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Nothing is as it seems. These are the first words Kiva's best friend Seth says, after three years of silence. Kiva thought she was growing up in ancient Alexandria. That's what she and all her classmates had been led to believe by their parents. It turns out she was living in virtual reality, in a sleep chamber in deep space, and three years ago, Seth woke up. Now it's her Nothing is as it seems. These are the first words Kiva's best friend Seth says, after three years of silence. Kiva thought she was growing up in ancient Alexandria. That's what she and all her classmates had been led to believe by their parents. It turns out she was living in virtual reality, in a sleep chamber in deep space, and three years ago, Seth woke up. Now it's her turn to join him. Together, Kiva and Seth must take an escape shuttle to search for the engine part their home ship needs to keep running. But it's been a long time since the Krakatoa has communicated with any of the other three ships harboring human civilization.


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Nothing is as it seems. These are the first words Kiva's best friend Seth says, after three years of silence. Kiva thought she was growing up in ancient Alexandria. That's what she and all her classmates had been led to believe by their parents. It turns out she was living in virtual reality, in a sleep chamber in deep space, and three years ago, Seth woke up. Now it's her Nothing is as it seems. These are the first words Kiva's best friend Seth says, after three years of silence. Kiva thought she was growing up in ancient Alexandria. That's what she and all her classmates had been led to believe by their parents. It turns out she was living in virtual reality, in a sleep chamber in deep space, and three years ago, Seth woke up. Now it's her turn to join him. Together, Kiva and Seth must take an escape shuttle to search for the engine part their home ship needs to keep running. But it's been a long time since the Krakatoa has communicated with any of the other three ships harboring human civilization.

30 review for The Tomb

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dylan

    2 stars. Big thanks to Fierce Reads for sending this my way early, but the entire thing screams meh all the way through.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Who Reads

    2 stars Not too hot. Messy and needs more thought + building into the world. Maybe good for people who haven't read any sci-fi ever.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* YA / Science Fiction *Rating* 3.0 *Thoughts* S.A. Bodeen's The Tomb has to be one of the strangest stories that I have read this year. And, that is saying a whole lot. The story is told in the third person narrative following a girl named Mika Stone. She truly believes that she is growing up in Alexandria. She goes to school, she trains to become a doctor under Alexandria's physician Fai, but she misses her friend Seth, who she hasn't spoken to in 3 years. Then one day, sh *Source* Publisher *Genre* YA / Science Fiction *Rating* 3.0 *Thoughts* S.A. Bodeen's The Tomb has to be one of the strangest stories that I have read this year. And, that is saying a whole lot. The story is told in the third person narrative following a girl named Mika Stone. She truly believes that she is growing up in Alexandria. She goes to school, she trains to become a doctor under Alexandria's physician Fai, but she misses her friend Seth, who she hasn't spoken to in 3 years. Then one day, she receives a creepy message from him. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    So definitely a series and with the switcheroo when Kiva came out of torp and realized that she was not in Alexandria anymore, it was definitely an SA Bodeen novel! I enjoyed that it's a quick jaunt in science fiction land because so much of it is heavy and wordy-- this one was to the point though rushed but obviously with a cliffhanger sequel, worldbuilding will come. The action certainly began to pickup steam once readers understood Kiva and Seth's situation aboard the ship and it transformed So definitely a series and with the switcheroo when Kiva came out of torp and realized that she was not in Alexandria anymore, it was definitely an SA Bodeen novel! I enjoyed that it's a quick jaunt in science fiction land because so much of it is heavy and wordy-- this one was to the point though rushed but obviously with a cliffhanger sequel, worldbuilding will come. The action certainly began to pickup steam once readers understood Kiva and Seth's situation aboard the ship and it transformed to an accessible drama of a future society where Earth is no longer habitable. The romance was ill-formed and needs to be developed, as does the backstory in a future novel but if she keeps them short, it's an absolute no-brainer recommendation for those that want to dip their toes into the waters before something like The Illuminae Files.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fallon

    I really liked this one!!! I hope there ends up being a sequel

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dessie Huynh

    Meh. This was boring AF! And implausible but mostly boring. The only reason I give this two stars instead of one is there was a cat involved...in space. There was a cute cat in space so I figured that deserved another star.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Josie

