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Eighteen-year-old Serenity Ashdown has a brilliant mind: she counts, calculates, and analyzes everything, even when she doesn’t want to. Her memory is also far beyond photographic, surpassing her physicist father’s abilities. But her world was otherwise normal right up until dimension-hopping enemies forced her into a parallel reality. The feds she meets on the other side Eighteen-year-old Serenity Ashdown has a brilliant mind: she counts, calculates, and analyzes everything, even when she doesn’t want to. Her memory is also far beyond photographic, surpassing her physicist father’s abilities. But her world was otherwise normal right up until dimension-hopping enemies forced her into a parallel reality. The feds she meets on the other side claim to want to help her go home. All she has to do is use her memory to reconstruct the right sequence of codes. But it’s soon clear they want something more: a gateway for invasion, because this version of Earth is dying. Serenity can’t risk returning home with a deadly force behind her, but the feds aren’t about to let her escape. Then she learns that the “other Serenity,” her alter-ego in this dimension, was a resistance leader recently betrayed and killed. She has a chance to assume her alter-ego’s identity and use her unique ability to lead the resistance in their fight against the tyrannical super-government that is poised to invade her universe. Serenity has no idea how to be someone she’s not, but she has to try—or she may not even have a home to return to.


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Eighteen-year-old Serenity Ashdown has a brilliant mind: she counts, calculates, and analyzes everything, even when she doesn’t want to. Her memory is also far beyond photographic, surpassing her physicist father’s abilities. But her world was otherwise normal right up until dimension-hopping enemies forced her into a parallel reality. The feds she meets on the other side Eighteen-year-old Serenity Ashdown has a brilliant mind: she counts, calculates, and analyzes everything, even when she doesn’t want to. Her memory is also far beyond photographic, surpassing her physicist father’s abilities. But her world was otherwise normal right up until dimension-hopping enemies forced her into a parallel reality. The feds she meets on the other side claim to want to help her go home. All she has to do is use her memory to reconstruct the right sequence of codes. But it’s soon clear they want something more: a gateway for invasion, because this version of Earth is dying. Serenity can’t risk returning home with a deadly force behind her, but the feds aren’t about to let her escape. Then she learns that the “other Serenity,” her alter-ego in this dimension, was a resistance leader recently betrayed and killed. She has a chance to assume her alter-ego’s identity and use her unique ability to lead the resistance in their fight against the tyrannical super-government that is poised to invade her universe. Serenity has no idea how to be someone she’s not, but she has to try—or she may not even have a home to return to.

