Book I of the Generations Trilogy

“Adrenaline pumping, heart pounding adventure from the first page to the last. Unstoppable and real, M. Savage is one hell of a heroine. Get ready to be left breathless.”
Kristin Cast, New York Times best-selling author of AMBER SMOKE and the HOUSE OF NIGHT series.

“I open my eyes to darkness. Total darkness. I hear my own breathing, but nothing else. I lift my head . . . it thumps against something solid and unmoving. There is a board right in front of my face. No, not a board . . . a lid.”


As the caterpillar is to the butterfly, the child is to the adult; the latter can not exist unless the former ceases to be. A teenage girl awakens trapped in a coffin, the chrysalis meant to usher in her personal spiritual transformation, but something has gone wrong with this ancient ritual — she doesn’t know where she is or how she got there. Other than her name, Em Savage, she has zero knowledge of her past. Fighting her way free brings little relief — she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified teenage survivors. Beyond their crypt lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people . . . and no answers.

Scott Sigler’s brutal, visceral tale of lost innocence takes place in a post-racial, post-gender culture left behind by an ultra-conservative sect. When societal norms are unknown, how does class stratification manifest itself? ALIVE explores critical questions regarding the nature of youth, of adulthood and what it means to be trapped between the two.

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  1. Ginny

    Hi there!

    I’m obsessed with the entire Generations Trilogy- and I really do mean OBSESSED. After having read them a million times each, I have accumulated a couple of questions, one of which I will list below:

    I’ve noticed that some of the names you’ve given the characters are quite symbolic. For example, the names Savage, Bishop, El-Saffani, Victor, and Spingate have pretty significant meaning in regards to their caste or rejection of such hierarchies. While deciphering the meanings of some the above name was enjoyable, I am more curious as to how you developed both the specifically and basically named characters such as Smith and Zubiri. Did you name characters after your loved ones? Or were they simply fabricated by yourself for the purpose of the novel?



    1. scottsigler

      Ginny: My apologies for the delay in responding, deadlines are hammering me about the face and midriff. The choice of what to name a character is often mixed. I start out with a placeholder name, something random, then as the character takes form I (sometimes) change the name to find something I think better fits the character.

      Then there is the “math” of names, where if I have, say, a “Sam” and a “Sue” that interact regularly, I might change one name so it’s more visually/auditorily different. That’s part of trying to remove things that could cause brief confusion in the mind of the reader. Smooth reading is a primary goal for me, I want to keep you *in* the story at all times.

      You think “Zubiri” is a common name? Where are you from? I’d love to know more about that.

      1. Ginny

        I suppose I had never thought of that method for naming. That was quite more complex than I had originally assumed- especially with the factor of interactions. Is this your methodology for every novel you write or were you more intentional in this series due to the importance of first and last names?

        I apologize, that was a poorly worded statement on my part. I meant “Zubiri” to be an example of a specific and unique name from your novels. If you are still curious, I’m from Kentucky!

        1. scottsigler

          Ginny: I’ve grown more intentional over the years, mostly because I have written so many characters now that if first/last names are identical or even similar I get things gummed up in my head, as well as that being confusing for the reader. It’s been an iterative process.

          No apology necessary! Happy to have a fan in the Bluegrass State.

      2. Ginny

        I suppose I had never thought of that method for naming. That was quite more complex than I had originally assumed- especially with the factor of interactions. Is this your methodology for every novel you write or were you more intentional in this series due to the importance of first and last names?

        I apologize, that was a poorly worded statement on my part. I meant “Zubiri” to be an example of a specific and unique name from your novels. If you are still curious, I’m from Kentucky!

  2. Miriam

    Hi Scott,
    I love your books but unfortunately the newer ones are not available in German – is there a chance, Alive and all the follwing books will be available here in Germany in German language? If it is only a question of translation: I’d love to help!
    Thank you!

    1. scottsigler

      Miriam: We have no books slated for German language publication at this time. I’m asking my agent to look into selling the Generations Trilogy there. While we appreciate the offer to help with translation, unless you are an experienced book translator who also has strong contacts with German publishers we can’t really do anything with that offer. We don’t have the resources to pursue self-publishing in Germany.

