19 June 2014

Descent by Kallie Ross

by Kallie Ross.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal.
Publication: June 9th 2014.
Seventeen year old Ollie Miller is ready to leave all of her hurt feelings behind, but moving on seems impossible while living next door to her ex-best friend, Mateo. When curious earthquakes begin to shake and rip open the foundation of her small town, the ground becomes as unsteady as her feelings for him. When they fall, they fall hard…
Ollie’s disastrous attempt to save Mateo’s brother from falling into a curious chasm results in their descent into a cavernous wonderland. Ollie, Mateo, Jesse, and Alexis search for a way back home, and encounter a mysterious tribe of natives. Gabriel, the next in line to lead his people, is granted permission to guide them to the surface. On their treacherous journey, an overzealous elder threatens all of their lives, because he can’t risk them exposing his people, or the power he wields. The group discovers ancient secrets, unexpected truths, and uncharted feelings. Ollie must find a way out or risk being stuck in the caves forever—or worse, dead

Reviewed by Kelly.

First Impressions: I had a hard time starting. I was confused about Mateo and Olivia. I didn’t get what they were worried about. But, I let it go and moved forward. Then I really got into the story. It was unique and a whole other adventure unfolded. It kept me going.

When Olivia comes back from Uruguay, her relationship with her neighbor and best friend Mateo Vargas is strained and uncertain. Her friend, Alexis, spends the night at Ollie's house. When Alexis wakes up the next morning, still in her pj's and right after Ollie has just come back from a run they come outside when they feel an earthquake and hear the other Vargas brother,Jesse, screaming just past the back yard. Mateo is mowing the lawn and they all go investigate only to fall into a chasm.

This becomes a whole new world of people who live underground. There is evil lurking there. A different lifestyle, proper etiquette and stations and lifestyle. The four of them find themselves trying to get back home. They find some adventure, some large scorpions and beasts. They also find the light below is something otherworld that exists above the people's heads there, called the noor. This light keeps them from being in the dark. Later they realize that Olivia has the same light above her head.

There is a race to get home fought with danger and hints of romance and two bickering ex teenagers. They kept me entertained. The world described below is beautiful with amazing waterfalls, caves, and creatures. I could easily imagine this world.

When they do get home, you realize there will be another book to fix these growing earthquakes that the evil below is unleashing. But it isn’t a cliffhanger. Just a nice ending promising more to come.

Over time my love for learning gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and contradictions in our culture. My conclusions have ignited a passion to write compelling young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction.

I love being a wife, mother, friend, writer, and teacher. I began teaching high school English in 2002 and started blogging and podcasting in 2008. I have a brilliant husband, two redheads, and never imagined my life would ever be this fun!

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