Humans can't see lucents... except for Eris.
Sixteen year old Eris Payton wants more than anything to start her life fresh and struggles to reinvent herself. When she meets Nelson, he offers an escape from her current life into the unknown shadows of his own world. She can't say no and she learns just how different she really is as her life changes in a way she would never have imagined.
Nelson needs Eris to follow him back to Downside before the epidemic gets worse, otherwise his brother will die. But he must convince her that he's real and that her DNA holds the key in time to save his brother. How can he convince her to trust him?
Facing truths that challenge everything she thought she knew, Eris discovers the hidden world of lucents and her own mysterious origins. She finds herself and uncovers answers to questions she never thought to ask.
The story flows really well. Ann makes it hard for you to even want to put down the book. I loved how you get to feel as though you are joining Eris on her journey. Ann makes you feel as though Eris is one of her friends that she's introducing you to and not just a character in the book. Ann is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
From the very start this book held my attention. I found that once I started reading it, that even my beloved fandoms could hardly pull me away, and - ask anyone who knows me - that is quite the accomplishment. This book started strong and stuck with it till the very end; if it wasn't one thing it was another that snagged me and made me sit and want to read more. ...As soon as I read the first page, I felt as though I had a connection with Eris - like I was there joining in her experiences, discovering a whole new world than the one she lived in for her entire life. It's books like this that leave me hungry for more, and I can most certainly say that I was indeed left hungry for more as I read the final page. I would suggest this book to any teen who loves to read.
I have to point out that I couldn't put this book down. Snizek is not a first time author and it shows in her abilities as a writer. Every page serves a purpose, each building as the story moves on, slowly at first and then all at once by the last quarter.Snizek has created a wonderful world of the Translucents, Lucent for short. The genre of young teenage girl in a fictional setting has worked for so many book series, The Payton Chronicles included, however there's something memorable about this story; something that sets it apart. The world of the Translucents is beautifully adapted around the story of Eris and how she came to be, bad guys and all. It's easy to find yourself tucked up in bed with your nose buried in this book.I'm a lover of character building, especially when it is done well, and the characters of this story grow in such a gratifying way. It's a beautiful reminder that love takes time and friendship doesn't always last. Eris and Nelson are two characters that I won't forget, both of them as complex as each other and both so in need of reassurance.In terms of the story itself, I could easily ruin the very moments of this novel that make it so enjoyable. Each character's story twists together with another, making it almost impossible for me to go too far into the details, but this is the charm of this series; there are so many more stories to tell. I highly recommend this book for lovers of YA and series such as The Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight. This book series isn't just about the characters, it's just as much about the new world of Lucents.
Ann Snizek, with her comfortable and fluent writing style, makes it easy for us to tag along, and also allows us to develop a fondness for the characters that keeps us interested.
OMG! It is 4am and I just now finished this book. And when you have two kids (ages 5 and 1) you know staying up all night to finish a book, knowing your kiddo's get up early, that it has to be truly awesomesauce - let's put it this way, if the second one was out already I would be reading it right now. The characters are relate-able and I just love everyone except Eris' "step-mom." This book is totally different than any other kind of paranormal book I've read. But Ann officially has me hooked. Definitely in my top 5 favorites of 2013 so far. I cannot wait for the second book to come out! She def has me hooked like a fish. lol!
“Snizek creates an engaging world.” “There are occasional flashes of other popular YA novels.” “The romance between Eris and Nelson is sweet and believable.” “Eris herself is a likable protagonist who always come across as smart and capable.” “An entertaining… read for fans of the paranormal and fantasy genres.”
This is a well written story that I loved, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others. It had so much to it, but I think my overwhelming thought was this story makes me happy. Eris' journey to self-discovery in some ways echoes what so many kids go through these days. Maybe not the same circumstances, but definitely a road all teenager's face to some degree. I am interested to see where the next book will take me, this story is fascinating. I would like to thank Ms. Snizek for giving me this book for an honest review.
My review of Ann Snizek's book To Eris Human is certainly a good one. I have to give this book a five-star Rating. The lay-out, characters, and the writing of this story were FANTASTIC!!!!!! I haven't read a Sci-Fi Fantasy in a long, long while. It was so refreshing to have read this book. Great Job Ann. I Loved It!!!!
Snizek creates a truly unique tale with this novel. There is nothing that matches it in the large library of YA reads that I have experienced. The plot drags you in with an energy only paralleled by the main character Eris, and her overwhelming charm. Character craftsmanship is stellar, almost like the stars in the galaxy, topside and Downside. Yes, I am giving you tasty teasers within those sentences, but that is as far as I go with spoilers, sweetie!
Ultimately I really want to state that Snizek does a brilliant job of touching on abuse within her story without allowing it to overtake the story. As a survivor of abuse myself it is a topic that can easily take the joy out of a story. Snizek allows it to help empower her characters and makes it integral to the story without it being a spotlight hog. The story of Eris is the centerpiece here, and I am only saddened by the fact we have to wait for the next book in the series... For: Giva De Vine.
I love the pun in the title.
With other worldly creatures, family issues of abandonment and abuse, interpersonal power and superpowers, friendship and an epidemic of apocalyptic proportions, this is the story of Eris. Eris is a human, who finds out who she really is, where she really came from, and is looking for her family.
It started out agonizingly slow and then meticulously, gradually built into a real page-turner. It was not until about a third of the way through the book that I knew I was beginning to really care about the characters. Then, I was about two thirds done when I realized I could not put the book down.
The character building was spot on. It takes time to care about someone. No one falls in love in a day. Okay, so Juliet did. But, star-crossed lovers are rare. Likewise, it took time for Eris to care about the other characters. Me, too. So, this was done well.
The entire premise seemed remarkably creative, almost as though the author was looking out her window one day, peering into a forest, and thinking, “What if I was 16 and what if something or better yet someone was lurking in those trees…?” There are a lot of ways one could go. The author chose a lucent. A lucent? What’s that? I’d never heard of it. It’s always refreshing to read about something complete new.
The ending was rather abrupt. I felt almost cheated out of the ending. It is part of a series, so the story will continue and closure will come, just not entirely in this book. However, given its length and the blunt, curt ending, I cannot help wondering if this book and its sequel are not two halves of the same book, not really two separate stories. I will see when I read the second book which I fully intend on doing. In any case, if you plan on reading this one, be prepared to get the sequel.
This very PG-13 book is suitable for all ages. It is not violent and there is no sex to speak of. It was a fast, easy read. For an indie author, well-done! I am looking forward to her other books.
To Eris – Human by Ann Snizek was a fun read. I absolutely loved the title! I was hooked from the first page and didn’t want to put it down because I had to know what would happen next. Snizek has created an engaging world right alongside the human world. What I enjoyed most about the world was that it was on par with our world technologically. Eris was a wonderful character to read. She deals with abuse and being an outcast, but when her life changes drastically, Eris doesn’t just move on into a new world where she is suddenly happy and comfortable. She is plagued by doubts about herself, which I felt was realistic. The struggles that Eris and Nelson encounter internally give a lovely depth to this book. Since there is a book 2 coming, not everything is wrapped up completely by the end; however, I did feel this book wrapped up much of Eris’s story well. I look forward to the next book. I enjoyed reading To Eris – Human, and I would highly recommend reading it.
I received this eBook as part of a giveaway win. While not a huge fan of YA stories, I thought the blurb sounded interesting, so I was looking forward to reading it. This book was a gem. A fresh urban fantasy (with sci-fi qualities) that I found interesting and enjoyable. The character development was pretty good, so I found myself invested in the main characters. The author has built a great community and a basis for a great series. Well done.