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Fields of Elysium

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Alternate worlds and teen emotions in a complex mix

  • May 6, 2013
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+2
Moving cross-country can feel a bit like moving between worlds, but the narrator of this novel finds herself accidentally transported through a haze of curious lights after the move, and she’s not in LA anymore. Soon Molly’s falling for a boy who might be an alien. Her father’s only just released her from GPS tracking, which causes her to wonder, what will he think? And her new earth-friends are too Hollywood beautiful with their heads in the clouds to be much help.

Add the Lindbergh baby, bullying, the consequences of teen drink and sex, ecological problems, technological advancements, politics, war, teen romance, and even a touch of the spiritual, then you’ll have at least part of the flavor of A. B. Whelan’s young adult fantasy, Fields of Elysium.

The novel’s long and well-edited—just a few odd typos and strange turns of phrase. The voice is very distinctly that of an American teen girl. Emotions shift from “earlier ecstatic feelings” to deep lows through detailed rationalization. And the science and technology are definitely not for the techie. But the story’s fun, with intriguing characters sharing the inconsistencies of genuine teens. Set partly in an LA high school, partly in homes, and partly--well--somewhere else, it certainly gives the reader much to think about, though the much-vaunted “peace” of the alien planet never quite convinces me.

Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel when the author visited my blog on her blog tour.

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