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Giveaway & Review: Extraction (Extraction, #1) by Stephanie Diaz

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Giveaway & Review: Extraction (Extraction, #1)  by Stephanie DiazExtraction by Stephanie Diaz
Series: Extraction #1
Published by: Macmillan, St. Martin's Griffin on 7/22/2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
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"Welcome to Extraction testing."

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon's lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet's leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too. 

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don't want her running—they want her subdued.

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters,Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers ofHunger Games and Ender's Game and leave them breathless for more.






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Extraction is the first novel in a new series by Stephanie Diaz.  With a dystopian society, impending doom, and a fight to survive, there wasn’t a lot I didn’t love about this novel.  I am extremely excited for the rest of this series.


Extraction takes place on the planet of Kiel which is being slowly poisoned by acid that is being created by the moon.  The acid is so dangerous that the Developers of the society created sectors to live in beneath the surface of Kiel, as well as an acid shield to protect the citizens of the Surface.  The most coveted sector to live in is the Core.  When all citizens in the other three sectors turn 16, they go through testing to be Extracted and taken to the Core.  For those who do not have enough Promise to be taken to the Core, they will only live to see a few more years.


Clementine is a citizen of the Surface, and when she turns 16 and is found to be Promising enough to be Extracted, she has mixed feelings.  Excitement at being able to move to the Core, the much safer sector of Kiel to live in, and anger at having to leave her boyfriend, Logan, behind.


Once she arrives at the Core, Clementine discovers that things might not be as wonderful as everyone seems to think.  Will she adjust to being a Core citizen?  Will she find a way to save Logan?  You should definitely read the book and find out!


First of all, I just thought that Extraction was extremely well written.  I really enjoyed Clementine as a character.  She’s insanely smart, and she isn’t willing to let go of her own beliefs in order to conform to everyone else.  She cares for those who are close to her and has no problem standing up for herself against those who bully and threaten her.


I also thought that the relationship between Clementine and Logan was really sweet.  They didn’t get to spend too much time together, because of Clementine being moved to the core, but she did spend time missing him and hoping that he was doing ok back on the Surface.  But probably the thing I loved the most about their relationship is that it wasn’t anywhere close to being the main focus of the book.  Clementine misses him, she worries about him, but there are more important things going on that occupy her time.  I feel like this is something that is missing in a lot of young adult dystopian novels, and I’m glad that Diaz has kept her priorities straight in Extraction.


The only negative thing I can really say about Extraction is that I feel like there are a lot of dystopian type novels coming out recently but I don’t even know if I can consider that a negative.  It’s just the market that’s popular at the moment, and Extraction was a pretty unique take on the genre.


Overall, I give Extraction 4 out of 5 controllers.  It’s a really great story, and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series!


My Rating

rate 4

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About Stephanie Diaz

Twenty-one-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her debut novel, Extraction, when she should’ve been making short films and listening to college lectures at San Diego State University. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows.