Moongazing…Whatever That Means

Alternity by Mari Mancusi

First Look:

Um…at least she’s not wearing a fancy dress?  It does show some plot elements, so that’s nice, but it’s also pretty cheesy and screams YA, if you’re an adult who’s sensitive about that.

Jacket Copy:

Imagine waking up in a post-apocalyptic, nightmare world–and being told your whole life is but a dream. Skye Brown thought she was your typical teen–good grades, hot boyfriend, and an afterschool job that pays her to play videogames. But then she started having the dreams.

In her dreams, there is no Earth. Only Terra, a bleak, underground wasteland where people live in squalor and oppression. In her dreams, there is no Skye–only Mariah, a rebel leader fighting against a vile, dystopian regime. And then there’s Dawn, a handsome, but haunted solider who sees her as but an empty shell of the girl he once love–a betrayer he vows to hate forever, despite what she sees deep in his eyes.

Now, ripped between Dark Siders and club kids, the mundane and the mystic, Skye finds herself in a fight against time–to learn who she really is, where she belongs..and why. The shocking truth will have her questioning her own reality…and her heart.


It’s possible, but everything seemed to wrap up fairly decisively by the end.

Worth Reading?

Sci-Fi Action Movie:  just like any action movie, it’s a good ride, though it may or may not be very memorable, and may occasionally have some very clunky dialogue.  This one happens to have a sci-fi bent, which for me, helps provide some interest in the world.

Notable Things:

Moongazing!  I still don’t really understand why the term “moongazing” was used to describe it, but it’s an activity that is central to the the plot, and is also mysterious in nature.  Figuring out what it was and what it meant was my central motivation as a reader of this book.

Alternate Universe!  Skye/Mariah seems to be living two lives in two universes.  Which one is her real life, and which is a dream?


Like I said, this book was a fun ride, with a mystery at its heart.  The mystery is mostly what kept me reading through the frequently clunky dialogue and sometimes repetitive narration.  I don’t want to say that Mancusi’s writing style is without merit, but it could perhaps use some further polishing.  The names (Skye, Dawn, Duske) were distractingly on-the-nose, and some of the later romantic scenes were awfully saccharine.

Despite all these cosmetic issues, I found myself enjoying the book a lot, especially when Skye/Mariah finally decided to commit to the cause and begin figuring out the mysteries of Terra.  So, was it perfect? No.  But it was a lot of fun, just like an action movie.


I received a free digital ARC from the publisher via Netgalley.


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