Review | The Energy Crusades by Valerie Noble

The Energy Crusades

Format: Paperback, 303 pages
Published: May 5th 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian
ISBN: 9781500379506
Age Range: 13+
Rating: 4/5 stars
After the Great Oil Wars destroyed the majority of civilization on earth, an alien race has colonized the planet creating a society whose only currency is energy. Humans must wear energy suits and are required to earn their energy daily, while also supporting the grids that fuel society. In addition, all children must join an Energy Crusade by the time they are 18. The higher the level of danger assigned to the Crusade, the higher the energy payout.
Kaia Robi has trained her entire life as an Athlete for the Reformation Republic. Her ability to generate energy for her grid has afforded her a life of privilege and celebrity, but has cost her personal friendships and freedoms. She is strictly monitored and sequestered, until she heads to the University to join an Energy Crusade. She is paired up with an old childhood friend, Ajax, but he is determined to ignore their former bond, making life at the University even more difficult.
As Kaia and her team begin to complete their missions, she and Ajax learn that they excel when training together. Despite increasing tension, they are able to form a united front while training. They will encounter virtual fighters, cave dwellers, and resisters, while competing against other teams to become an elite class.
When the Resistance attempts to kidnap her in the ruined city, Kaia must face the possibility that she is different, and not just because she’s an accomplished Athlete. She’s tried to deny her special capabilities, but now that there are people fighting over her, she must accept her fate and decide where her loyalties lie. Will Ajax stand by her side, or is he part of the plot to take her away from all she knows and loves?

I was given this book by a friend of mine (See her review here) but we tend to look at things a little differently.

As most of you have seen from my Femme Friday post (hopefully!) I am a little Fangirly over this book and cannot wait for the rest of this series.

Noble has taken some pretty interesting and classic ideas and infused them with some subjects studied in high school to create a full-out, action packed novel. The ideas that she has, and the self-sustained lifestyle she has created, is so intriguing to me. Although I feel like the world itself has gone a little far for my comfort, some of the ideas (like harvesting your own used energy) is such a crazy futuristic, yet realistic idea.

Kaia is a fortunate but simple individual. Her purple eyes however, show how special and unique she truly is as a person. Without having any real friends though she is nervous about starting her new training for the crusades. When she finds out that her childhood best friend (Ajax), and his mother (Professor Baal) would be training her the nerves eased a little. She was full of nerves and excitement as she set up, until she realized that Ajax blamed her for being kept back and wanted nothing to do with her or her training.

Throughout the emotion, training, and crusade struggles, Kaia never once stopped being real to me. Every emotion, every thought, I could feel in my heart. As I read this book I felt a little romantic, a little passionate, and a lot of love for the characters and the world building.

I would love to hear what you all think of this series, I think it could definitely be a new favourite of mine. Kaia and Ajax have definitely made it to my top 10 literary couples list also. If you would like to get your hands on a copy you can get one HERE.

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