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Age of the Almek Review

This book was a rollercoaster of a ride. Just when I thought we had seen the worst, something else was thrown into the mix.


Rating: 5/5

They are taught that desertion is death and loyalty is life – The Almek must look to the future and ignite change it they are to cure the water and save humanity.


Man-made pollution has altered Earth's water making it too toxic for human consumption–with the exception of a single underground, uncontaminated spring in Michigan. The last living humans cultivate the land and manage survival. Together they have formed The Almek civilization.


The Almek live in confinement, forced to operate according to the inhumane laws and barbaric control of their corrupt rulers.


For eighteen years they have survived. But The Almek's way of life now faces it's greatest tribulation yet: their natural spring is depleting and they must find a cure for the Earth's most precious resource or face absolute extinction.

I received a copy of Age of the Almek from the author, Tara A. Lake herself. In return for an honest review. Thank you so much for this opportunity!


This book took me much much longer than I anticipated. But it was worth every minute. I loved reading this from the first page all the way through its painful cliffhanger. I just finished and I’m already dying for the sequel to see what happens next.


I loved reading this from the first page all the way through its painful cliffhanger.

We follow a complex world that’s the fall of our own. We see a group of survivors build a new society with a whole new set of rules and traditions.


This reminded me just how much I love science fiction books especially those set in a dystopian future. And this didn’t seem too far-fetched either, I could painfully see this as a potential outcome for our world. It made this all that more interesting.


While I didn’t agree with all the choices in the storyline, I enjoyed reading every bit of it. There were so many moving parts and so many characters. Honestly, I thought I was going to get confused, but the storyline was so easy to follow. It wasn’t difficult at all bouncing between the different points of view.


There were so many moving parts and so many characters. Honestly, I thought I was going to get confused, but the storyline was so easy to follow.

And this book reads like a show! At least it did for me. In fact, it even reminded me of one of my favorite series The 100. But only a little bit! Just in regards to how the society rules were set up. I found Age of the Almek to be uniquely its own.


And even with how long it took me to finish when I picked it up again, it would completely suck me in like we never stopped. I love books like this. No matter what keeps you from reading or how long it’s been since you last read it when you do pick it up again, it completely captures your attention. And Age of the Almek did just that every time!


I do feel a bit bad for how long this book took me to read. But this is an absolute chonker. The print version of this says the page count is just over 500 pages, but it’s got small print and practically edge to edge with text. This could have easily been a much much longer book with a little more spacing and slightly larger text. Plus with all the world-building, it is a denser read than others. So it did take me a while to get through. But I truly enjoyed every moment of reading this.


Now on to our main characters! As I mentioned, we get to see a lot of characters and several of their points of view in this book. But we do focus on two individuals, and I loved them both dearly! Cole and Vera were so great to follow, I can’t wait to see what happens next for them. I genuinely have no idea what might happen next, this book was a rollercoaster of a ride. Just when I thought we had seen the worst, something else was thrown into the mix. This book has so many twists and turns. These two have gone through so much already and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end in a happily ever after anytime soon, I can already tell there are many more secrets to learn. And I can’t wait to discover what those are!


Just when I thought we had seen the worst, something else was thrown into the mix.

This was such an amazing sci-fi read! I truly can’t wait for the sequel. I think anyone who’s not afraid of a big book and enjoys dystopian societies should definitely check out Age of the Almek!