In a Dystopian future, the world is no longer as we know. If you’re not the elite, you have to fight to stay alive.
Can it happen to us? Will it happen to us? Find out in Mary Ting’s newest young adult Sci Fi thriller, ISAN.
Mary Ting has quite a talent for writing in the voice of teenagers or young adults. Not many adults (and authors) can put themselves in the eyes and mindset of a younger age without sounding fake or contrived. But with Mary, her young adults books make you feel like you’re right there with her characters, right in their minds and their activities.
ISAN starts off right away with action and you’re immediately wondering what the heck is going on here? Super soldiers? Telepathy? Outer space? It all seems so technical with science fiction and military-like action mixed in. But ISAN is so much more than those things. It’s a genre that is filled with tons of action, typical teenage angst, mystery, dystopian, and romance all mixed into a thrill ride from the first pages to the very last page.
ISAN or aka, International Sensory Assassin Network is a mysterious group that is not quite government sanctioned and not quite military. What they are, are a group of young women fighters who are taken from the streets or the orphanage at a young age to train as silent and deadly assassins. I may be so bold as to say that ISAN reminds me of the Black Widow program where young girls are trained at a very young age to be the best in everything they do. No time for having fun or hanging out like regular teenagers might do. It’s strict training both physically and psychologically.
The heroine, Ava is an orphan and having lived a very harsh young life, gets sort of a “second chance” at life when she is inducted into ISAN by her coach and friend, Russ, who works for ISAN. As we read further into the story, we get tidbits of Ava’s past life when she lived with her mother until her mother’s mysterious death and then put into an orphanage. We learn later on that everything in her life was carefully orchestrated to lead up to her being part of ISAN. Throughout the story, you realize that there is a much bigger picture than what you are initially led to think.
As Ava goes on missions with her team, she gets kidnapped by a handsome and enigmatic young man who claims to be a part of her past. Having no memory of him or his teammates, Ava wonders if she could trust them. But something about Rhett makes her believe in him and she begins to have doubts about ISAN and her role in the organization.
Without giving any spoilers away, know that ISAN is a very fast paced read with action, intrigue, and handsome, smartass guys who could easily be the book boyfriend that everyone always talks about. There is no doubt another book in the series and I am eagerly waiting to find out what’s next with Ava and her friends.
Mary Ting and Xpresso Book Tours is also giving away a signed book of ISAN and some incredible swag.
THE WORLD HAS CHANGED.
SCIENTISTS WARNED IT WOULD HAPPEN.
Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into our quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.
Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her “better.” To receive the serum, Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.
While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.
ISAN is published by Vesuvian Books and can be purchased through these links:
A bit about the author, Mary Ting:
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
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