I am a fan of young adult fiction and was happy to have the opportunity to read a review copy of “Firlds of Elysium” by A.B. Whelan. While I knew little about the book when I started it, I thought it had the promise of a solid tale of science fiction and fantasy so I dug in hoping to find an entertaining story. Molly Bennett knew her life was going to change when her family moved from New Jersey to California but she had no idea just how much it was going to change. She just did not fit in at all with her classmates at Beverly Hills High School and felt like she was completely alone. One afternoon when she was walking her dog in Hollywood Hills, he dog led her to a cave in which she discovered a wormhole to another world inhabited by an advanced race of humans. This was a world that was completely strange yet in some ways parallel to our own. She meets a group of teenagers from that world and is immediately taken with a young man named Victor. She soon finds herself torn between her longing for the new world and balancing that with her life at home. Molly finds herself falling in love with Victor. While Victor has the same feelings for her, he is preparing to become a Sentinel, one of the guardians of the world that protect it from intruders from Earth, and he hates people from our world as they had killed his family. Just when all seems lost, the couple learns a stunning truth about Victor’s father and both Molly’s and Victor’s past come crashing into the present to lead them to a journey of discovery that will lead them to their destiny. “Fields of Elysium” did not quite live up to my expectations but it was still an interesting book. I think that I would have enjoyed it more if I were closer to the target audience for the novel but this should be an interesting novel for younger readers, especially younger women or teenage girls. The teenage romance aspect of the book was a little too much for me and I would have enjoyed exploring the new world and the wonders that were in it rather than spending so much time on the relationship between Molly and Victor. Since this is the first book in a series, I hope that the author will delve into this more in the next novel. “Fields of Elysium” is a well-written novel that is sure to appeal to young readers. While I do not feel like this is a book that will have mass appeal for older readers, it is still a novel that has a lot of potential. I would be interested to read the next book in the series and I would hope that it will explore the alternate universe and the technology that it harbors in more depth. I would like to thank NetGalley and inMotion Capitol for this review copy. “Fields of Elysium” is available now.
March 15, 2014