Book Review: Elemental Rush by Elana Johnson.

Elemental Rush (Elemental, Novella #0.5)Elemental Rush by Elana Johnson
Kindle Edition, 100 pages
Published: May 19th 2014 by AEJ Creative Works 
Review Copy: Purchased
Description from Goodreads:
Eighteen-year-old Adam Gillman has trained for twelve years to earn a coveted spot on the Supreme Elemental’s elite sentry squad. His brother, Felix, is the commander, but Adam is still thrilled when his official assignment to serve Alexander Pederson comes.

He moves into nicer quarters and can stop getting up at four a.m. to complete his mandated workout time. He still rises early though, because he needs the solitude to practice his airmaking Element—something that Adam has kept secret from everyone, even Felix, because he can’t be both an Airmaker and a sentry.

When Alex assigns him to kill a group of rogue Elementals, he balks at completing his mission for the first time. See, his only friend is Isaiah Hawking, and he’s the Earthmover on the accused Council. When faced with the prospect of killing him, Adam finds he can’t do it.

He’s well trained in assassination, but he thought he’d be murdering bad guys—not innocents.

When Alex buries the Elemental Academy—and kills over one thousand Elementals—in a fit of rage, Adam’s loyalty cracks. When he discovers that Alex is really a woman, and his brother’s lover, he defects. He hops from city to city, from Elemental school to Elemental school, always escaping only minutes before Felix can embed a knife in his heart or a tsunami can make a classroom his watery grave.

He tries to fight back, but he’s just one untrained Airmaster with exceptional tracking skills. He does his best to warn those in danger, but as the last Elemental school goes up in flames, he knows he needs to get some real firepower on his side.

ELEMENTAL RUSH is a prequel novella to the full-length futuristic fantasy novel, ELEMENTAL HUNGER.
My Review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ELEMENTAL RUSH is a nice introduction to Johnson's new series. It's short, but it manages to set up this world fantastically. I will admit that it did take me a bit to really get into it, but once I did, I didn't want to stop reading.

The story is about Adam, a young Sentry that eagerly awaits the day he is able to join his brother, Felix, to work for the Supremist. So, when his assignment comes in, and Adam finds himself having been selected, he is thrilled.

He willingly serves the Supremist, thrilled to be able to work alongside his brother. Until they are sent to kill a group of rogue Elementals. At that point, everything begins to change for Adam. He begins to question his position as a Sentry for the Supremist, what his goal truly is, and if he wants to serve someone that is willing to kill innocent people.

When the truth about the Supremist finally comes to light, Adam decides it is time to flee. He runs off and seeks training at various other schools in order to fully master his Air Element. But he runs into numerous problems along the way.

ELEMENTAL RUSH is definitely a good introduction to this world. And for a novella, it is a rather complete story.

Would I recommend it? Yes. It's an easy read, and you'll want to read the second installment as soon as you're finished with this one.

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