Elite by Kristen Young

Elite

About the Book

Book: Elite (The Collective Underground #2)
Author: Kristen Young
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction
Publisher: Enclave Publishing
Release date: September 14, 2021

Where do you find safety when your world is falling apart?

Apprentice Flick thought the Elite Academy was the answer to all her problems. But the revelation of her past turned everything upside down. Now, she is caught between two worlds set on a collision course.

Will she embrace the chaotic memories that flood her every waking moment? Or will she run to the security of her Elite training?

Discovering her parents’ identities takes her to a secret underground bunker where she finds new friends, opportunities, and maybe even love. But Flick must decide where her allegiances lie soon, or the Triumph of Love festival might bring about her demise.

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More in the Series

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Read my review of Apprentice HERE.


About the Author

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A Scottish-born Australian author, Kristen Young has worked in children’s and youth ministry for decades. She writes fiction and non-fiction for teens, and always has a notebook on hand to capture stray story ideas. In her spare time she loves hanging out with her family, watching movies with subtitles, and enjoying a little too much chocolate.

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My Review

Elite
By Kristen Young
Book 2 in the Collective Underground series
Rating: 4/5

It’s always interesting returning to a series you started reading but not being sure you’ll like the sequel. Don’t be fooled; you will enjoy this next installment from the author. She further expands this universe and does not disappoint. She has a way of drawing the reader into her world and making you care for her characters. When secrets are revealed, things get a little more crazy but the author is just getting started and you can’t stop reading. My only wish is to hear the song for real. I love how the author weaves in the faith aspects.

Highly recommend if you love YA dystopian with lots of sci-fi adventure and mystery with a hint of romance.

My thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.


More from Kristen

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” ― G.K. Chesterton.

Why do we write fiction? There are lots of reasons, really. We write because we have something
to say. Maybe we write because we just love creating stories. Perhaps we love to entertain. Or
perhaps we write because the stories want to be heard, and we’re just letting them fly.


Or perhaps we know that people want stories for a deeper reason. When life is hard, and work
is a struggle, and the world seems just a little too difficult, it’s a great time to escape into a
different place. Another world, where even though bad things happen, we know there will be a
happy ending.


The responsibility of authors is a heavy one. Our readers entrust their imaginations to us for a
short time, allowing us to draw them into a different place. We give them people to follow, and
let them see the world through other eyes. Dilemmas, threats, relationships and opportunities
— all of these things provide a journey for readers, and give them the chance to explore
alternate ways of dealing with life’s problems. We give people the thrill of knowing that even
under the heaviest challenges, there is a chance to grow and survive.


Chesterton said that children didn’t need to learn about dragons, but to know the dragons could
be overcome. Perhaps even as adults we need a little bit of that, too.


Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, September 30
Artistic Nobody, September 30 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 1
Inklings and notions, October 2
Inside the Wong Mind, October 2
For Him and My Family, October 3
deb’s Book Review, October 4
Library Lady Kid’s Lit, October 5
Simple Harvest Reads, October 5 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Locks, Hooks and Books, October 6
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 7
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 8
Blogging With Carol , October 8
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 9
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 10
The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 11
Worthy2Read, October 11
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 12
Through the fire blogs, October 13


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kristen is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/11dca/elite-celebration-tour-giveaway

Book Review & Celebrate Lit Giveaway: Apprentice by Kristen Young

About the Book

Book: Apprentice
Author: Kristen Young
Genre: Christian Science Fiction
Release Date: October 20, 2020

The Love Collective is everywhere.
It sees everything.
Be not afraid.

Apprentice Flick remembers everything, except the first five years of her life. And for as long as she can remember, Flick has wanted to enter the Elite Academy—home to the best, brightest, and most loyal members of the Love Collective government.

Flick’s uncanny memory might get her there, too … even if it is the very thing that marks her as a freak. But frightening hallucinations start intruding into her days and threaten to bring down all she has worked so hard to accomplish. Why is she being hijacked by a stranger’s nightmare over and over again?

Moving to the Elite Academy could give Flick the future she’s always wanted. But her search for truth may lead to a danger she cannot escape.

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About the Author

Kristen Young is an Aussie children’s and youth worker who always has a notebook on hand to catch ideas for her fiction and non-fiction. She loves hanging out with her family, watching movies with subtitles, and chocolate.

