science-Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal.
The Broken Destiny is currently to be released in 2012 through U.S. publishers, and will be available through Amazon , B&N and many more . She’s currently working on Evanescent #2 in the Broken Series.
Her goal as an author is to touch peoples lives and help others love their differences and one another.
She’s a firm believer in – YA saves!
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