Apprentice by Kristen Young: Book Review
About the Book
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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An intriguing beginning to what will undoubtedly be a wonderful series.
I greatly enjoyed this journey into a futuristic setting and the wild experiences that come with Kerr Flick’s incredible memory. Her drive and motivation to be the best of the best, and to prove herself to those who said she’d never make it, pushed the story and kept me turning pages just to see if she would succeed.
The tension in the story, the way the author feeds you bits of foreshadowing were spot on, but then seeing it all come together at the end made me sad that the book had ended.
There’s a lot of lead up and reinforcement of Kerr’s eidetic memory, and I hope that continues to play a big part in her character journey.
For fans of Divergent, Apprentice will have you roaring your approval.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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.
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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…