• The Rift Uprising

  • The Rift Uprising Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Amy S. Foster
  • Narrated by: Claire Coffee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (125 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“High emotional stakes and an intriguing premise make this first entry in Foster’s new trilogy a solid next read for those who enjoyed Pierce Brown’s Red Rising or Veronica Roth’s Divergent." (Library Journal)

An alternate reality that feels all-too-real, The Rift Uprising is the explosive start to a new trilogy that blurs the line between parallel universes - not to mention YA and adult science fiction - from acclaimed lyricist and storyteller Amy S. Foster.

Seventeen-year-old Ryn Whittaker is a Citadel: an elite, enhanced soldier specially chosen to guard a Rift, a mysterious and dangerous portal to alternate Earths scientists cannot control or close. Trained from the age of 14, Ryn can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL - which is good when you’re not sure if a laser-wielding Neanderthal or an axe-wielding Viking is trying to make it through the Rift and into your world.

But the teenager’s military conditioning and education have not prepared her for the boy who crosses through - a confused young man, seemingly lost and alone. While there’s an immediate physical attraction, it’s his intelligence and curiosity that throws Ryn off balance. The stranger asks disturbing questions about the Rift that Ryn herself has never considered - questions that lead her to wonder if everything about her life and what she’s been told these past six years has been a lie. Are the Rifts as dangerous as her leaders say? Should her people really try to close them...or learn how to travel through them? 

©2016 Amy S. Foster (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Mediocrity In Bloom

Just could not get into this book. It seemed very repetitive and somewhat juvenile. It had some very good science fiction ideas, but they were not executed well. The basic premise was that of rifts opening up on earth that let people go to other parallel earths. A very interesting idea. There is also a mystery of why the government wants these rifts locked down and kept secret. There just was not enough suspense and intrigue to keep the story moving along. Narration was average.

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Well-read, unrefined story

I listened to the entire trilogy and it was ok. The reading was well done, but the writing was a bit clumsy and amateurish. The story contains a lot of the same young adult tropes as a lot of other trilogies. The concept is pretty interesting though and the revelations in the second and third book are worth getting to.

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Not for young adults

This story is well written, but definitely for 18+ adults as it uses sexuality as part of the plot line, overly so in my opinion. I would not want a younger person reading / listening to this story and definitely leans to a more left progressive stance. The story itself is not bad and the performance is great, but the use of sexuality as a narrative point for young adults pushed my rating of this story down.

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Long walk for a short drink of water.

So I was thrown for loop with this book. The Rift: Uprising is being marketed as science fiction, and I don’t mean in a broad “of course it’s sci-fi” kind of way, I mean it’s a actually categorized in the normal sci-fi section. But after reading it, it’s pure YA.

I’m glad I noticed this early on, it gave me a chance to, in a sense, switch my brain. Necessary in order to properly enjoy the bulk of the book.

Aside from the awkward make out scenes, it’s only real shortcoming is the fact that not very much happened.
- Soldier girl is out on duty
- Boy from another dimension arrives
- Girl falls in love with boy
- Boy tells girl his concerns about her world
- Girl learns truth
- Boy and girl escape
Very formulaic and doesn’t indulge in the opportunity to further the complexity of its characters, the world, or the story.

That being said, it’s still a very solid book. Its got action, romance, aliens, and a pretty decent plot twist. I guess you could say there’s comfort in its simplicity. As I’ve said before with other YA books, it’s not going to blow your mind, but if your just looking for something easy and enjoyable, here you go.

*Side-note*
I can’t help but think that The Rift is what The 5th Wave wished it was (dear god, how The 5th Wave sucked).

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Good read even for old adults

This is a YA sci-fi, but it doesn't get lost in the YA part of it as so many YA books do. Sure that is some but fits the story without drowning in it. I mostly like hard SF, and this story does get kind of close.

Wren is not a Mary Sue and fits will with the story,.

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Pleasantly surprised

For me the story started out a little slow but picked up. At first I was thinking of returning the book. I'm really glad I didn't. I'm going to listen to the second book.
The story did remind me of one the futuristic movies that was popular (Hunger Games). You adults running the show while taking advantage of children but in the end the children revolt.
This was worth the read.

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Great Story.

I like books that keep my interest and this one did a great job of it. Listening to it allows me to work while getting to hear a great book in a time when I don't have time to sit down and read.

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Awesome start to a series

This book had an awesome female protagonist and even though she’s a super smart and enhanced the author did a great job in showing her growth throughout the story. The only reason this did not get the full five stars performance wise is because I found the the narrators voice when reading the Roone/Rune (no idea what the proper spelling is) portions to be super annoying.

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Definitely a winner

This is a a very enjoyable Story that you find interesting, provocative, and fun. Outstanding for all ages, you will not wrong you will not go wrong choosing this boo!!!