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  • Packs an emotional punch

    Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite The Renascent World is a work of fiction in the science fiction, romance, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author Carryn W. Kerr. The work is aimed at both young adult and adult readers to enjoy and it is largely accessible, though it does contain moderate references to murder and scenes of violence. In this thrilling opening to a new series, we find ourselves following the life and exploits of Cassidy Jones, who has lived beyond the destruction of Earth and escaped to what seems to be a blissful utopia. But when she is presented with the mate she is expected to welcome into her arms, Cassidy finds herself longing for another. And he is still on Earth. Author Carryn W. Kerr has crafted a moving YA sci-fi romance that will certainly tick all the right boxes for readers seeking powerful first love and high-risk action and adventure. One of the things which most impressed me about the work was the conceptual framework and Petriville itself as a town that has quite literally placed itself above it all. Cassidy is a great heroine with real vulnerabilities, showcased by the author’s talent for close narration, and her passions take her to many risky decisions, but this is also very relatable to the intended reading audience. As such, there’s plenty of high drama, suspense, and thrills that will keep the reader turning from page to page. Overall, I would definitely recommend The Renascent World for fans of dystopia and romance that really packs an emotional punch.

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  • Very well-written!

    Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite The Renascent World by Carryn W. Kerr is a young adult science fiction novel that will make you hold your breath as you read on. Cassidy's parents took her and her brother Liam away from Earth to live in Petriville, a sphere of a town that orbits Earth. Almost everyone lost their lives on Earth when a meteor hit the surface. But now that Cassidy is 16, she is expected to mate with a person she doesn't know, and she is not ready to sign away herself like this. She refuses and now she and her family are in trouble with Gina, the founder of Petriville. But all hope is not lost for her. She finds Eric, a boy from Earth, whom she contacts via a hologram and they fall in love. But Gina has terrifying plans for Cassidy and the remaining people on Earth. She will stop at nothing to get what she wants unless Cassidy defeats her in time. But is Cassidy strong enough to do that? The Renascent World is a perfect mixture of science fiction and dystopian genres. Usually, this is not a good mix, but Carryn W. Kerr makes it work wonderfully. The themes of romance, camaraderie, love, and family run high in this story. The story opens with these themes, and it ends with these themes. Cassidy's relationship with her brother is comforting, which is something she needs to survive her future. I admit, I wasn't keen on Eric, but as the story progressed, I fell in love with him too. Gina is a great villain. She is shrewd, cunning, and knows how to get the job done. I hope the author comes up with a sequel soon because the ending left me wanting more! Really well written and developed.

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  • Drama and suspense

    Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite The Renascent World: Book 1 by Carryn W. Kerr is an evocative young adult sci-fi drama. Meet Cassidy Jones, a 16-year-old girl who escaped a catastrophic meteorite that destroyed Earth except for a few survivors. She has shunned an arranged relationship in favor of a forbidden one with a boy from Earth, named Eric, who is a hologram and one of the last few survivors. She is in space with her parents in a town called Petriville, and now she will do just about anything to be with Eric in the flesh. Petriville is about to return to Earth, but will Cassidy meet up with Eric, or will Petriville's founder Gina (who also arranged the mate for Cassidy) put an end to her happiness? This scenario takes place in a future time of course, where customs, laws, and social norms are very different from what we know today. What I like about this sci-fi story are the elements of drama and suspense, and the choice made by Kerr to portray Cassidy, her brother Liam, Jonas, and the other young characters as typical, relatable adolescents. The first-person narrative lends a personal touch to the story and heightens the angst, and the dialogue is fresh. The storyline is unique, and the psychological aspects are compelling. And if that isn't enough, the author has a romance between a human teenager and a hologram. This puts a nice twist on the sci-fi genre in a way that makes you so curious you have to keep reading. So, given all the reasons to become interested in the story, I will say that it never disappoints, and is highly entertaining. You get the feeling that these are real teenagers with future problems. This author knows her YA audience well, and I think they will love The Renascent World: Book 1 by Carryn W. Kerr.

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  • An exciting adventure

    Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite When an autocratic leader orders the teens under her domain to mate with a specific person within a defined period of time, one girl rebels, drastically changing her friends and families lives in the dramatic new adult novel The Renascent World (Book 1) by Carryn W. Kerr. When Cassidy Jones was five years old, an extinction-level meteor was traveling to earth, so she and her family entered Petriville, the sphere created by her parents' employer, Gina Petri. When Cassidy turns sixteen, Gina sends out a mandate to all the teens, assigning each a partner and the directive to mate with them within a year. Angry that she isn't allowed to choose who she loves, the stirrings of rebellion begin to fester within Cassidy. Soon after, while interning in her mother's office, Cassidy meets Eric through a hologram sent from earth. However, what Cassidy learns through their contact alters her perspectives of her perfect life. There is more to Petriville than what everyone has been told, and this new knowledge endangers Cassidy and her family and friends. Is Gina really the benevolent benefactor she portrays herself to be? What sinister agenda is she concealing? The Renascent World (Book 1) by Carryn W. Kerr is a profound and exciting young adult novel. Skillfully written, the characters are well-developed, the plot flows seamlessly, and the story engages the reader from the very beginning. Brimming with action, suspense, and drama, the plot flows at a brisk pace, creating a compelling story arc that culminates in an electrifying conclusion. Containing violence and murder, it is a riveting post-apocalyptic novel that will captivate readers from the ages of twelve to eighteen and anyone else who loves an exciting dystopian adventure.

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