The Tomb
Nothing is as it seems.These are the first words Kiva's best friend Seth says, after three years of silence. Kiva thought she was growing up in ancient Alexandria. That's what she and all her classmates had been led to believe by their parents. It turns out she was living in virtual reality, in a sleep chamber in deep space, and three years ago, Seth woke up. Now it's her turn to join him.Together, Kiva and Seth must take an escape shuttle to search for the engine part their home ship needs to keep running. But it's been a long time since the Krakatoa has communicated with any of the other three ships harboring human civilization.

The Tomb Details

TitleThe Tomb
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 25th, 2018
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
ISBN-139781250055552
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, Space

The Tomb Review

  • Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    2 stars. Big thanks to Fierce Reads for sending this my way early, but the entire thing screams meh all the way through.
  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    2 starsNot too hot. Messy and needs more thought + building into the world. Maybe good for people who haven't read any sci-fi ever.
  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* YA / Science Fiction*Rating* 3.0*Thoughts*S.A. Bodeen's The Tomb has to be one of the strangest stories that I have read this year. And, that is saying a whole lot. The story is told in the third person narrative following a girl named Mika Stone. She truly believes that she is growing up in Alexandria. She goes to school, she trains to become a doctor under Alexandria's physician Fai, but she misses her friend Seth, who she hasn't spoken to in 3 years. Then one day, sh *Source* Publisher*Genre* YA / Science Fiction*Rating* 3.0*Thoughts*S.A. Bodeen's The Tomb has to be one of the strangest stories that I have read this year. And, that is saying a whole lot. The story is told in the third person narrative following a girl named Mika Stone. She truly believes that she is growing up in Alexandria. She goes to school, she trains to become a doctor under Alexandria's physician Fai, but she misses her friend Seth, who she hasn't spoken to in 3 years. Then one day, she receives a creepy message from him. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...
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  • Dessie Huynh
    January 1, 1970
    Meh. This was boring AF! And implausible but mostly boring. The only reason I give this two stars instead of one is there was a cat involved...in space. There was a cute cat in space so I figured that deserved another star.
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Although someone who has read a lot of science fiction probably won't be enamored with this one, it is classic S. A. Bodeen with a couple of twists and surprises. I'd consider it to be sci fi lite, possibly a good introduction to the genre since the characters are relatable and the premise highly plausible, at least in the future. I would expect there to be a sequel to this one since it ends with a cliffhanger. The plot revolves around a girl named Kiva who has been nursing a broken heart after Although someone who has read a lot of science fiction probably won't be enamored with this one, it is classic S. A. Bodeen with a couple of twists and surprises. I'd consider it to be sci fi lite, possibly a good introduction to the genre since the characters are relatable and the premise highly plausible, at least in the future. I would expect there to be a sequel to this one since it ends with a cliffhanger. The plot revolves around a girl named Kiva who has been nursing a broken heart after her best friend, Seth, the son of the Pharaoh, has ignored her for several years. After he "dies," Kiva is chosen to accompany him to the hereafter. But as it turns out, everything that Kiva thought that she knew about her Alexandria home is not true, and the two of them must journey to another ship to bring back an important part for the residents of their home. Much of this is predictable, and I really could not believe that Seth was so trusting as to eat the refreshments offered by Dr. Kubota when they meet him. The author had me interested to some extent until the arrival of the renegade group led by Glinda, dubbed a witch. I felt pretty disoriented by that point. We'll see what happens next, but there's a lot of drama, emotional turmoil, and misunderstandings on the part of the two main characters. I'm not so sure that I'd want to be in suspended animation with any of these folks.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    So definitely a series and with the switcheroo when Kiva came out of torp and realized that she was not in Alexandria anymore, it was definitely an SA Bodeen novel! I enjoyed that it's a quick jaunt in science fiction land because so much of it is heavy and wordy-- this one was to the point though rushed but obviously with a cliffhanger sequel, worldbuilding will come. The action certainly began to pickup steam once readers understood Kiva and Seth's situation aboard the ship and it transformed So definitely a series and with the switcheroo when Kiva came out of torp and realized that she was not in Alexandria anymore, it was definitely an SA Bodeen novel! I enjoyed that it's a quick jaunt in science fiction land because so much of it is heavy and wordy-- this one was to the point though rushed but obviously with a cliffhanger sequel, worldbuilding will come. The action certainly began to pickup steam once readers understood Kiva and Seth's situation aboard the ship and it transformed to an accessible drama of a future society where Earth is no longer habitable. The romance was ill-formed and needs to be developed, as does the backstory in a future novel but if she keeps them short, it's an absolute no-brainer recommendation for those that want to dip their toes into the waters before something like The Illuminae Files.
