Alive: The Generations Trilogy, Book 1

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Tricky amnesia thriller keeps you guessing to the end.

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Educational Value

Alive raises questions of what it takes to be an effective leader, whether it's better to be tough or empathetic.

Positive Messages

Killing animals is sometimes necessary for survival, but there's no reason for cruelty. A good leader knows how to inspire respect, often without resorting to violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

From the start, M. Savage has the charisma necessary to lead a group of scared survivors. She frequently doubts herself and makes terrible mistakes, but when lives are on the line, she knows how to assert herself and to fight for the solution that will save as many of her followers as possible.


Alive contains scenes of violence, although most are not described in graphic detail. Savage stabs one of the survivors who challenges her. A wounded friend is killed and partially eaten by feral pigs. The survivors are attacked by monsters, and they fight back vigorously. The monsters use a laser-like weapon to kill some teens.


Savage is infatuated with O'Malley, but there's no time for romance. Some of the survivors allow the others to see them naked, something that bothers Savage for reasons she can't quite articulate.


"Bastard," "bitch," "hell," and "s--t" used once or twice.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alive is an intense science-fiction thriller about teens who wake up in a mysterious facility and must find their way out before they starve to death. The narrator, M. Savage, is a strong-willed teen who must learn how to lead her fellow survivors. Violence plays a role in many scenes, but it's usually not described with much graphic detail. Savage stabs a rival, a friend is killed and eaten by feral pigs, and the survivors are attacked by monsters wielding laser-like weapons. Savage is infatuated with O'Malley, but there's no time for romance. Swearing is limited to "bastard," "bitch,""hell," and "s--t," each used infrequently.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMayberry June 15, 2018


I think that this book has a very interesting way to show the genre adventure. Not only is it interesting, but it's adventure on a different planet (as I s... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bymjett5577 June 24, 2016

Amazing start to a wonderful series

A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes h... Continue reading

What's the story?

A 12-year-old girl wakes up inside a coffin. After she frees herself, she learns her name is M. Savage and that she's physically more mature than she expected. There are few other clues that will fill in her missing memories. Seemingly trapped in a series of featureless hallways, she gathers around her other teen survivors who want to solve the deadly mystery that surrounds them.

Is it any good?

From its claustrophobic opening to its crackerjack action climax, this thriller will keep readers guessing right to the end. Author Scott Sigler creates a puzzle whose solution is both ingenious and plausible. Savage and her fellow survivors are complex, believable characters, and their antagonists are scary and formidable. The ending has enough of a sense of resolution to be satisfying, but most readers will be eagerly awaiting the next installment in this ingenious science-fiction saga.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes someone a good leader. Should a leader make every decision, or should he or she delegate?

  • To what extremes do people go if they want to look younger than they really are? Why is youth revered by the media and pop culture?

  • How important is memory to everyday life? What challenges would you face if you couldn't remember parts of your childhood?

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