About Altar of Reality

Sixteen year-old Madeline has struggled with epilepsy for most of her adolescent life, leaving her something of a social pariah. Things go from bad to worse when she wakes up from her first grand mal seizure in an extremely unfamiliar world but surrounded but familiar faces. Her hometown is in ruins, the aftermath of a Cold War turned hot.

Thomas, the boy that stomped on her heart a year ago, and his brother Brandon have been hiding her away since the explosion that killed her parents. The Lord Commander, now running the southern territories, believes Madeline died with them and the brothers need to keep it that way. The biggest problem? The explosion happened when she was twelve.

Madeline isn’t sure what to believe. The brothers insist her memories must be of a dream life she created while in her coma. But when she returns to the reality she knows, they insist this war-torn world must be the dream. She doesn’t know if she’s truly caught in the middle of a brewing rebellion or teetering on the brink of insanity. As she finds herself flipping between the two lives, her heart becomes torn between two versions of the same boy and the lines between her realities begin to blur.

Reviews for Altar of Reality

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.The book started a bit slow, and I kind of had a hard time warming up to Madeline, Brandon and Thomas, but I was reading this as a review copy so I wanted to be sure I gave them a fair chance to grow on me. It took me a few days to read the first several chapters of the book, but once everyone got settled in an the story really got going, I read the rest in just a few hours – it hooked me [...]

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I'm thrilled to review the YA sci-fi Altar of Reality by the awesome Mara Valderran. I had a lot of fun reading this story. 16 year-old Madeline has epilepsy, which already makes her feel like a bit of a freak, but things get weirder when her seizures begin transporting her into an alternate timeline. After a seizure, she wakes up in a hospital in an abandoned, post-apocalyptic world where her parents are dead, her uncle is the evil Lord Commander, and the only constants are her best friend Brandon and her crush Thomas.

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I love this book. It’s true. I haven’t read a character quite like Madeline and I love her. She’s strong, opinionated, and doesn’t let her epilepsy prevent her from doing what she believes is right or trying to live a normal life. Despite her crazy love drama, which isn’t that important in the book and isn’t treated as a focal point, Madeline is amazing.From the very beginning, the reader is catapulted into a world that is desolate. It’s hell.

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Altar of Reality has a unique concept in that the main character switches reality during epileptic seizures. Not a fun way to visit another reality, but boy, what a great way to imagine what craziness could be happening during a seizure.I like alternate reality stories and this had a nice combination of fantasy and sci-fi. To me, the concept was more interesting than the relationships, which felt a bit off and hard to keep sorted.

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