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  • Fallon
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this one!!! I hope there ends up being a sequel
  • Tony
    January 1, 1970
    The upside is this whole book can be read in one sitting. The downside is I read this book all the way through to the end. The upside is Ms. Bodeen writes amazing books every other time so as long as her next book is not a sequel to this, it will be great. I am not sure what was going on here. Give me a space story or give me a reincarnation story or...Just give me anything that doesn't have a totally absurd Deus Ex Machina forge in it. Seriously. There is a space forge. A forge. In space. Where The upside is this whole book can be read in one sitting. The downside is I read this book all the way through to the end. The upside is Ms. Bodeen writes amazing books every other time so as long as her next book is not a sequel to this, it will be great. I am not sure what was going on here. Give me a space story or give me a reincarnation story or...Just give me anything that doesn't have a totally absurd Deus Ex Machina forge in it. Seriously. There is a space forge. A forge. In space. Where a 15 year who has been out of suspended animation for 3 years has secretly built on a space ship where he makes knives. Seriously. That happens in this book. Also, pirates, space cats, a witch called Glinda, being able to walk after being out of suspended animation for a day but not being able to eat, and worrying that "he's not my boyfriend" when a serial killer and owner of said space cat is about to kill you. Sorry. Harsh. I know but Ms. Bodeen wrote The Compound. I know she can do something totally amazing. Thanks for the ARC to Net Galley. I really wanted this to be good.
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  • Josie
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the short, weird nature of this sci-fi story. The book is far from amazing; it is not full of revolutionary ideas and the plot is simple. However, this makes it kind of a sweet break from the modern line-up of dense series after series. It's hard to pin down why I enjoyed The Tomb when I think basically any old author could compile something like this in three months max. After all, it has like three plot elements total. So it just comes down to this: The Tomb is a break in the monoton I enjoyed the short, weird nature of this sci-fi story. The book is far from amazing; it is not full of revolutionary ideas and the plot is simple. However, this makes it kind of a sweet break from the modern line-up of dense series after series. It's hard to pin down why I enjoyed The Tomb when I think basically any old author could compile something like this in three months max. After all, it has like three plot elements total. So it just comes down to this: The Tomb is a break in the monotony of today's writing styles.Despite the fact that I (maybe conterintuitively) liked The Tomb, I have two substantial problems with it. The first problem is this: Seth has unrecognized communication issues. He is constantly shutting Kiva down for no reason, and she, having met a grand total of three guys in her life (two of which she says "don't count" because they were her virtual reality classmates) doesn't realize this or do anything about it. Conversations between Kiva and Seth frequently find Seth admitting something, Kiva being justifiably miffed, and then Seth spitting out some version of "you'll never understand" or "I shouldn't have told you anyway" and then walking away and ignoring her when she tries to iron out the newfound issues. It then somehow always falls to Kiva to apologize to Seth so he'll stop ignoring her. This could be a good set of character flaws (the quick to anger character and the naive character) if not for the fact that they are never recognized as flaws in the story; Bodeen somehow makes it seem like the failed conversations ARE actually Kiva's fault each time. My second problem with The Tomb is that there are a grand total of two action scenes in it. For a short novel, that fact by itself is actually fine. Both of these action scenes are presented so that Kiva, as the main character, naturally has an opportunity to perform the heroics that main characters so often do. The second action scene serves as the weird ending that aids in making The Tomb different from many stories. But the first action scene serves to further add inconsistency to Seth's already convoluted character. If Bodeen wants to make Seth's character the misunderstood-in-love guy, she needs to stick with his quick to anger flaw. Instead, after Kiva performs her actually less than impressive heroics, Seth suddenly becomes a totally different guy. He's suddenly way too patronizing, praising Kiva up and down for this small thing that she did. Once again, if Bodeen recognized, say in Kiva's internal dialogue, that Seth's behavior was weird and out of character, I could perhaps accept this. But Kiva doesn't notice anything, and so Seth's out of character antics just serve to confuse the reader.