Publication Date: 2020-2-2
ISBN 978-1-7340240-6-7 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-7340240-0-5 (paperback)
ISBN 978-1-7340240-1-2 (ebook)
Vox Oculis Series: Book 1
If you are seeking a break from dystopian or high fantasy sci-fi, this may be just what you are looking for.
Exploring the genesis of the teen opioid epidemic, but with a hard science fiction twist, Not Alone is a YA sci-fi thriller set in down-to-earth rural Vermont in 2011:
"For four and a half years, all Blue has been looking for is a normal life after losing her family in a suspicious fire. But what is normal for a fourteen-year-old that can hear what no one else can? And what should she do when she hears something that presents a tantalizing opportunity to avenge her family? With an unexpected new friend and ally, she comes up with a slam-dunk plan. All she has to do is risk everything, including both of their lives."
“The first half of the book is set up … the second half of the book is a blur of flipping pages … I found the character Martin wrote to make the villain to be oddly fascinating …”
-Carolina Herdegen, Kiss the Book
"Martin knows and understands his audience extremely well, making his characters' actions, thoughts, and dialog ring true."
“Interesting, fast-paced action that keeps the reader on edge … I would recommend this for lovers of realistic sci-fi.”
-Kristie Shankles, NetGalley reviewer
“While stories of teen characters with exceptional abilities are abundant, Martin offers an alluring blend of the paranormal with a more grounded, realistic storyline concerning identity, family relationships, and community.”
-The BookLife Prize