(The Enertia Trials #1)
Publication date: May 7th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult
Reggie’s dreams . . .
Visions of the future flood her mind like shards of broken puzzles. Caged in her cell, every morning begins the same. She’s drugged, tortured, and images are torn from her memory by Public One.
Until the morning everything changes. The vision is different. The future’s never been about her, and now she knows they’re coming for her:
How will she convince them to keep her alive when Nate, their leader, doesn’t like or even trust her? To him, she’s a science experiment. A machine.
When Public One will do anything to keep her, Reggie must make a decision: remain a slave to her past, or risk her future to venture into a world more terrifying than she’s ever known.
(The Enertia Trials #2)
Publication date: February 29th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult
They say you feel cold when you die.
The people I’ve killed would beg to differ.
For twenty-something Ransley, the adopted daughter of famed street fighter Estevan Benitez, fighting is all she knows. One hidden detail separates her from the endless string of her pathetic opponents: she can craft and influence heat and fire.
When she’s pitted against the strongest fighters at the infamous Argolla, Ransley faces something she never expected:
A man like her.
Roydon can duplicate himself. When the two collide in the ring, a chain of deals turns Roydon over to Public Four and he’s taken away to undergo the disturbing process of the Nexis. What it is, or what it does, no one outside of The Public knows.
Driven by guilt and a desire to release the only person she’s ever met who’s like her, Ransley isn’t about to leave him for dead—not when he might hold the answers to her missing past. Now she must trust a pair of strangers: a former military man out to collapse the system, and a woman whose premonitions could tear them all apart.
Holy wowzers I just can not stand to wait any longer, I have to yell at you all about these awesome books. Seriously. If I had thought I was going to enjoy them so much I’d practically not eat or sleep for two days, I would have still never been prepared for the hangover that I’m now experiencing. The Enertia Trials are sci-fi greatness with a dystopian flare, and a unique way of telling the story from many different characters’ viewpoints, though it’s narrated in the third person, so you really feel like you’re getting all sides of the story, yet you’re constantly held in a state of suspense. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read anything like it, sort of a blend of Minority Report and the last couple of Hunger Games books, but also wholly original. Each book can be read as a standalone, though it’s better if you read them in order, to avoid some very minor spoilers for the first book. I appreciated the author’s use of foreshadowing without being too obvious, and her characters were so fascinating. I felt like we really got a better sense of the world by having two books that are so different yet in the same series. Once you pick up the first book and fly through the second, I hope you will join me in chanting how sincerely happy you’d be if it’s time for book 3 to be released. Come on November!!
J. Kowallis, the only girl of four children, grew up in northern Utah with a head full of wild stories (most often unreal). At the age of 9, she wrote her first poem, a dedication to E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. It was so intriguing, her third grade teacher requested to keep the original. Between living in various fictional worlds, and spending time on her studies, she managed to graduate from Weber State University’s creative writing program. She now lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta, and spends most of her time still bouncing between this world and the fantastical while enjoying delectable über-dark chocolate and lavender baths. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).