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    Public library copyKiva is being raised in ancient Egypt, and one of her best friends is the prince, Seth. However, since his mother's passing, he has not come to school and has distanced himself. Kiva is training to be a healer, so when an earthquake causes some damage and injury to her community, she tries to help. However, Seth passes away, and she is not able to do anything. She realizes that her mother is going to allow her to be sacrificed and put into Seth's tomb in order to accompany him Public library copyKiva is being raised in ancient Egypt, and one of her best friends is the prince, Seth. However, since his mother's passing, he has not come to school and has distanced himself. Kiva is training to be a healer, so when an earthquake causes some damage and injury to her community, she tries to help. However, Seth passes away, and she is not able to do anything. She realizes that her mother is going to allow her to be sacrificed and put into Seth's tomb in order to accompany him to the afterlife. She thinks she has two months to plan her escape, but she wakes up on what seems like the next day only to find that it is the day of the funeral. Things get weirder after that, and Kiva finds that her whole life has been a lie. She and Seth are really in stasis on a space ship, her mother is a hologram, and she's really from the US of the future and not from Egypt at all. Not only that, but the ship the two are on is in trouble, and when they go to find a part for the ship on one of the other units sent forth to evacuate the Earth, they find nothing but trouble. Will they be able to save their ship, or even themselves?Strengths: This is a great length, has a nice light romance, and definitely is a good example of kids saving the world. I'd like to see more science fiction/space adventure, and Bodeen always does such a good job at putting scientific details into her work. Weaknesses: I kept thinking of Haddix's Running out of Time, which starts with a similar premise. The Egyptian details are not quite right, which is addressed by Seth later in the book, but which made me uneasy and made it hard to get invested in the story, somehow.What I really think: This cover would not be appealing to my readers (I have several similar ones that just don't circulate), and it's hard to get into the book at the beginning, so I think I will pass, even though Bodeen's other works do very well in my library.
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  • Chrissie Morrison
    January 1, 1970
    Kiva and Seth believed that they were growing up in ancient Alexandria, but it was pretty clear to me that something was off.  It just didn't seem very authentic, and I didn't think it was because Bodeen had been sloppy with her research.  As it turned out, I was right.  The details were "off" because the people who set up the virtual reality program for Alexandria had been a little lazy and didn't bother making all of the details completely authentic.  As it turned out, Kiva and Seth were actua Kiva and Seth believed that they were growing up in ancient Alexandria, but it was pretty clear to me that something was off.  It just didn't seem very authentic, and I didn't think it was because Bodeen had been sloppy with her research.  As it turned out, I was right.  The details were "off" because the people who set up the virtual reality program for Alexandria had been a little lazy and didn't bother making all of the details completely authentic.  As it turned out, Kiva and Seth were actually growing up on board a spaceship and their brains were experiencing life via virtual reality so that they could still learn while their bodies were sustained in torpor chambers.  I don't really feel like I am giving away any spoilers, though, since this was all revealed fairly early on as Kiva was taken out of torpor and sent along with Seth on board a search vessel, called The Tomb, to try and get a part for their failing ship.Fans of Across the Universe , Defy the Stars , These Broken Stars , and The 100 should definitely check this one out.  The main "problem" I had with this book, though, is that it has quite a cliff-hanger ending and seems to be the beginning of a series -- but Goodreads doesn't name it as part of a series!  I am hoping that's just because it's so new.Happy Reading!