  3. Nancy

    Hi Scott! I’m loving your Alive series so far, I’m almost done with the second book and I can’t wait to read the third! I just wanted to ask if the third book is the final book to the series? Or are you going to make a fourth one and so on?

  4. Grace

    I absolutely LOVED the book! I am excited to here that there is going to be a squeal. You are such a great writer, and I really look up to you. You are a really good author of suspense stories and I can’t wait for the next book!

  5. Carly Carlstrom

    Hi Scott,

    Longtime fan here! I recently listened to “Alive” and became obsessed. My little theatre brain started firing and I felt like I HAD to make it into a series, web or tv. I want to ask more formally, but is there any way I could have permission to interpret the novel into script form and send it to you for some sort of approval (or dis)? I’d love to get this project started and put this awesome series on screen! Thank you for inspiring my love of sci-fi and gore in my teenage life. It meant the world to have your universes and I LOVE reading your novels!
    -best wishes,

  6. Tiffany Ouellet

    We love Alive and Alight!!! We are dying to ready book 3.

    Scott, my 11 year old daughter has been diagnosis with a working memory disability. I have been reading your books every night to her and she cannot get enough. She is so engrossed by them and Guess what!?!? She can retain more information about the characters and story line then I can.

    I want to say thank you for such discriptive and exhilarating writing. We look forward to book 3 and many more books after.

    Your captive audience
    Tiffany and Hali Ouellet
    Terrace BC, Canada

  7. Jim Screechy

    As a long time Sigler fan I’m returning to my much loved listening habits of a decade ago now I have more time on my hands.

    I began listening to this yesterday and to my absolute horror! I wasn’t greeted with the gruff masculine voice of Sigler and his repertoire of character vocalisations but a female voice reading the podcast! HELP!

    What has happened! My universe is caving in!

    1. scottsigler

      Jim: Where you been, brah? We’re happy to have you back, but we’ve had other people doing my audiobooks since NOCTURNAL. I still do the GFL novels and novellas, we have other people doing non-GFL works. There’s only so many hours in the week — when I record an audiobook, that’s two weeks of writing time lost. Two books a year means a month of writing time gone, or roughly 60,000 words of first-draft new material.

  8. Lynn

    I was just wondering what age/grade level this is suitable for. I am a middle school librarian and I was wondering if it would be okay in a middle school library. Thanks.

  9. Hammy the Pig

    Oh my gosh, I chose to do this book for my October book report in class, and let me say: NO REGRETS!! I love this book sooo much, it makes school fun! I’m definitely going to read the rest of the trilogy :).

  10. Dan Sizemore

    Listened to alive, starting on alight, is alone out of free audio? And best book is read since Atlantis gene by A.G. Riddle. Got a new favorite author. I know its a dieing art, but thank you for keeping my imagination as “Alive” as it was as a teen lol. Cant wait to see what you have for us in the future Scott “book slinger” Sigler!

    1. scottsigler

      Dan: That’s great! I haven’t listened to Mr. Riddle’s work yet, but I appreciate the comparison (he’s such a massive success on Audible). We have many, many tales still coming your way. ALONE will be podcast soon.

      1. Dan

        Just finished Alone, got it on audible. One statement and one Q. Statement: without a spoiler i really hate the raltionship part of the ending,but still a great write. Question: is there going to be another book linked to these,a fourth if u will? Would love to see where it goes, cant help but feel the story isnt ended.maybe wishful thinking lol. This is dan btw, forgot my pw so just started a second pp. and 1 more Q? What of yours should i start next? Thanks again forr taken me on a great ride!

        1. scottsigler

          Dan: There are so many books I want to write. Even though I would love to do a prequel (what happened to Matilda and her revolution), and a sequel (how the Birthday Children fare on their next planet), I doubt I will get those done.

  11. Grace

    Hi Scott! I love your book ALIVE. I remember meeting you when ALIVE book just came out and we met at the convention at the library. You may not remember me but my name is Grace. I am a big fan.

  12. Abby B

    I am trying to write a book report on the second book, but I did not realize how hard that would be. I am only supposed to do like one paragraph for retelling what has happened so far at the beginning of the book but that is difficult, because in order to tell what has happened in a way that makes sense, I have to recap what has happened in the first book, but that makes it SO much longer than one paragraph.