39 review for A Measure of Serenity

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Prosek

    I guess you're allowed to review your own book, which is what I'm doing here. Of course, I have to give it five stars. A Measure of Serenity will be out this summer, 2021. It's science fiction, but not hard core science fiction. It combines elements of adventure, love, and a dystopian society, set in a parallel universe. You can check out more details on my website at www.bryankprosek.com I guess you're allowed to review your own book, which is what I'm doing here. Of course, I have to give it five stars. A Measure of Serenity will be out this summer, 2021. It's science fiction, but not hard core science fiction. It combines elements of adventure, love, and a dystopian society, set in a parallel universe. You can check out more details on my website at www.bryankprosek.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    An excellent read; I flew through this book! The novel takes a lot of classic sci-fi elements and uses them to create a rich plot and dynamic characters. Serenity, the main character, is neurodivergent. Her growth throughout the book is evident and relatable. The events of the book embody the statement "man makes plans, and God (or in this case, the Feds) laughs." One of the things that I, personally, enjoyed about the book is that both the original plans made by the main characters, and the mod An excellent read; I flew through this book! The novel takes a lot of classic sci-fi elements and uses them to create a rich plot and dynamic characters. Serenity, the main character, is neurodivergent. Her growth throughout the book is evident and relatable. The events of the book embody the statement "man makes plans, and God (or in this case, the Feds) laughs." One of the things that I, personally, enjoyed about the book is that both the original plans made by the main characters, and the modifications made up on the fly were equally interesting and engaging. In terms of the author's voice, the book is well written and easy to follow- perfect for the YA age group. I would warn that there are some graphic depictions of war, which might not be appropriate for preteens and younger teens. Without spoilers, I think the ending is perfect for the book. Overall, a great modern sci-fi book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    Disclaimer: I received this e-book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: A Measure of Serenity Author: Bryan K. Prosek Book Series: Standalone Rating: 4/5 Diversity: Nuerodivergent MC Recommended For...: young adult readers, dystopian, sci-fi, alternate world Publication Date: July 20, 2021 Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopian Recommended Age: 14+ (violence, gore, war, language) Explanation of CWs: There is some violence and slight gore. There are also some graphic depictions of war. There is a Disclaimer: I received this e-book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: A Measure of Serenity Author: Bryan K. Prosek Book Series: Standalone Rating: 4/5 Diversity: Nuerodivergent MC Recommended For...: young adult readers, dystopian, sci-fi, alternate world Publication Date: July 20, 2021 Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopian Recommended Age: 14+ (violence, gore, war, language) Explanation of CWs: There is some violence and slight gore. There are also some graphic depictions of war. There is also slight cursing. Publisher: CamCat Books Pages: 320 Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Serenity Ashdown has a brilliant mind: she counts, calculates, and analyzes everything, even when she doesn’t want to. Her memory is also far beyond photographic, surpassing her physicist father’s abilities. But her world was otherwise normal right up until dimension-hopping enemies forced her into a parallel reality. The feds she meets on the other side claim to want to help her go home. All she has to do is use her memory to reconstruct the right sequence of codes. But it’s soon clear they want something more: a gateway for invasion, because this version of Earth is dying. Serenity can’t risk returning home with a deadly force behind her, but the feds aren’t about to let her escape. Then she learns that the “other Serenity,” her alter-ego in this dimension, was a resistance leader recently betrayed and killed. She has a chance to assume her alter-ego’s identity and use her unique ability to lead the resistance in their fight against the tyrannical super-government that is poised to invade her universe. Serenity has no idea how to be someone she’s not, but she has to try—or she may not even have a home to return to. Review: For the most part I really liked this book. The premise of it is amazing and it reminded me a lot of Down World, which is fine with me because I like alternate/parallel universe reads. The book had amazingly well done character development and the world building was out of the world (hehe). The book was also well plotted and I loved how well the dystopian world was done. The only issues I really had with the book is that the narration style is a bit weird and takes a second to get into it. The book is also predictable and the story dips a bit in the middle. Verdict: It was good!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    In the book, the title depicts clearly what the book is about, only that serenity here doesn't mean tranquillity or peace of mind but the prodigious daughter of a genius scientist. Serenity is a prodigy whose genius might surpass any other person that has walked on this version of our earth. Looking at the cover All I can see is an explosion of numbers and equation which is probably happening in the head of the girl depicted in the cover art, but there again lies another question as to who is th In the book, the title depicts clearly what the book is about, only that serenity here doesn't mean tranquillity or peace of mind but the prodigious daughter of a genius scientist. Serenity is a prodigy whose genius might surpass any other person that has walked on this version of our earth. Looking at the cover All I can see is an explosion of numbers and equation which is probably happening in the head of the girl depicted in the cover art, but there again lies another question as to who is the other girl and why does she look exactly the same. Well, most of the time this might have been an aesthetic co-incidence but here the illustrator went a step ahead to capture the meaning of the plot just with his tenacious creativity which I am going to explain how why moving into the plot. A measure for serenity from the cover thus must revolve around this extremely heightened individual to whom number crunching is the same as breathing. The first look at the book really left me thrilled to know the content in a bit more detail and the aesthetic and cover design have a lot to be thanked for in that context. In an alternate reality on earth, there lives Serenity, whose neurons work at such amazing speeds that accumulation never happens. Any and every number all equations pass by as mere phrases of children's poetry in her deeply analytical mind. Things turn topsy turvy when invaders from dimension cross to her realm and wreak havoc across all land. The story involves her travelling through a portal that has been ripped across the fabric of reality to find herself trapped on a dying earth. A dystopian world is revealed to her who wants to travel back to an earth that is safe to harbour them and leave the dying earth to be annihilated by itself. Serenity finding herself in this twisted reality claims the identity of her doppelganger to sort out this extra-dimensional mess. I am sure you have realised that the twins from the cover art are Serenity and her doppelganger.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Annabelle

