In a well-imagined dystopian future, a teenager sets out on a quest to save her village. People are starving. “[T]errible monsters that used to be people,” are killing them. And the only hope of protection comes from the mysterious Jeremiah of Screven. The price will be high, but anything’s preferable to watching her family die.
The author describes Mora’s world convincingly, keeping backstory revelations in their place, and maintaining a good mix of swift action and introspective storytelling pace. First-person writing with a youthful, journaling style lends a sense of immediacy. And the different locales combine to create a feeling of a much bigger world sharing this dark dystopian fate.
There’s a bigger world offering hope as well in this tale. Mora learns she has unexpected powers and wonders what to do with them. Then she finds others, the Starborn, with similar skills. But they won’t share their secrets, and Mora has yet to learn that all power comes with responsibility. Meanwhile she’s falling in love with two guys at once—definitely teen.
Determined to save her home at whatever cost, curious to learn the extent of her powers, worried and wearied by the attentions and distractions of others, Mora weaves a tortuous course between being too trusting and too suspicious, too powerful and too afraid to test herself. Success carries the seeds of failure. And the novel ends with nice enough twist to offer completeness while guaranteeing more. It’s an enjoyable teen read--think Hunger Games crossed with a touch of Superman and zombie fiction perhaps--not too sensual, appropriately violent, offering plenty to think about.
Disclosure: The author gave me a free ecopy and I promised an honest review.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
Jason D. Morrow is the author of The Marenon Chronicles and The Starborn Saga. A writer since a young age, Jason enjoys playing guitar, making fun videos, and spending time with his lovely wife Emily, and their dog, Winnie.