Qualify (The Atlantis Grail Book 1) by Vera Nazarian
A high-octane dystopian SF thriller for fans of ANCIENT ALIENS and THE HUNGER GAMES, from a Nebula Award Finalist Author. International cross-genre phenomenon! Series Optioned for Film!
You have two options… You die, or you Qualify.
Nerd, geek, and awkward smart girl Gwen Lark must compete against all other teens on Earth, in order to Qualify for interplanetary rescue from an asteroid apocalypse! Can she save everyone she loves?
The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver ships 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. And in order to be chosen, you must be a teen, you must be bright, talented, and athletic, and you 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 laurels, high tech luxuries, and full privileges of Atlantis Citizenship. And if you are in the Top Ten, then all your wildest wishes are granted… Such as curing your mother’s cancer.
There is only one problem.
Gwen Lark is known as a klutz and a nerd. While she’s a hotshot in classics, history, science, and languages, 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 most amazing guy in her school, the one she’s been crushing on, and who doesn’t seem to know she exists.
Because every other teen on Earth has the same idea.
You Qualify or you die.
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VERA NAZARIAN is a two-time Nebula Award Finalist, 2018 Dragon Award Finalist, award-winning artist, a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the author of the high-octane adventure YA dystopian apocalyptic science fiction series THE ATLANTIS GRAIL that has been optioned for film, and is in development as a major motion picture franchise or TV series.
As a double refugee, after immigrating from the USSR during the Cold War, and then escaping from the Civil War in Lebanon (by way of Greece), she spent 35 years in Los Angeles, California. She now lives with two wacky cats in a small town in Vermont and uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.
Other work includes critically acclaimed novels DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE and LORDS OF RAINBOW, the outrageous parodies MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES and NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS, and PRIDE AND PLATYPUS: MR. DARCY'S DREADFUL SECRET in her humorous Supernatural Jane Austen Series, as well as the historical (Renaissance) epic fantasy trilogy COBWEB BRIDE.