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Alphas is definitely aimed at a pre-teen audience but as with anyone that tries too hard to be cool, Lissi Harrison’s cheesy jokes and dated pop-culture references are simply cringe worthy. Though she has clearly made a career targeting tweens, Harrison woefully misses the mark on ‘relatable modern teens’.
Really, how much credibility can a book name-checking Kevin Federline as ‘huggable’ in the first chapter have? Alphas was publish three years AFTER Brit dumped him and he faded (well, swelled) into obscurity so talk about out of touch!
Saying Harrison was attempting satire would be giving her too much credit. You can’t bite the hand that feeds so if she really went after the vapid, insecure, boy-dependent girls she writes about, there’d be no one to buy the books.
So we’re left with a story idolising vapid, insecure, boy-dependent girls…and that’s about it as far as plot goes. The author tries, I think, to make some statements about girl power, what well-educated women can accomplish and the value of friendship. But when the characters only discernible goals are to hook up with the few boys on Alphas Island, they’re all moot points.
The premise, characters and settings are all completely over the top. The bizarrely technologically advanced Alphas Island is a fun vision but would be more suited to a sci-fi city then an all-girl boarding school. Still the lush, imaginative scenery is the books only high-point.
Alphas finally ends with a cliff-hanger. Sure, there was no discernible plot but the dropping of a last-page bombshell and leaving a story ‘to be continued’ is a cheap trick.
I have no desire to continue with the series but anyone who thinks they may should be aware Audible doesn’t have the next three books.
As a mature reader, I couldn't abide this book. I can usually tell when a book is for children or teenagers, but I do wish there were some indicator warning adults of this.
Perhaps 13year old girls would enjoy it - boys, ballet, silliness and dreams of becoming.
The narrator's efforts at British and Australian accents are abominable. I rather wish she hadn't tried.
My advice would be: Dont waste your time or money on this one.
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