My Review

Apprentice
by Kristen Young
Book 1 in the Collective Underground series
Rating: 4/5

Exciting new dystopian YA adventure from Kristen Young! I’ve never read anything from this author before and was very impressed with her world-building and character development.

Kerr Flick has an amazing memory. She can remember everything she’s heard or seen except for her first five years. Because of her amazing memory and short stature, she’s been the outcast and outsider all her life until she gets the opportunity to go to the Elite Academy. She is determined to be the best of the best. Being a Watcher in the Love Collective is her desire and she will do whatever she can to pass the test to become one…or will she? Apprentice Flick has also been having scary dreams or hallucinations which threaten her goal of becoming a Watcher.

This story is about a young girl trying to find her place in a world where all she wants is to fit in and be accepted. She has insecurities like you and me. She wants to prove her worth. She wants to be the Elite of the Elite. The author weaves a compelling story of finding out who you are that is only just beginning. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!

Highly recommend if you enjoy YA dystopian fiction.

My thanks to the author and CelebrateLit for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.

More from Kristen

An interview with Kristen Young

Q: How long have you been writing?

I was the kid who used to create little booklets and puzzle magazines for the family. So writing is something that I’ve been doing for a long time. It wasn’t quite publication-worthy back then, but it was fun. I had to practice a little more before people outside my family wanted to see it.

Q: Where do you write?

Anywhere I have access to a laptop or a pen. I have a desk at home where most of the writing happens, but I usually carry a notebook in my bag in case inspiration hits when I’m out. People think I’m a little eccentric when I’m madly scribbling in the middle of the supermarket. But I have to get that scene idea down before I forget!

Q: What is your writing Kryptonite?

Distractions. For me, writing preparation is a little like building a house of cards — that process of getting my thoughts in order and working out the story direction. Distractions are like the gust of wind that knocks the whole construction over. I usually wear noise-cancelling headphones to try and keep me focused on the process.

Q: Where’s your favourite story setting?

I’m still looking for that wardrobe with a door to Narnia.

Q: What’s the first book that made you cry?

I’m not sure if I can share that without giving spoilers! But I’d have to say Charlotte’s Web. When I read that as a child, it had me wrecked for ages.

Q: Have you read anything that totally changed your idea of the way fiction could be written?

There are a couple of books that totally changed my view of fiction. The first was Margaret Atwood’s novel The Blind Assassin. I was totally captivated by the way she mixed newspaper articles and other media with the narrative sections. It was mind-blowing at the time.

Jasper Fforde’s series that started with The Eyre Affair was also pretty amazing. It took a whole pile of literary references and completely messed with them. It was enormous fun.

Q: So why set something in a world called the “Love Collective”?

I like words, and I’m fascinated by the way people often play with them, or even weaponise them. I kind of wanted to explore this word ‘love’ and what it means. In English, we have this one word to refer to so many different kinds of concepts. I wanted to write an exciting story, so it seemed right to have this concept as a backdrop behind the action, where you’re asking, “What does this mean?”

Q: Your main character never forgets anything. Is she like you?

No way. I think Flick’s memory is a bit of wish fulfilment from me. It was so hard writing her, because I forget so many details! In some ways forgetting is protective. But in other ways I’d love to have her memory.

Q: What can we expect in the rest of the Collective Underground Trilogy?

I can’t tell you the whole story, that would ruin the fun. But in the first book, Flick’s world has started really small, and she’s going to broaden her horizons. She’ll get to explore more of this Love Collective. There also might be some more danger, too. Or more love. We’ll see…

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 31
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 1
Blogging With Carol, November 1
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, November 2
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 2
Texas Book-aholic, November 3
Inklings and notions, November 4
April Hayman, Author, November 4
For Him and My Family, November 5
Locks, Hooks and Books, November 6
deb’s Book Review, November 6
Worthy2Read, November 7
Woven by Words, November 7
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 8
Emily Yager, November 9
Artistic Nobody, November 9 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 10
Simple Harvest Reads, November 11 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 11
Adventures of A Travelers Wife, November 12
Through the Fire Blogs, November 12
Splashes of Joy, November 13
Inside the Wong Mind, November 13

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kristen is giving away the grand prize of a $100 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/102f1/apprentice-celebration-tour-giveaway