      1. Kenzie

        Same! I got so excited at parts and wanted to explain those parts to my friends many times but I just couldn’t get it all across and make sense at the same time. I the generations trilogy so far… Very very much. I also finished ALIGHT just today in the car going home and whined like a baby. Oh my gosh I need ALONE. Last thing I want to say.. These books would make a killer movie series if made the right way 🙂

      1. Katelyn Smith

        I will love book if this series! You are such a good wirter! you bring thrills, and suspense, and action packed and its jsut so interesting! where do you get your inspiration?

        1. scottsigler

          Katelyn: My inspiration is different for every book. With this series, I wanted to look at how nature and nurture combine to make us who we are, but shifting the balance of those elements can produce drastically different versions of you. I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Did you read Book II, ALIGHT?

  13. zal

    Tf siggs i knwo its been awhile and you’re quite the hotshot now and might not want to give all your audios away but tf what happend to the free stories , or am i missing something…

  14. Emma

    This was hands-down the best book I have ever read. I finished the book in one day, and I am going to read the other two! I am considering buying them as well because I want to read them again, along with other books of yours!

  15. Candace

    I’m eleven and “ALIVE” is the greatest book I’ve ever read. I’ve been reading it for a few weeks and I’m only on page 180 but, I was wondering what the purple, green, and blue fruit are (if they’re even actual fruit). So if anyone could tell me that would be awesome.

  16. Tyler

    This book is one of my all time favorites! I could not put it down, I’d recommend this book to anyone and I have. I love Alight along with this one.

      1. raisin

        loved this book so much! great plot, relatable characters, and such an amazing storyline. CANNOT WAIT TO READ ALIGHT! thank you for 48 hours of sheer delight 🙂

          1. Susie Bellar

            May I ask a question? The symbols are tattoos or brandings? How did they get the symbols? My daughter wants to be a grown up for Halloween trying to make it as accurate as possible.

  17. Scott

    Hey Scott
    Long time podcast listener diving trucks at night thanks so much for the insanity love it. Up to episode 12 Alive not getting into it as much as your other casts. Seems a bit off track for you anyway I will keep following the hall uphill and see where it leads. What’s the story with the crypt is it going to go anywhere. Ok m8 keep up the good work love it. I’m gunna hit up on the gfl again.

    1. scottsigler

      Scott: Give it a few more episodes to see if it catches on with you, but if it’s not your bag, it’s not your bag. I’m trying to finish up ALONE, which is Book III of the Generations Trilogy, then will be diving into either GFL Book VI and then CRYPT II, or CRYPT II and then GFL Book VI. Unless other writing contracts come in, it’s hard to predict such things.

  18. Jeff

    I’m a long haul truck driver and I loved listening to Alive. Looking forward to the next 2! I was pleasantly surprised at the cool sci-fi aspect of the story. How long after Alight comes out in April will it be available in the audio version?

  19. Michal

    I have read all your books and just started this one. I wanted to say thank you for your work. Your books are not avaiable in my language (Slovak) so I got only epub editions but I hope it will be translated so more peple can enjoy it.

  20. hope

    I just finished reading and I cannot stop thinking about it! Seriously, if this was a movie I would see it every day it played. And I am so glad you requested that there be no spoilers- I was a little confused at some points and tempted to look it up, but it all explained itself so well and it was quite rewarding to figure it out along with the characters. I also felt very close with and just adored most characters, as they are only a few years younger than me. I absolutely can’t wait until Alight and Alone come out. seriously. I might just die waiting 🙂 Lots of love from Singapore!

      1. Kiersten Moran

        AHHH OMG this is by far better than any book I have ever laid eyes on. I just finished!!! I am actually so sad that I am done, as I was extremely engrossed within it. Will there be a second book? A movie perhaps? ☺

        1. Kiersten Moran

          AHHH OMG this is by far better than any book I have ever laid eyes on. I just finished!!! I am actually so sad that I am done, as I was extremely engrossed within it. Will there be a second book? A movie perhaps? ☺


  21. Chris Cook

    Big fan and I have read all your books. Just finished Alive. While I found it to be a decent read, I just can’t get into the YA series. I’ll join you when you get back to the hardcore horror scifi.

