Book Review: Extraction by Stephanie Diaz

Posted August 7, 2014 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Extraction by Stephanie DiazExtraction by Stephanie Diaz
Series: Extraction #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on 2014-07-22
Genres: Fiction, Girls & Women, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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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 of Hunger Games and Ender's Game and leave them breathless for more.

I am not totally sure where to start with “Extraction” by Stephanie Diaz. I was extremely disappointed with this book. A huge reason is because I felt like a lot of it was copy catting other books. I know a lot of stories are going to be similar and similar story lines but this one just felt way too familiar. I feel like there is was too many things that are like the Hunger Games, Divergent, Ender’s Game, and a few more. It was like there were many ideas taken from each book and shoved into another one. Even the characters felt pretty empty.

It is hard to have an open mind about a book when you feel like it has been copied off of another book. I just had a really hard time reading this one. I felt like it dragged on and on. Clementine the main character goes through a series of tests just like Divergent to see if she is a chosen one to go to the core. There the characters get all of their flaws taken away like the Uglies series. I feel like there were a lot of ideas that were taken from other books and mashed into one book. I had a really hard time getting into this one.

When blurbs raise high expectations for their books, it makes it a whole lot harder for the reader to not also have these high expectations. I think the story line could have been a lot better. I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading this book because there are plenty of good reviews out there. I just have a hard time really getting into something that I have already read but by a different author. I think Diaz could be a great writer, I just want to see more originality.


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.

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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