• Alive: Book One of the Generations Trilogy

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (1,487 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising comes a gripping sci-fi adventure in which a group of teenagers wake up in a mysterious corridor with no knowledge of who they are or how they got trapped. Their only hope lies with an indomitable young woman who must lead them not only to answers but to survival.

A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief - she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust but no people and no answers.

She knows only one thing about herself - her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin. She finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they're to have any chance, she must get them to trust one another.

Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there's a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.

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worth two credits!!!

great story and I love the narrator, she really brought the story to life. Scott Sigler dose it again!!!

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An excellent listen!!

Have you ever been watching a composer and he is holding a crescendo with one hand and using the other hand in a "more more come hither underhand wave"?? That's how this book was for me. Nonstop thirst for more as it built up and I am truly excited for the next book! The story is excellent and the narration is award worthy. Something about her voice fits this story perfectly. If you enjoy edge of your seat Sci fi this is a great choice.

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ANOTHER GREAT BOOK

Another great book by Scott Sigler! And Emma Galvin is very easy to listen to!

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Great book hope its not too long for the sequel

Scott really puts together a riveting story, I listened to the book straight through. Should make a great movie

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I will definitely be reading more of Sigler

First off, Emma Galvin does a wonderful job with the audiobook narration and I may have to grab the Divergent series for just that reason.

So, here we go. Alive begins with a girl who awakens to find herself locked inside of a coffin. No idea who she is, where she is or why she is in this predicament. She struggles to break free, and when she finally does, she realizes that she is not alone. Among her are several other closed coffins, all coated in dust…and bone. A noise startles her and she realizes that some of these coffins contain other people; kids her own age and who just so happen to have the same birthday as her: today. But why is that tid-bit of information the only thing they can remember?

After freeing a few other “survivors”, she comes to realize that names are engraved on each and every coffin. She looks to hers: M. Savage. Since she was the first to awaken and help free the others, she ends up being in charge. They must leave this room. They must find food, water…an adult. But what awaits them outside of this room, nothing could have prepared them: a hallway of bones, dust, and flesh but no people. At least, none that are still living…

M. is determined to lead, though she is not the biggest and baddest of the survivors. For some strange reason, the others follow her and fight for survival. What is at the end of this hallway? Will I find my parents? Food? Water? Will I find out why I was in that coffin? Will I find out just who I am?

There are a lot of people who compare this book to ‘The Maze Runner’, especially the beginning scenario. But, to be honest, even if there are some comparisons that can be made, Alive stands on its own. And don’t forget that. The action, though there is little, is enough to keep the blood pumping. The story itself is a good one as the runt of the group becomes the leader, though she has no confidence at all.

The only issues I had with the book were: A. It could’ve been a little bit shorter. There are a lot of scenes where the survivors are just walking around and M. has to describe, in detail, every single thing that is seen/head/touched/etc. B. I didn’t particularly love the Twilight-esque ‘Team Jacob vs Team Edward’ scenario that was going on with her “love” interests. I felt as if there was too much back and forth and it detracted from the story a bit.

Overall, I will be continuing this series, especially for the narration. On top of that, I will definitely be reading more of Sigler’s books because the dude can write.

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If you are under 14 years old you might enjoy this book. I struggled to get to the end. Boring :(

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A claustrophobic roller coaster ride.

What did you love best about Alive: Book One of the Generations Trilogy?

The similarities to 'Lord of the Flies" by William Golding while giving things urgency as the novel progresses.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The protagonist because of her many layers; most of which she discovers throughout the book.

Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

All the characters were well done.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

After I finished the book, I was excited for the next one and contemplative; it is a good, mixed feeling.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a complex story that has mysteries within mysteries to be solved and a well-rounded cast of characters including a strong (yet vulnerable) female protagonist, this book is definitely for you. While the slow burn approach and the first person, present tense narrative may irk some listeners, the payoffs and the overall journey getting to those rewards make it all worthwhile. This being the first book in a trilogy, there is a true sense of discovery as the scope of things expands and the stakes are raised. Loose ends are tied up to a degree by the novel's conclusion but the dust is far from settled. It is a claustrophobic roller coaster ride with many jolts, bumps, and twists along the way.

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Another great Sigler book!

Great read! Not exactly what I was expecting from Sigler, but very entertaining nonetheless. As a trilogy, this is a very nice setup of what's to come in the next books...very excited! I would highly recommend this read.

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A L I V E ... Who am I? Where am I? What is ????

A young woman awakes suddenly. She is trapped. She can’t see anything. Her hands are held at her sides by some kind of straps. Her feet can’t move either. Something is trying to bite her neck. She must get free. She struggles and is able to break one hand free. She grabs the snake and then bites its head off. But she is still trapped. She has to escape. She doesn’t know why she is here. She doesn’t know who she is. She just knows that she needs to be free.

That’s how Alive begins. You are seeing the panic and horror through her eyes. You will discover who you are and where you are, but before you can figure anything out, you need to escape. You have many more puzzles to figure out. The story is one of discovery. Everything is unknown.

