by Tara Ellis
Book 1: Infected
Sixteen-year-old Alex Mubarek finds herself on the outside of a sinister plot, after the majority of the town she grew up in changes in the wake of a strange illness. Following cryptic clues left behind by her deceased father, she discovers that Earth’s past is not what’s been taught in school. It’s up to her to reveal the truth, and discover a cure before it’s too late.
“Infected is written in a way that allows the reader to easily visualize the scenes, and follow the story without the filler that only accomplishes unnecessary deforestation.”
“The contemporary version of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but with an Egyptian twist.”
“It really gives the reader hope against all odds.”
Book 2: Heritage
Alex has stopped a worldwide viral outbreak, but she must now fight her way out of the resulting chaos to prevent an even more disastrous threat. After escaping capture by a plotting regime, she calls upon her friends and own unique abilities to discover Earth’s true past and determine its fate. Amid a society on the verge of collapse, they battle unseen forces and unlock ancient secrets in an attempt to save the human race.
“There is a great deal of action, the character development is thorough, and the reader will learn about history and ancient beliefs, along with a bit of conspiracy theory.”
“Forgotten Origins has now become one of my favorite reading series. Ever. Heritage is a book of revelations. It’s also filled with action, adventure, and suspense.”
“I think this book would be great for girls of middle school age and beyond to read. Alex is a strong female heroine who is intelligent, courageous and determined; a good role model for young girls.”
Book 3: Descent
Sides are chosen when an ancient ruler returns to claim Earth as his prize and war ensues. A reluctant pawn, Alex is recruited to lead the resistance. Although her friends and family fight beside her, she struggles to find the strength to fulfill her destiny. Unsure of what she’s become, Alex battles her own tormented emotions to find the truth. Can she rise above the darkness? Or will she ultimately descend into its cold embrace?
“Page after page you’re just enveloped in this tale trying to get to the end wondering if it’ll end with that bang it started off with. I really did feel this story was about freedom, keeping our humanity, faith, and last but not least, friendship and family. Nothing in this world is worth giving up all those things or giving up on.”
“What I loved about Descent is the growth shown by the characters and by the author. Alex learns to face the darkness within herself and rise above it. Some characters grow stronger under the pressure while others allow the tension to get to them. The division and connection between characters is part of what makes this such a compelling read.”
CIR: What inspired this book?
ELLIS: I was inspired to write this book and trilogy for two different reasons. First, It was important to me to create a story that my kids could read, without being embarrassed. My daughter was fourteen at the time, and I had her read it as I wrote it, giving me valuable feedback. Second, I grew up on scifi. It was a natural choice for me to write in that genre. I also have high expectations for scifi, and worked hard to make it believable.
CIR: What did you learn about your characters while writing this book?
ELLIS: It was fascinating to me, how the characters grew and evolved during the course of the three books. At some point, they seemed to develop their own personalities that I had no choice but to follow. Alex, especially, changed dramatically, but in a way that I believe is completely realistic to the situation.
CIR: Did this require any research, and what kind?
ELLIS: I spent more time writing and researching the outlines than I did the actual books. An incredible amount of research went into each aspect of the story. The Forgotten Origins Trilogy is full of Biblical, Sumerian, Ancient Egyptian, and Native American legends and stories. In addition to this, there are also hieroglyphics, crystal skulls and viral and DNA manipulation. I did my best to base everything on real events and science, which took a whole lot of time! I did most of my research on-line, reading ancient text, biblical passages, medical documentation, lots of maps and DNA studies. It was almost eerie how these pieces all came together.
CIR: What would you compare this book to?
ELLIS: I hate to be cliche, but as far as writing style, speed and characters, I would say the Hunger Games. It’s also been compared to Indiana Jones and The DaVinci Code!
CIR: Are any of the characters based on people you know?
ELLIS: There are actually some support characters introduced in the second book, Heritage, that are based on my son and his two close friends. They were all quite excited about the series when I was writing it, and begged me to include them. It ended up being a huge help to me when writing. My son is 6’5, 250 lbs, so he was the perfect role model for a half-Nephilim powerhouse!