    Thank you Bryan Prosek for sending me an eARC in return for a review. It took me awhile to finish this book(because of school). When I finally did, I was amazed with this world. I'm not one for reading sci-fi, but this book has definitely changed that. The world building was so good, the character(s) had great development. I was not expecting to read that type of beginning and I was like "Wow, did I just read that?!" The battles she had to face and the choices she had to make were hard. 5 stars! Thank you Bryan Prosek for sending me an eARC in return for a review. It took me awhile to finish this book(because of school). When I finally did, I was amazed with this world. I'm not one for reading sci-fi, but this book has definitely changed that. The world building was so good, the character(s) had great development. I was not expecting to read that type of beginning and I was like "Wow, did I just read that?!" The battles she had to face and the choices she had to make were hard. 5 stars!

  6. 5 out of 5

    vuyiswa

    Thank you to the author for sending me an E ARC in return for a honest review. This book was sooo good!! highly recommend to sci-fi lovers and those who are looking for a good, easy sci fi read I really enjoyed the writing style - the chapters are a good length and fast paced. The characters are lovable and interesting - my ship sailed so I'm very happy haha. Overall I loved this book, it was so good that it only took me 3 days to read Bryan Prosek has wrote a fantastic book 👏🏾 Thank you to the author for sending me an E ARC in return for a honest review. This book was sooo good!! highly recommend to sci-fi lovers and those who are looking for a good, easy sci fi read I really enjoyed the writing style - the chapters are a good length and fast paced. The characters are lovable and interesting - my ship sailed so I'm very happy haha. Overall I loved this book, it was so good that it only took me 3 days to read Bryan Prosek has wrote a fantastic book 👏🏾

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of A Measure of Serenity in exchange for an honest review. So, I feel terrible. I didn't realize until popping onto Goodreads to review this that I've actually read a Bryan K. Prosek book before and disliked it for his narration style so asking to be an early reviewer for this one was pretty much setting up both myself and this book for failure. Once again, almost all the reasons I didn't like this just come down to writing style and I don't want to g Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of A Measure of Serenity in exchange for an honest review. So, I feel terrible. I didn't realize until popping onto Goodreads to review this that I've actually read a Bryan K. Prosek book before and disliked it for his narration style so asking to be an early reviewer for this one was pretty much setting up both myself and this book for failure. Once again, almost all the reasons I didn't like this just come down to writing style and I don't want to go on and on about what I didn't like here because I probably shouldn't have read it in the first place.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shangread-La

    What if you related to the world through numbers and problem-solving? Eighteen-year-old Harvard senior Serenity Ashdown struggles to keep her mind focused as she gets pulled into a highly classified scientific project with a scope far beyond what she could have imagined. She relies on her numerical genius to try and save herself, her loved ones, and the world as she knows it. Bryan Prosek’s debut YA science fiction novel has a uniquely gifted heroine who uses her amazing intellectual prowess to What if you related to the world through numbers and problem-solving? Eighteen-year-old Harvard senior Serenity Ashdown struggles to keep her mind focused as she gets pulled into a highly classified scientific project with a scope far beyond what she could have imagined. She relies on her numerical genius to try and save herself, her loved ones, and the world as she knows it. Bryan Prosek’s debut YA science fiction novel has a uniquely gifted heroine who uses her amazing intellectual prowess to search for the truth and attempt to change the course of the project she has been coerced into working on. Serenity is highly intelligent yet flawed, making her relatable to those of us who struggled through basic algebra and geometry. The dystopian environment she finds herself in pushes her to face her fears and find her strengths outside of academia as she attempts to shut down the project. Serenity’s journey is a fast-paced and engrossing read that makes you consider the priorities of the inhabitants of our planet. She evolves into someone she didn’t think she could become and never gives up on saving the world from destruction beyond repair. I love a good dystopian story, and it’s always a bonus when there’s a strong heroine leading the charge. Add this one to your TBR. You won’t be disappointed!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cassie M