Scott Sigler is beginning a new Young Adult series. This is a well written firsthand account of M. Savage. She is the person you see, and the story unfolds from her point of view. You get to know her as she gets to know herself, since she has no idea who she is, where she is, or why she is there. There are more people, but they are as lost as she is. The story is their story of discovery.

I enjoyed this book. It’s a very quick read, partially because it’s a short book, but also because the book is very hard to put down. It is definitely the first book in a series, but since there is some plot resolution, I’m not labeling it a serial, even though you will be anticipating book two.

“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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Not up to Sigler standards

I have been a long time listener of Scott's. This book at times left me bored. While the premise of the story was good it only moved along slowly. I kept waiting for the classic twist and when it finally got here it was....ok. He has done better. If I had the printed version of this book and not the audiobook I would have skipped entire chapters.

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  • Louise Hartgen
  • 08-17-15

So, So Disappointed!

What disappointed you about Alive: Book One of the Generations Trilogy?

I have truly loved the work of this author for years. I've followed him since he was a podcast novelist and watched his rise to bestseller with delight. I have to say I had qualms when I heard he was writing what I consider to be yet one more too many in the endless series of Hunger Games variants. Sorry, harsh words I know, but I've seen so many from the un-put-downable to the awful and this just doesn't work for me.

I didn't find anything to like in the main character, which for Sigler is very unusual. I mean, when someone like Quentin Barnes is being at his most bratty and unbearable you still can't help liking him. This kid is just bratty, and she gets more bratty as time goes on. In fact you can say the same about most of them up to the time, over half way through, when I turned off in disgust. Chances are if I haven't learned to care about the characters by then, I never will. It's such a shame. Scott's characters are what I really love usually. These were just like cartoons almost, so unlike him. I was also unhappy with the narration, but that's a matter of taste. Emma Galvin does a good job but I find her voice nasal, sharp and unpleasant to listen to.

Would you ever listen to anything by Scott Sigler again?

Oh I would certainly listen to Scott's books again! That's why I'm so vehement probably. I know he can do miles, miles better than this!

Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Galvin’s performances?

No. I really don't like her voice.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'm sorry, but I'm afraid not. I do try to find something positive to say, and Scott Sigler is an author, and a person, I truly admire, but I really didn't like this at all.

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  • Heisenberg
  • 02-21-21

Good but not the best of Sigler

This was good, but nowhere near Scott Sigler at his best. It felt all a little bit hunger gamesish.

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  • MsRanPan
  • 12-05-15

Intrigued...

*Disclaimer* I love Scott Siglers work so am potentially very biased! I loved it, I like how the main character develops and whilst others have complained about her 'moaning', I really liked that the main character was a young woman facing challenges for leadership whilst facing an older female enemy. I felt a lot of the self doubt was very realistic for a young woman and I wish I had read this a few years ago when I was younger. Considering it is written by a man I think this is an excellent role model for young women. I also enjoyed the story line and although at times it risked being a little slow it didn't quite drop to that point. I will definately be getting the next instalment!

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  • mr peter a r pryde
  • 07-14-15

Winner

As a fan of sigler I was nervous as a female lead is a hard thing to get my head around as a fan but OMG Emma galvin knocked it out of the park.
This will appeal to any fan of sci fi or dystopian fiction

Nice one Scot

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  • Kevin
  • 07-31-22

Classic Sigler

I love Scott Sigler stories and I will look forward to listening to the rest of this series

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  • Mike
  • 09-30-21

You won’t be disappointed

Easily one of best audiobook / drama I’ve listened to to date. Slightly slow to begin with so stick with it but wow does it become an amazing, unique storyline. I’ve just completed the trilogy for the 2nd time. Love it

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  • Paul
  • 02-23-21

Definitely for Young adults

Story was ok, but most definitely for the younger reader, I can see this becoming Twilight in Space.

Not my cup of tea and will not be getting any more.

Narration was good though.

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  • Lucy Moss
  • 02-20-21

Didn't Even Bother To Finish It

It takes a lot for me to not finish a book and I really persevered with this one but it defeated me in the end. As noted by other reviewers, the whiny nasal drone of the narrator is hard to deal with at the best of times, but match that with a story that goes on and on and ON about teenage girls' breasts (and thighs) and breasts jiggling, and breasts, and did I mention the breasts?
Not sure if this is meant to be YA Fiction but if I was a teenage girl listening to this, I'd be getting a strong sense of objectification. People don't listen to/read books to be made to feel bad/self-concious about their bodies. It's a shame, because the story itself was quite interesting but the author's fascination with teenage girls' breasts is really disturbing. Combine that with The Narrator That Whines and it's a big fat no from me.

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  • Derek
  • 03-14-17

Wow

Scott Sigler @ his best hooked from the first page eagerly waiting for book 2 now

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  • Starskibopbop
  • 04-24-16

Scott Sigler does it again! <br />

How great would it be to see a big budget, Hollywood adaptation of this book?

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  • Grant Green
  • 07-15-15

Shock and Gore

After listening to the innocent voice of the narrator in the free podcast, I had to hear more, this book will not not disappoint, the author is a master cunninglinquist and creates scenarios full of suspense and sets up scenes that take you from empathy to horror and back again! A true tale to surprise.

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