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  • Tamara Morning
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The TombAuthor: S.A. BodeenGenre: YA, fantasy, sci-fiRating: 3 out of 5Kiva grew up going to school, dreaming of being a doctor, and missing her best friend, Seth, the prince she hasn’t spoken to in three years. Life in ancient Alexandria was simple but good. Or so she thought. Until she finally speaks to Seth again, and his first words are “Nothing is as it seems.”Then Kiva finds out her world never existed at all. Instead, she’s been in a sleep chamber in deep space for years, and her w Title: The TombAuthor: S.A. BodeenGenre: YA, fantasy, sci-fiRating: 3 out of 5Kiva grew up going to school, dreaming of being a doctor, and missing her best friend, Seth, the prince she hasn’t spoken to in three years. Life in ancient Alexandria was simple but good. Or so she thought. Until she finally speaks to Seth again, and his first words are “Nothing is as it seems.”Then Kiva finds out her world never existed at all. Instead, she’s been in a sleep chamber in deep space for years, and her world was all virtual reality. And Seth woke up three years ago and never told her the truth.Now the two of them must find the part their spaceship needs if they are to survive, but there’s been no contact with the other ships harboring the remnants of humanity for years. They’re not sure where they’re going. They’re not sure how to find what they need. And they’ll need all their broken trust in each other if they’re to survive.This book had an interesting premise, so I was excited to read it. However, within a few pages, most of my interest had faded. I’d love to read something actually set in ancient Alexandria, but I found things a bit anachronistic at first. Which makes sense, considering it was all virtual reality. I never grew to like Seth, and found him condescending and annoying, and Kiva was very naïve, so I didn’t trust anything she said or did. I felt like the story was still a little rough and wasn’t quite fully realized. The premise was promising, but the execution was less-than-stellar.(Galley provided by Feiwel & Friends in exchange for an honest review.)More reviews at Tomorrow is Another Day
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  • Sarah K
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Fierce Reads for sending me an advanced copy of The Tomb.The Tomb felt like sci-fi lite, good for people who maybe aren’t really into sci-fi. The plot is fairly simple and not many characters. I think the target audience is 12-16, which I not. There wasn’t any language, sex or violence. There is some mild action and a dead corpse.The writing style is good and I was enjoying it for at least the first half. It was simple which was a nice change. It’s about a girl named Kiva who grew up i Thank you Fierce Reads for sending me an advanced copy of The Tomb.The Tomb felt like sci-fi lite, good for people who maybe aren’t really into sci-fi. The plot is fairly simple and not many characters. I think the target audience is 12-16, which I not. There wasn’t any language, sex or violence. There is some mild action and a dead corpse.The writing style is good and I was enjoying it for at least the first half. It was simple which was a nice change. It’s about a girl named Kiva who grew up in ancient Alexandria only to discover she’s on a space ship and was woken because they needed her help for a mission to fix a broken piece on the ship. I found the romance a bit eye rolly at times and that started to bug me. Also the characters felt immature. I know they’re young (16) but I’m used to my teen characters being a little less dense.Kiva was very dense at times when it came to reading people and circumstances. And the guy main character was so rude all the time. It was a short read and I do think one that people who maybe don’t like sci-fi could try. I also do think the target audience is a lot younger. I imagine my daughter enjoying this more than I did.
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  • Joshua
    January 1, 1970
    Kiva thinks she's living in ancient Alexandria, the childhood friend of the Egyptian prince. But this being an S. A. Bodeen novel, it turns out that nothing is as Kiva believes: in fact, she's a passenger aboard a spaceship departing from a ruined planet Earth, and what she believed to be her real life is nothing but a virtual reality fantasy (think The Matrix) while she's in suspended animation. When her friend from the VR--and from real life--awakens her to the truth of her situation, the stor Kiva thinks she's living in ancient Alexandria, the childhood friend of the Egyptian prince. But this being an S. A. Bodeen novel, it turns out that nothing is as Kiva believes: in fact, she's a passenger aboard a spaceship departing from a ruined planet Earth, and what she believed to be her real life is nothing but a virtual reality fantasy (think The Matrix) while she's in suspended animation. When her friend from the VR--and from real life--awakens her to the truth of her situation, the story kicks into high gear, becoming a fast-paced tale of survival in outer space.I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the surprises in this book. I wasn't as enamored of the style, which relies overly much on single-sentence paragraphs for pacing and tension. On the whole, I think YA depends too much on this device, and my preference is for full paragraphs and a more leisurely read. I also was driven a little crazy (in a good way) by the cliffhanger ending; since this book isn't even out yet, it's going to be a long time before I find out what happens next!
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  • Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
    January 1, 1970
    This was subpar in almost every way. The concept was so cool but the worldbuilding was lazy- Alexandria should have felt like I was reading historical fiction but it felt anachronistic, which they try to explain away within the text. It was a fast read and I was interested in seeing where the story goes but it ends in a cliffhanger that I don't really care about? Not the intention I'm sure. Shallow characters and romance didn't help either. I think younger readers or readers who don't read much This was subpar in almost every way. The concept was so cool but the worldbuilding was lazy- Alexandria should have felt like I was reading historical fiction but it felt anachronistic, which they try to explain away within the text. It was a fast read and I was interested in seeing where the story goes but it ends in a cliffhanger that I don't really care about? Not the intention I'm sure. Shallow characters and romance didn't help either. I think younger readers or readers who don't read much sci fi could maybe enjoy this but I was disappointed.
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  • Sharon Lawler
    January 1, 1970
    With readers left hanging off a cliff at the end, and the many unresolved plot points, Tomb is definitely the preface for the rest of this series. Without the segway into romance, it would be perfect for middle grades, which is what I was rooting for. To be a true YA, it needed to be edgier. That said, I liked it, and look forward to the next installment. I there was a 3.5 option, that is what I would give.
