Selected (The Zaratan Trilogy: Book 1)

Young Adult

SCI-FI:  People of Earth are mystified when three towns in the Arctic Circle, Russia and China are destroyed. Mystery turns to terror when the culprits are revealed as Zaratanians, come to reclaim the earth children who are descendants of their alien ancestors. The purpose is to repopulate the planet Zaratan, decimated by a devastating pandemic. Fourteen year-old Kara Howard is chosen to return to Zaratan, along with many other children between the ages of 12-15. Her neighbor and long-time crush, Matt, is also chosen and sticks close, determined to protect his “Special K”. On the ship, the other-worldly Jim stakes his claim on Kara as a potential mate, creating tension. Different familial groups are revealed, proving that alien life forms battle the same prejudices. 


“Selected” enters space and leaps to warp speed at an astronomical pace, taking the reader along for a fabulous ride! Ms. Lederman’s world-creating ability is second to none, as is her crafting of a remarkable storyline that will leave everyone wondering “What if?” It’s a unique combination of “Twilight”, “Romeo and Juliet”, with a little “Hunger Games” and “Survivor” thrown in for good measure. The writing is clean, the conflicts are believable, the dialogue natural, and the action scenes so well-orchestrated one can easily follow and imagine them happening. This story grabs from the first line, demanding the reader’s attention and holds it until the last page…which is only the beginning of Kara and Matt’s new life. Exceptional story…highly enjoyable read…and a keeper for any lover of YA Sci-Fi. Great job!


Clarice Silvers