Review: Elemental by Antony John

November 5, 2012 Antony John, ARC, Book Review, Dial, Dystopian, Elemental, Elements, Fantasy, Pirates, Sci-fi, YA, Young Adult 14

Expected Publication Date: November 21st 2012

From Goodreads:

A mysterious and powerful fantasy adventure from a Schneider Award winner

In the near future, most of the population of the United States has been destroyed by the plague. The few remaining survivors live in colonies on the barrier islands off the East Coast. In one colony near Cape Hatteras, almost all the members have elemental powers and can control wind, water, earth, and fire. All but sixteen-year-old Thomas. When the Guardians, the powerful adult leaders, are kidnapped by pirates seeking to take over their colony, it is up to Thomas and a small group of teens to save them and preserve the mysteries of the island.

Fast action, strategy, and mystery churn together into a bold and fresh fantasy from an award-winning author.


Elemental is the first novel I have read that deals with the elements – earth, wind, fire and water – so I dove in with an open mind, not knowing what to expect. What I found was fun and excitement!

Right from the beginning the action started when a storm divides the colony and Pirates show up on their island. Thomas, along with his friends, must embark on a mission to save their families and discover what the Pirates are truly after. I was immediately swept into the the plot and eager to discover how all of the elements worked and wanting to discover all the little secrets to who these people are. I thought the Pirates added a great element of excitement. I mean, who doesn’t love a good Pirate? It was sort of a slow build to learning about everything they could do with their elements, as they seemed to evolve a bit throughout the novel. And though I enjoyed the pacing for the most part, I was often annoyed that everyone repeatedly dodged answering the questions Thomas, the main character, was asking because I wanted to know too! It did keep me guessing right until the very end and though I was still left with a lot of questions, I am sure they will be answered in the next installment.

As someone who is different from the rest of the colony, I found Thomas to be a little sad but incredibly likable. He struggles a little bit with being so different but he is determined to contribute in any way possible. I loved his scenes with his little brother, Griffin. They are fiercely protective of each other and Thomas seems to be the only one who made an effort to learn some sort of sign language to communicate with his deaf brother. There were also some sweet moments between Thomas and two girls, yes TWO. Rose is the girl he has crushed on for so long and even the adults seem to have meant for them to be together. But then there is Alice! I loved her! She was brave and rebellious, but also very secretive. I saw a lot of chemistry there, so it will be interesting to see if this turns into a love triangle.

Overall I really enjoyed this story. I thought the premise was very different and amazing. Again, my one main issue was that I felt like it ended too soon. I needed a little bit more resolution at the end.



Sara @ Forever 17 Books

14 Responses to “Review: Elemental by Antony John”

  1. Fiona Paul

    YAY 🙂 Antony John is the best. If you’re not into pirates and fantasy, try his contemp Five Flavors of Dumb. I was lucky enough to read part of a future project and lemme tell ya, this guy can write in all genres. Go St. Louis YA authors!

  2. Candace

    I love Antony John! Five Flavors of Dumb is one of my favorite contemps!
    I got this one from netgalley but it won’t let me read it for some reason. I really want to read the book though so I guess I need to get an email out to the publisher to see what’s up with it.
    I’m glad you enjoyed this one!

  3. Ash

    Ooooh this one looks like one of the books I’ll fall in love with! The cover is smashing too. Thumbs up for the great review.

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