By:  Kristy Acevedo
Location: FIC ACE
Genre: Sci Fi- Dystopic
Series: Holo#1

 Winner of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award (2015)

What would you do if mysterious holograms suddenly started to appear from the sky from all over the world, bringing a warning of impending destruction of Earth?

Anxiety disorders are real, and paralyzing, mix this with the end of the world and huston we have a problem!
As if Alexandra Lucas’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth.
For 17 year old Alex, life is full of choices. And every decision she makes - about her boyfriend Nicholas, her parents, where she's going to go to school after graduation - only serves to heighten her already out-of-control anxiety. And then the unthinkable happens: vertexes (or portals) appear all over the planet, inviting people to leave before a comet hits the earth and wipes out humanity, giving them several months to consider their choice. What to do?

Well what would YOU do? I asked myself that throughout the book. Acevedo takes us on a wild, yet authentically human ride in this book. We care about the characters: their struggles, their fears, their hopes.

"This debut novel is science fiction book, however, it doesn't just focus on that element. Acevedo perfectly captures mental illness, (specifically anxiety) through Alex's character and once again, I applaud her for that. This book was full of surprises left and right and I guarantee you - you won't be able to put this one down for a second!-" Talina


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