Title: The Mark of Noba
Author: G.L Thomas
Published: 12th August 2015
My Rating: 3/5
Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a few rules, have some fun, and maybe even work up the nerve to ask his crush out on a date.
But things don’t go exactly as planned. Students are disappearing, Sterling starts losing time, and it all seems to center around Tetra, a girl no one else seems to notice but him. When he finally tracks her down for answers, they aren’t what he expects: He and Tetra hail from a world called Noba, and they’re being hunted by a Naga, a malevolent shapeshifter that’s marked them for destruction.
Tetra and Sterling have distinct abilities that can help them fight back, but their power depends heavily on the strength of their bond, a connection that transcends friendship, transcends romance. Years apart have left their bond weak. Jumpstarting it will require Sterling to open his heart and his mind and put his full trust in the mysterious Tetra.
If he doesn’t, neither of them will survive
I received this book in an exchange for an honest review, kind regards to Lola's Blog Tours and the Author
This book is very interesting, it's nothing like I thought it would be. Time travel and Sci-Fi mixed in to one? Nice. I can tell you the Author did a very good job of it, this book is definitely intriguing!
Two main protagonists; Sterling and Tetra. Both are very alike but different at the same time. Both Sterling and Tetra are shown to be from another world called Noba, than the one they are currently on, Geo. I have to say the naming of the planets, worlds or galaxies or whatever you want to call them is very interesting! I was a couple of chapters in before I realised the names were actually the names of the places of where they live, like worlds not countries according to my understanding.
Sterling is a very interesting character and what I would describe as a very common one who we can relate to in some form or another as he shares some of the dilemma's we might have experienced or will do so in the future as a teenager (depends on the present or future). He is not very athletic, popular or academically gifted, yet he is shown to be friends with the popular crowds who they refer to as the 'Golden ones' I think. He has only one aim in his senior year, to make his senior year worth it, how you may ask? Well he does not know that himself. Interesting things begin to happen in a PE lesson, after that? Well lets just say that is where the plot begins. Enters Tetra...who Sterling believes he is hallucinating as no one else can see her except him. I can tell you that the name introductory scenes would have to be my all time favourite scene, I loved it! It made me laugh so much! :D
Tetra....is what I would say rigid and does not fully understand the way of life on Geo so she faces certain obstacles in the way. This kind of reminds me of like a robot in my head, as there would be certain things that cannot be explained. She is a very interesting character, simple, honest and straightforward are the qualities which I admire in her, which is also how she wins everyone's attention. I love the depth of her character, even if she does not understand something, she would do what is required of her to do to make someone happy. I really loved that about her. Without giving any spoilers away, there are many interesting twists and turns that await for both of these characters.
I was heartbroken and still am when I think of poor Kip, I wasn't very happy with his ending. I really liked his character :( Why did you do this???