Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Qualify by Vera Nazarian

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted at Freda’s Voice. The rules:

• Grab a book, any book.
• Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
• Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
• Post it.
• Add the url of your post in the Linky back at her blog.


Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Gilon at the Rose City Reader.

Here I’m going to feature the first line or sentence of a book. Because it’s fun to judge books by their opening words and according to Lemony Snicket, “a book’s first sentence can often tell you want sort of story your book contains.”


This week’s book is Qualify by Vera Nazarian. It is the first book in The Altantis Grail series.

You have two options.
You die, or you Qualify.

The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars to offer humanity help.

But there’s a catch. They can only take a tiny percent of the Earth’s population back to the colony planet Atlantis— bright, talented, and athletic teens who must Qualify.

Sixteen-year-old Gwenevere Lark is determined not only to Qualify but to rescue her entire family.

Because there’s a loophole. If you are good enough to Qualify, you are eligible to compete in the brutal games of the Atlantis Grail, which grants all winners the luxuries and privileges of Atlantis Citizenship… Such as curing your mother’s cancer.

There’s only one problem. Gwen Lark is a klutz and a nerd. While she’s a hotshot in schoolwork, the closest she’s come to sports is a backyard pool and a skateboard.

This time she is in over her head, and in for a fight of her life, against impossible odds and world-class competition— including Logan Sangre, the hottest guy in her school.

Because every other teen on Earth has the same idea.

You Qualify or you die.

The Beginning:

March, 2047.

Today is a day like any other day. Only it’s not.

Today the Qualification tests begin— at all designated schools, and public sites in remote places where they don’t have schools, all across the country and around the world— and everyone in my family is trying to pretend things are as usual.

The 56:

“Rise and shine, girlfriends! Get your butts downstairs, sooner not later! Move!” Dorm Leader Gina Curtis pops her head in from the double doors and begins yelling at the whole room in her brash voice.

“Yeah, yeah. . . . Ready?” Dawn mutters, holding her change of clothes and underwear as she waits for us to get our own morning stuff together.

“As ready as I’ll ever be . . . let’s go.” Taking a deep breath of resignation, Laronda grabs her clothes and things.




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