    I enjoyed the short, weird nature of this sci-fi story. The book is far from amazing; it is not full of revolutionary ideas and the plot is simple. However, this makes it kind of a sweet break from the modern line-up of dense series after series. It's hard to pin down why I enjoyed The Tomb when I think basically any old author could compile something like this in three months max. After all, it has like three plot elements total. So it just comes down to this: The Tomb is a break in the monoton I enjoyed the short, weird nature of this sci-fi story. The book is far from amazing; it is not full of revolutionary ideas and the plot is simple. However, this makes it kind of a sweet break from the modern line-up of dense series after series. It's hard to pin down why I enjoyed The Tomb when I think basically any old author could compile something like this in three months max. After all, it has like three plot elements total. So it just comes down to this: The Tomb is a break in the monotony of today's writing styles. Despite the fact that I (maybe conterintuitively) liked The Tomb, I have two substantial problems with it. The first problem is this: Seth has unrecognized communication issues. He is constantly shutting Kiva down for no reason, and she, having met a grand total of three guys in her life (two of which she says "don't count" because they were her virtual reality classmates) doesn't realize this or do anything about it. Conversations between Kiva and Seth frequently find Seth admitting something, Kiva being justifiably miffed, and then Seth spitting out some version of "you'll never understand" or "I shouldn't have told you anyway" and then walking away and ignoring her when she tries to iron out the newfound issues. It then somehow always falls to Kiva to apologize to Seth so he'll stop ignoring her. This could be a good set of character flaws (the quick to anger character and the naive character) if not for the fact that they are never recognized as flaws in the story; Bodeen somehow makes it seem like the failed conversations ARE actually Kiva's fault each time. My second problem with The Tomb is that there are a grand total of two action scenes in it. For a short novel, that fact by itself is actually fine. Both of these action scenes are presented so that Kiva, as the main character, naturally has an opportunity to perform the heroics that main characters so often do. The second action scene serves as the weird ending that aids in making The Tomb different from many stories. But the first action scene serves to further add inconsistency to Seth's already convoluted character. If Bodeen wants to make Seth's character the misunderstood-in-love guy, she needs to stick with his quick to anger flaw. Instead, after Kiva performs her actually less than impressive heroics, Seth suddenly becomes a totally different guy. He's suddenly way too patronizing, praising Kiva up and down for this small thing that she did. Once again, if Bodeen recognized, say in Kiva's internal dialogue, that Seth's behavior was weird and out of character, I could perhaps accept this. But Kiva doesn't notice anything, and so Seth's out of character antics just serve to confuse the reader.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Morning

    Title: The Tomb Author: S.A. Bodeen Genre: YA, fantasy, sci-fi Rating: 3 out of 5 Kiva grew up going to school, dreaming of being a doctor, and missing her best friend, Seth, the prince she hasn’t spoken to in three years. Life in ancient Alexandria was simple but good. Or so she thought. Until she finally speaks to Seth again, and his first words are “Nothing is as it seems.” Then Kiva finds out her world never existed at all. Instead, she’s been in a sleep chamber in deep space for years, and her w Title: The Tomb Author: S.A. Bodeen Genre: YA, fantasy, sci-fi Rating: 3 out of 5 Kiva grew up going to school, dreaming of being a doctor, and missing her best friend, Seth, the prince she hasn’t spoken to in three years. Life in ancient Alexandria was simple but good. Or so she thought. Until she finally speaks to Seth again, and his first words are “Nothing is as it seems.” Then Kiva finds out her world never existed at all. Instead, she’s been in a sleep chamber in deep space for years, and her world was all virtual reality. And Seth woke up three years ago and never told her the truth. Now the two of them must find the part their spaceship needs if they are to survive, but there’s been no contact with the other ships harboring the remnants of humanity for years. They’re not sure where they’re going. They’re not sure how to find what they need. And they’ll need all their broken trust in each other if they’re to survive. This book had an interesting premise, so I was excited to read it. However, within a few pages, most of my interest had faded. I’d love to read something actually set in ancient Alexandria, but I found things a bit anachronistic at first. Which makes sense, considering it was all virtual reality. I never grew to like Seth, and found him condescending and annoying, and Kiva was very naïve, so I didn’t trust anything she said or did. I felt like the story was still a little rough and wasn’t quite fully realized. The premise was promising, but the execution was less-than-stellar. (Galley provided by Feiwel & Friends in exchange for an honest review.) More reviews at Tomorrow is Another Day

