Review: The Pearl Diver (Seven Worlds Saga Book 1) by S. Elliot Brandis

Pearl_Diver_FinalAbout The Pearl Diver

I’m Elsie, from the planet Caelum.

It’s 96% ocean, but that’s okay. Out of all six planets (or seven, if you believe the myths), we’re the only people with gills. I can breathe underwater for minutes at a time, discovering the secrets of the deep-sea. Diving is my first love.

But not everybody understands.

Each year they run a competition—a single black pearl is dropped into the ocean, and graduating students dive to find it. It sounds easy, but it’s not. The ocean is a dark and dangerous place, with caves, crevices, and flesh-eating creatures. Some years, not everybody survives.

It’s how my brother died.

My parents won’t let me compete. At times it seems like the whole island is against me. I don’t care. I will enroll, win, and gain the ultimate prize—a job diving on the head planet of the entire system. I’ll do whatever it takes. I’ll fight for a better life, out there in the stars.

I will be the Pearl Diver.

Or die trying.

About the Author

S. ElliotBrandis is an engineer and author from Brisbane, Australia. He writes post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, often infused with a variety of outside elements. He is a lover of beer, baseball, and science fiction.His novels are about outlaws, outcasts, and outsiders.

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My Thoughts

S. ElliotBrandis's opening volley in his latest series, Seven Worlds Saga, offers up a promising start to what could very well become a high-water mark in the author's oeuvre.Elsie dreams of becoming the winning pearl diver in the annual competition that will score her a one-way ticket off her planet and to the central world of Dunamis. In the wake of her brother's death in a prior tournament, her parents viciously oppose her, forcing her to rebel.

I won't say much more in regards to the plot, but to say Elsie gets more than she bargains for is putting it mildly.

Brandis delivers the goods when it comes to Young Adult dystopian fiction: there is a well-defined and atrocious threat, impossible odds, and a very strong, determined, and capable heroine. Elsie is just a terrific character and honestly written. It's utterly impossible not to root for her, and, frankly, I wouldn't be surprised to hear her name-dropped alongside Katniss Everdeen some day soon.

After having spent the last few days fully submerged in the world of The Pearl Diver, I'm now left eagerly waiting for the next installment in this series. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy of this book ASAP.

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Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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