  22. Daniel Drolet

    I am a French Canadian follower since you first started.
    I enjoy your spark and intelligent stories. Makes my train rides so much better.
    I listen to many podcast, audiobooks, podiobooks.
    I thank you.

    Merci mister Sigler

  23. Kurt_eh

    Amazon got mine to me a day late (boo-urns)! and then the day it did come was the night of the Rush concert in town (yay Neil Peart!)

    But the day after that I dug into it, and for a slow reader, I’m about 1/3 through. Looking forward to more!

    1. Kurt_eh

      PS. I will confess having difficulty listening to the podcast. By which, I mean, when I listen, I want to dedicate my full attention to it. I usually listen to my podcasts while at work, and with a 1 year old, slotting dedicated time (when I am not multi tasking) is getting difficult. But I am managing to work it in somehow every week!

  24. Ellie

    Hello from Scotland!

    I have heard a lot about ALIVE and I am really excited to read it. I was wondering if there are any plans for it to be released in paperback form? It’s not listed on Amazon, and so I figured I would ask here.

    Thank you!

    1. A Sigler

      Sure, plans to release in paperback. But paperback always comes 6 to 12 months after hardcover if there’s a hardcover. So it’s nebulous, but yes, there will be a paperback someday.

  25. ratman19

    Just received my pre-ordered hardcopy from Amazon today. I do not have the words to express my disappointment. I wish I could (or knew how) to add an image to this comment because my book arrived with the dust jacket all cut up. Looks like Amazon gave it to a dog for a while before shipping it my way.

    Now what? I return it and wait even longer for my fix? Guess Ill have to just read this one and buy another one later.

      1. ratman19

        Amazon has one of the best return/replacement policies and I am certain they would replace it. However, I would have to send back the book, postponing my enjoyment yet again. I’m considering it….

  26. Katharina Winter

    Hi Scott!

    I really would love to preorder an autographed copy through Mysterious Galaxy Books but they do not accept paypal as payment method.
    Do you have any influence on that? Just asking. 🙂

    Lots of love from Germany,

  27. Ana

    Greetings from Portugal!
    I would love to read and review your book, so when I saw Alive on Netgalley I immediately requested it but unfortunately I was denied.
    The premise seems great and, having read Infected, I am sure you have managed to create something unique amongst so many similar books.
    Best wishes to you, Mr Sigler! Looking forward to reading your work again.
    Just as soon as I get my pile of books to read for review to a manageable size 🙂

  28. George Prekas

    Thanks for the reply.I already contacted the publisher but there was no reply.Lets hope that they do somethink but you may do something to change the publisher here in Greece so we can enloy the books.

    1. A Sigler

      Hi George,

      I wish we knew more about the foreign rights and specifically for Greece. As is happens, we have no influence on if the Greek publisher picks up any of Scott’s other books. If you have contact information for the Greek publisher, it probably wouldn’t hurt to contact them and ask, as they have the ability to make it happen!

  29. jeffoverstreet

    I love your novels. You are truly gifted. I listen to all my books. I love to hear your narrations. Listend to a lot on librivox, then changed over to audible and baught everything I listened to… then listened to everything else you had on there. I love the GFL series, and you are the best at narrating it. I wanted to hear the rest of the crypt book 2 but can’t find it:( can’t wait for alive

    1. Herman

      Hi Scott I stumbled upon alive through and I have to say WOW this story pulled me by the hair right along with em,through each darkend room,and fright filled turn,and now you have a new fan that is searching the net,for more of your story’s, if THAY are 1/2 as excellent as alive I will be a happy fan indeed, I have wish listed #2 and #3 with Amazon, so ASAP I will be again so deep in to em and her friends only my hair will show above the pages of the books, thank you so much for sharing your talent with us all. O. Thought you may like to know this is the first time I have liked a book, enough to say WOW OR THANKYOU.

  30. Debbie

    Just finished Contagious, loaned to me by my future son-in-law (Jim), along with Infected. Can’t wait to get my hands on Pandemic! You are a fabuloulsy detailed, edge-of-your-seat writer and have made a lifelong fan out of this reader!

  31. Art Mandelin

    Long-time podcast listener (and yes I did donate), first-time physical “dead tree” buyer. If you follow the FDO on Facebook, you’ve seen my photo in front of the Chicago Fire Station (Engine 98) in celebration of Pandemic.

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