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah K

    Thank you Fierce Reads for sending me an advanced copy of The Tomb. The Tomb felt like sci-fi lite, good for people who maybe aren’t really into sci-fi. The plot is fairly simple and not many characters. I think the target audience is 12-16, which I not. There wasn’t any language, sex or violence. There is some mild action and a dead corpse. The writing style is good and I was enjoying it for at least the first half. It was simple which was a nice change. It’s about a girl named Kiva who grew up i Thank you Fierce Reads for sending me an advanced copy of The Tomb. The Tomb felt like sci-fi lite, good for people who maybe aren’t really into sci-fi. The plot is fairly simple and not many characters. I think the target audience is 12-16, which I not. There wasn’t any language, sex or violence. There is some mild action and a dead corpse. The writing style is good and I was enjoying it for at least the first half. It was simple which was a nice change. It’s about a girl named Kiva who grew up in ancient Alexandria only to discover she’s on a space ship and was woken because they needed her help for a mission to fix a broken piece on the ship. I found the romance a bit eye rolly at times and that started to bug me. Also the characters felt immature. I know they’re young (16) but I’m used to my teen characters being a little less dense. Kiva was very dense at times when it came to reading people and circumstances. And the guy main character was so rude all the time. It was a short read and I do think one that people who maybe don’t like sci-fi could try. I also do think the target audience is a lot younger. I imagine my daughter enjoying this more than I did.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    The upside is this whole book can be read in one sitting. The downside is I read this book all the way through to the end. The upside is Ms. Bodeen writes amazing books every other time so as long as her next book is not a sequel to this, it will be great. I am not sure what was going on here. Give me a space story or give me a reincarnation story or...Just give me anything that doesn't have a totally absurd Deus Ex Machina forge in it. Seriously. There is a space forge. A forge. In space. Where The upside is this whole book can be read in one sitting. The downside is I read this book all the way through to the end. The upside is Ms. Bodeen writes amazing books every other time so as long as her next book is not a sequel to this, it will be great. I am not sure what was going on here. Give me a space story or give me a reincarnation story or...Just give me anything that doesn't have a totally absurd Deus Ex Machina forge in it. Seriously. There is a space forge. A forge. In space. Where a 15 year who has been out of suspended animation for 3 years has secretly built on a space ship where he makes knives. Seriously. That happens in this book. Also, pirates, space cats, a witch called Glinda, being able to walk after being out of suspended animation for a day but not being able to eat, and worrying that "he's not my boyfriend" when a serial killer and owner of said space cat is about to kill you. Sorry. Harsh. I know but Ms. Bodeen wrote The Compound. I know she can do something totally amazing. Thanks for the ARC to Net Galley. I really wanted this to be good.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    Kiva thinks she's living in ancient Alexandria, the childhood friend of the Egyptian prince. But this being an S. A. Bodeen novel, it turns out that nothing is as Kiva believes: in fact, she's a passenger aboard a spaceship departing from a ruined planet Earth, and what she believed to be her real life is nothing but a virtual reality fantasy (think The Matrix) while she's in suspended animation. When her friend from the VR--and from real life--awakens her to the truth of her situation, the stor Kiva thinks she's living in ancient Alexandria, the childhood friend of the Egyptian prince. But this being an S. A. Bodeen novel, it turns out that nothing is as Kiva believes: in fact, she's a passenger aboard a spaceship departing from a ruined planet Earth, and what she believed to be her real life is nothing but a virtual reality fantasy (think The Matrix) while she's in suspended animation. When her friend from the VR--and from real life--awakens her to the truth of her situation, the story kicks into high gear, becoming a fast-paced tale of survival in outer space. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the surprises in this book. I wasn't as enamored of the style, which relies overly much on single-sentence paragraphs for pacing and tension. On the whole, I think YA depends too much on this device, and my preference is for full paragraphs and a more leisurely read. I also was driven a little crazy (in a good way) by the cliffhanger ending; since this book isn't even out yet, it's going to be a long time before I find out what happens next!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)

    This was subpar in almost every way. The concept was so cool but the worldbuilding was lazy- Alexandria should have felt like I was reading historical fiction but it felt anachronistic, which they try to explain away within the text. It was a fast read and I was interested in seeing where the story goes but it ends in a cliffhanger that I don't really care about? Not the intention I'm sure. Shallow characters and romance didn't help either. I think younger readers or readers who don't read much This was subpar in almost every way. The concept was so cool but the worldbuilding was lazy- Alexandria should have felt like I was reading historical fiction but it felt anachronistic, which they try to explain away within the text. It was a fast read and I was interested in seeing where the story goes but it ends in a cliffhanger that I don't really care about? Not the intention I'm sure. Shallow characters and romance didn't help either. I think younger readers or readers who don't read much sci fi could maybe enjoy this but I was disappointed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    laf.out_loud