    A Measure of Serenity by Bryan Prosek is a warning about alternate universes. Serenity is an absolute genius who sometimes helps her physicist father with his secret work. When she goes looking for him and falls into another reality, she realizes this world is not as friendly as her own. This book gave me major Fringe vibes and I absolutely loved it. From start to finish there was never a dull moment. I could not put this book down, especially with the many theories going on in my head. The char A Measure of Serenity by Bryan Prosek is a warning about alternate universes. Serenity is an absolute genius who sometimes helps her physicist father with his secret work. When she goes looking for him and falls into another reality, she realizes this world is not as friendly as her own. This book gave me major Fringe vibes and I absolutely loved it. From start to finish there was never a dull moment. I could not put this book down, especially with the many theories going on in my head. The characters were phenomenally done. The way Serenity views the world as countless numbers made me feel terrible for her, since it seemed exhausting. The way she would sometimes tell herself out loud to stop counting hit close to home because sometimes I have to tell myself to stop thinking. I really hope we get a sequel. This book was a great read and so for me, it was a 4.5/5. If you like alternate universes, insanely smart women, or have ever wondered about your doppelganger, this is the one for you.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Reagan

    Firstly, thank you CamCat Publishing for sending me this arc. This book had some potential, but it wasn't executed. I found this boring and kinda predictable. I also didn't really like the authors writing style. I will say that I like the cover. Overall this book was just not for me. This is my own personal opinion and honest review! Firstly, thank you CamCat Publishing for sending me this arc. This book had some potential, but it wasn't executed. I found this boring and kinda predictable. I also didn't really like the authors writing style. I will say that I like the cover. Overall this book was just not for me. This is my own personal opinion and honest review!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Sanders

    This is a great action packed and creative sci fi book. I liked the Area 51 reference. It seems like it’s going to be about time travel but then readers realize it’s a multiple dimension story. Serenity is just 18 years old but about to graduate college. She has unusual math skills that gave her an edge in school. She signs up for a university experiment and finds herself in another dimension that actually has worse climate issues than our own. The pace of the action is intense. I liked it. The This is a great action packed and creative sci fi book. I liked the Area 51 reference. It seems like it’s going to be about time travel but then readers realize it’s a multiple dimension story. Serenity is just 18 years old but about to graduate college. She has unusual math skills that gave her an edge in school. She signs up for a university experiment and finds herself in another dimension that actually has worse climate issues than our own. The pace of the action is intense. I liked it. The characters are well developed but I’m not sure why the author wanted serenity to be so young. It doesn’t seem to serve a purpose. Overall, a great read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ash

    3.5/5⭐️ I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I didn't think I was going to like it that much since it isn't the typical book that I read but I ended up really enjoying it. 3.5/5⭐️ I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I didn't think I was going to like it that much since it isn't the typical book that I read but I ended up really enjoying it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Critter

    Serenity is a very intelligent person who is suddenly swept up into another dimension where Earth is deteriorating. To help the people of this dimension, she takes up the identity of the alternate version of herself on this Earth who was a leader of the resistance before she was killed. I've had a hard time rating this book because it's not bad, I just personally didn't love it. There is a lot of good and interesting ideas in it. The main character, Serenity is neurodivergent. We get to see how Serenity is a very intelligent person who is suddenly swept up into another dimension where Earth is deteriorating. To help the people of this dimension, she takes up the identity of the alternate version of herself on this Earth who was a leader of the resistance before she was killed. I've had a hard time rating this book because it's not bad, I just personally didn't love it. There is a lot of good and interesting ideas in it. The main character, Serenity is neurodivergent. We get to see how it affects her life and how she interacts with the world based on her neurodivergency. There is a lot of action in this novel. The world building is great and detailed. However, I struggled with the writing itself. I wanted the book to feel more emotional. There is a lot going on and I didn't feel like I got to feel how Serenity feel. I would like to thank CamCat Books for providing me with an ARC.

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  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

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