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  • laf.out_loud
    January 1, 1970
    I like everything besides the romance and the very last chapters. The last few chapters felt very crammed and rushed and the only thing I received from the romantic portions were that love is meaningless in the end, which was probably not the authors intention. Otherwise, I liked this take on space and the future.
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  • Patti Sabik
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh. This book was such a disappointment. I’ve been so happy with other Bodeen books, but this one fell real short. Characters were flat, plot was just plain strange (and not in a fun way), and the “romance” was weird. The only reason I gave it two stars was because I was compelled to finish the story rather than bail on it, but since it ends on a cliffhanger I won’t be seeking out the sequel.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Terrible ending, especially since I kept reading through some dubious plot and character developments thinking there would be some sort of payoff. The first half of the book was sort of interesting, but it was like the author just gave up with the writing and the pacing after that. Read "Alive" by Scott Sigler and skip this one.
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  • Tfalcone
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC.Undoubtedly, the beginning of a young adult series, The Tomb is based on the premise that Earth was plunged into an impact winter and some lucky people made it onto some space ships to find a new home. Kiva wakes up out of torpor suspension with very little memory of what was before.
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  • Danielle Croft
    January 1, 1970
    The plot idea had so much potential but was unrealized. I would have liked to see more character building by setting the plot in ancient Egypt and the climax being the realization of the truth with the second half of the book being set in the future.
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  • Janet Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Flashes of brilliance, but not quite realized on any level
  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    I found it a little slow to begin with, but then it became engrossing and I finished it almost in one sitting. Leaves you hanging and wanting to read the second book in the series.
  • LeAnn
    January 1, 1970
    Bodeen is hit and miss; this is a definite miss.
  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh, a series that breaks up what should be just one book. I hate when they do that.
  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    Kiva (15) has spent her entire life believing she is living in Ancient Alexandria. All of her school classmates have been led to believe the same thing. The reality of Earth no longer existing hit one day when her best friend, Seth, "dies," but Kiva later finds him alive on a spaceship after she awoke from a deep sleep. Kiva also isn't happy that Seth has been awake for three years, and he let her continue to live a lie. The home shuttle is in desperate need of a new part to function, so Kiva an Kiva (15) has spent her entire life believing she is living in Ancient Alexandria. All of her school classmates have been led to believe the same thing. The reality of Earth no longer existing hit one day when her best friend, Seth, "dies," but Kiva later finds him alive on a spaceship after she awoke from a deep sleep. Kiva also isn't happy that Seth has been awake for three years, and he let her continue to live a lie. The home shuttle is in desperate need of a new part to function, so Kiva and Seth must put aside their differences to locate another ship...but not all ships are friendly. Face-paced science fiction thriller where the teens must work together to fight to save civilization.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    This very short YA sci-fi has a promising twisty start, but the characters' actions and whiplash love/hate relationship were hard for me to believe. Maybe if there was more to it, more backstory of Earth or exposition on the history of the ships once they left, it would have diluted the angst. So though it's a cliffhanger ending, I think I'll pass on finding out what happens.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    WOW,WOW,WOW! I have read other books and series by this author, and this one does not disappoint. It is a great kick start to a new series (I hope!) with a unique enough premise to keep the reader hooked. Not having read a summary of what the book was about before opening it, I was a little confused in the beginning. But, it all became clear quickly and then it was hard to put down. Fans of any YA Dystopian series and fans of this author will not be disappointed!
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  • Krys
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited at the start of this book because I love space and strong female leads and just was looking forward to this.That was however was ruined once we meet Seth and see Kiva interact with him. His emotions give me whiplash, he’s all over the place and I’m supposed to believe that he loves Kiva, has loved her for awhile? I’m not feeling it. I honestly just really wanted her to take a good long look at him and realize that even not being with someone would be better than being with him. My I was excited at the start of this book because I love space and strong female leads and just was looking forward to this.That was however was ruined once we meet Seth and see Kiva interact with him. His emotions give me whiplash, he’s all over the place and I’m supposed to believe that he loves Kiva, has loved her for awhile? I’m not feeling it. I honestly just really wanted her to take a good long look at him and realize that even not being with someone would be better than being with him. My overall enjoyment of the book was generally ruined by Seth’s character. Thankfully The Tomb is a very fast read but I won’t be picking up the second book.
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