    I like everything besides the romance and the very last chapters. The last few chapters felt very crammed and rushed and the only thing I received from the romantic portions were that love is meaningless in the end, which was probably not the authors intention. Otherwise, I liked this take on space and the future.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patti Sabik

    Ugh. This book was such a disappointment. I’ve been so happy with other Bodeen books, but this one fell real short. Characters were flat, plot was just plain strange (and not in a fun way), and the “romance” was weird. The only reason I gave it two stars was because I was compelled to finish the story rather than bail on it, but since it ends on a cliffhanger I won’t be seeking out the sequel.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Terrible ending, especially since I kept reading through some dubious plot and character developments thinking there would be some sort of payoff. The first half of the book was sort of interesting, but it was like the author just gave up with the writing and the pacing after that. Read "Alive" by Scott Sigler and skip this one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tfalcone

    Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC. Undoubtedly, the beginning of a young adult series, The Tomb is based on the premise that Earth was plunged into an impact winter and some lucky people made it onto some space ships to find a new home. Kiva wakes up out of torpor suspension with very little memory of what was before.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Janet Martin

    Flashes of brilliance, but not quite realized on any level

  18. 5 out of 5

    LeAnn

    Bodeen is hit and miss; this is a definite miss.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Ugh, a series that breaks up what should be just one book. I hate when they do that.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Kiva (15) has spent her entire life believing she is living in Ancient Alexandria. All of her school classmates have been led to believe the same thing. The reality of Earth no longer existing hit one day when her best friend, Seth, "dies," but Kiva later finds him alive on a spaceship after she awoke from a deep sleep. Kiva also isn't happy that Seth has been awake for three years, and he let her continue to live a lie. The home shuttle is in desperate need of a new part to function, so Kiva an Kiva (15) has spent her entire life believing she is living in Ancient Alexandria. All of her school classmates have been led to believe the same thing. The reality of Earth no longer existing hit one day when her best friend, Seth, "dies," but Kiva later finds him alive on a spaceship after she awoke from a deep sleep. Kiva also isn't happy that Seth has been awake for three years, and he let her continue to live a lie. The home shuttle is in desperate need of a new part to function, so Kiva and Seth must put aside their differences to locate another ship...but not all ships are friendly. Face-paced science fiction thriller where the teens must work together to fight to save civilization.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This very short YA sci-fi has a promising twisty start, but the characters' actions and whiplash love/hate relationship were hard for me to believe. Maybe if there was more to it, more backstory of Earth or exposition on the history of the ships once they left, it would have diluted the angst. So though it's a cliffhanger ending, I think I'll pass on finding out what happens.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    WOW,WOW,WOW! I have read other books and series by this author, and this one does not disappoint. It is a great kick start to a new series (I hope!) with a unique enough premise to keep the reader hooked. Not having read a summary of what the book was about before opening it, I was a little confused in the beginning. But, it all became clear quickly and then it was hard to put down. Fans of any YA Dystopian series and fans of this author will not be disappointed!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Krys

    I was excited at the start of this book because I love space and strong female leads and just was looking forward to this. That was however was ruined once we meet Seth and see Kiva interact with him. His emotions give me whiplash, he’s all over the place and I’m supposed to believe that he loves Kiva, has loved her for awhile? I’m not feeling it. I honestly just really wanted her to take a good long look at him and realize that even not being with someone would be better than being with him. My I was excited at the start of this book because I love space and strong female leads and just was looking forward to this. That was however was ruined once we meet Seth and see Kiva interact with him. His emotions give me whiplash, he’s all over the place and I’m supposed to believe that he loves Kiva, has loved her for awhile? I’m not feeling it. I honestly just really wanted her to take a good long look at him and realize that even not being with someone would be better than being with him. My overall enjoyment of the book was generally ruined by Seth’s character. Thankfully The Tomb is a very fast read but I won’t be picking up the second book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Yara

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenni Frencham

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  28. 4 out of 5

    T.J. Burns

    I received a copy of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kortnee

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cyber

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