Aegis Incursion

Aegis Incursion

This review is brought to you as part of the Virtual Book Tour for Aegis Incursion, hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Please note that this review may contain spoilers for its prequel, Aegis Rising. You can read my review of this novel [here].

Aegis Incursion was written by S.S. Segran and first published in 2015. It is a science fiction story with fantasy elements, focusing on a group of five teenagers as they attempt to prevent a shady corporation from destroying crops across America. The book forms the second part of the Aegis League series and is preceded by Aegis Rising (2013). A further three books are planned but have not been released at the time of writing.

Jag, Aari, Mariah, Tegan and Kody are struggling to return to ordinary life. Following their ordeal in Canada, the group awoke in hospital with no memories of their three months in Dema Ki. Teased in school and hounded by the press, the five decide to head out on a road trip across Western America. They think it’ll be a perfect way to reconnect and get their heads back together.

However, the country has just fallen into economic turmoil. A mysterious illness is causing crops to fail all over America and is just starting to spread across the globe. It strikes without warning, destroying whole farms overnight. With stocks of corn, rice and wheat running low, the whole country is running short of major foods and people are rapidly becoming afraid and violent.

While this seems unconnected to the five teenagers at first, the group quickly find themselves drawn into events when they are attacked by a shady organisation and Tegan and Mariah are kidnapped. It quickly becomes apparent that the same corporation who were responsible for the poisonings in Dema Ki are also responsible for the crop deaths. The teens must rediscover their powers and embrace their shared destiny as the Bearers of Light if they are to save the world.

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Aegis Rising

Aegis Rising

Aegis Rising is the debut novel of S.S. Segran and was first published in 2013. It is a fantasy story with science fiction elements which focuses on a group of five children after they survive a plane crash in a remote corner of Canada. A portion of sales of this novel also goes to the Aegis League, a charity that provides life skills training and micro-loans to disadvantaged youths. Aegis Rising is the first installment of a planned series but at the time of writing no sequel has been released.

Jag, Mariah, Aari, Tegan and Kody are heading off on holiday when their plane is struck by lightning and forced to crash land. They are rescued by the citizens of Demi Ki, a hidden village where the natives have thrived for centuries without being disturbed by outsiders. These peaceful people believe in an ancient prophecy which foretells that a firebird will herald the arrival of five chosen ones who will help to save their village. Believing that the burning plane is the firebird from their legends, the village Elders assume that the five teenagers are to be the heroes of legend.

Over their stay in the village, the Elders gradually begin to teach them the secrets of Demi Ki, imparting their methods of tapping into the latent abilities of a person to unleash superhuman powers. Yet not everyone in the village is as welcoming to the newcomers. Hutar, a youth with unusually potent abilities, believes that the heroes of legend cannot possibly be outsiders and plots to destroy them.

However, outside the village lurks an even bigger threat. The river that supplies Demi Ki with water has been poisoned and all who drink from it suffer from violent rages and death. A band of scouts are sent into the mountains to discover the cause but never return. Although their training is incomplete, the five teenagers decide to help their new friends to save their home but what they discover as they venture to the north is more dangerous than they ever could have imagined…

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