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THE HIDDEN BASE by A.E. Warren

She wants to escape the past. Is she doomed to repeat it? In the spectacular sequel to Subject Twenty-One, Elise and her friends have unearthed the truth that has been kept from them their whole lives and escaped the Museum of Evolution – but at what cost?

After a perilous escape, Elise and her companions have made it to the safety of the secret fifth base, Uracil, but her family is still in danger. Desperate to secure them passage and a safe place to live, she makes a deal with the leaders of Uracil – she’ll become their spy, jeopardising her own freedom in the process.

But first she has to help rescue the next Neanderthal, Subject Twenty-Two.

Twenty-Two has never left the confines of the steel walls that keep her separated from the other exhibits. She has no contact with the outside world and no way of knowing why she has been abandoned. With diminishing deliveries of food and water, she has to start breaking the museum’s rules if she wants a second chance at living.

One belongs to the future and the other to the past, but both will need to adapt – or neither will survive.


Title : The Hidden Base
Author : A.E. Warren
Series : Tomorrow’s Ancestors #2
Format : Physical
Page Count : 340
Genre : Dystopian
Publisher : DelRey UK
Release Date : July 1, 2021

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★


Micky’s 4 star review

Headlines:
Freedom doesn’t last
Prejudices & plotting
Utopia or Dystopian life in Uracil

I’m still rather enamoured by this dystopian world in the Tomorrow’s Ancestors series. While Elise remained central to this story, Subject Twenty-Two was introduced and these two characters had pretty much alternate chapters.

Uracil remained an oasis in this world but perhaps not as shiny as it was first thought. This story saw the crew travel across the plains to different bases in what turned out to be an incredibly messy mission. Seeing Twenty-Two develop then meeting Kit was interesting, I hope to see more of their friendship develop. I definitely want to see more Elise and Samuel.

There lots of twists and nefariousness in this story. Potiors and those similar just aren’t worthy of trust, the rest of the species seem to have the potential for decency. I’m really looking forward to seeing where book three goes.

If you fancy a really unique YA dystopian world, I highly recommend this series.

SUBJECT TWENTY-ONE by A.E. Warren

What if our future lies 40,000 years in our past? Subject Twenty-One is an astonishing debut novel in which a young woman’s refusal to accept the status quo opens her eyes to the lies her society is built on.

Elise’s world is forever changed when she is given the opportunity of a lifetime – to work at the Museum of Evolution and be a Companion to the Neanderthal, Subject Twenty-One.

As a Sapien, a member of the lowest order of humans, she and others like her are held responsible for the damages inflicted on the world by previous generations. This job may be Elise’s only chance to escape a stagnating life in an ostracised and impoverished community.

But it doesn’t take long for Elise to realise that, away from the familiarity and safety of her home, her own secrets are much harder to conceal.

And the longer she stays the more she comes to realise that little separates her from the exhibits . . . and a cage of her own.


Title : Subject Twenty-One
Author : A.E. Warren
Series : Tomorrow’s Ancestors #1
Format : Paperback
Page Count :304
Genre : Sci-fi
Publisher : Del Rey UK
Release Date : July 1, 2021

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★


Micky’s 4 star review

Headlines:
Great concept
Page turner
Friendship & respect

Subject Twenty One was so easy to get into and honestly, this was such a fast and easy book to read. This ‘Jurassic Park-esque’ concept grabbed me immediately and I really enjoyed the immersion in such an unusual story of a dystopian future.

This world with three different species of sapien, showed humanity not at its best. Elise, at the bottom of that rung was employed at a museum to be a companion to Subject Twenty One. The build up to this and the time working with him was just so interesting. Still, I wanted to know Kit better than I did at the end. I’m hoping for more of that from the second book.

There was so much plot to unfurl in this story but it was easy to follow. Trust was an underlying theme and it was truly hard to know who was trustworthy. Even Elise’s family were suspicious to me. I liked Samuel, quite a lot and again, I want to know more about him.

This book was a fresh, gripping read with themes of suspense, trust, ethics and friendships. I am so on board with this world and I’m dying to read more; I can’t wait for book two.

Thank you to DelRey UK for the review copy.