Welcome to the nbmagazine.co.uk stop on the blog tour for The Museum of Second Chances by A.E. Warren!
Here’s a little info about the book:
What happens when the future recaptures the past?
In a post-apocalyptic world the human race has evolved beyond us through genetic engineering – and we’ve been left behind to make amends for the damage inflicted on the earth. The reversal of the extinction of long lost animals is key to our reparations and all of these are housed in the Museum of Evolution, along with another species of human that hasn’t existed for 30,000 years.
Elise belongs to the lowest order of humans, the Sapiens. She lives with her parents in an ostracised community of impoverished, ecological houses, built to blend with an idyllic landscape. Deciding to widen her stagnating life in the manufacturing base, she takes a chance opportunity to become a Companion to a previously extinct species of human.
But Elise has secrets of her own that threaten to be exposed now that she is away from the safety of her home. And while living in the museum, Elise realises that little separates her from the other exhibits…
And about author A.E. Warren:
A.E. Warren lives in the UK. A not-so-covert nerd with mildly obsessive tendencies, she has happily wiled away an inordinate amount of time reading and watching sci-fi/fantasy. She is interested in the ‘what ifs’. The Museum of Second Chances is her first novel and she is currently working on the second instalment of the ‘Tomorrow’s Ancestors’ series.
And here’s Gill Chedgey’s review of The Museum of Second Chances:
There’s something about dystopian fiction that creates an indefinable mood that endures no matter what the situation or who the protagonists may be. And reading this debut from A.E. Warren did nothing to swerve me from that opinion! Reading this, it was as if the spirits of Katniss, Tris and Thomas even were watching over this narrative, nodding approvingly as Elise diverges her way through a maze of typical dystopian hierarchies.
The setting is the Museum of Evolution, and that set me wondering how prophetic that might be in years to come if we continue to annihilate our planet. It’s an original premise. With the aim of reversing extinction and creating a kind of conservation zoo for extinct species, the museum is not the cuddly place you might expect. Or maybe it is if you are a visitor. But there’s much going on in terms of bureaucracies and conventions that suggest one slip and you’ll be on the receiving end of potential extinction yourself.
However, our heroine, Elise, is made of strong stuff and she has a secret to keep that is both a blessing and a curse if the ‘management’ were to discover it. She’s an intelligent protagonist and I guess the intention is that she mirrors our own thoughts about what is going in within the museum. The action flits between the museum and Elise’s home, where her parents and aurally challenged brother, Nathan, reside under a mantle of undisclosed anxiety that is revealed fully later in the book and precipitates a course of action for Elise that is the perfect springboard for another book in the series. Elise’s work in the museum is that of companion to an extinct species of human that is being ‘unextincted’. More than that I’ll not say!
It’s a laudable debut with a sustained narrative and some solid characterisations that demand the reader keep on their toes and reevaluate these people as the action progresses. It is straightforward storytelling, too, any past information is a ‘within the narrative reveal’ with no need for flashbacks. There is a goodly balance of nail-biting moments and tender moments and for devotees of the Hunger Games, Maze Runner and Divergent series this should satisfy. It satisfied me! But I’m sick! I was offered the chance to participate in both blog tours for this and the follow-up book and I just went for this due to other commitments. Now I’m kicking myself because I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! and I want to know NOW! It has to be a good book that does that, doesn’t it?
Gill Chedgey 4*
The Museum of Second Chances by A.E. Warren
Locutions Press 9781999919900 pbk Feb 2018