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Great YA dystopian novel
From the beginning, my mind sorted the characters into two categories...those who supported the government, and those who opposed it. The heroine, young Rachel is heavily influenced by her mother to believe the government is wrong. Her mother is a very strong character in the story, very determined and loving. Several chapters told in her point-of-view reveal just how much she loves and daughter and how desperately she wants to keep her safe. We also get a peek into the mind of their employer, the stern Ms. Moore. Her stone personality gives the story some extra edge. All of the characters were memorable. I enjoyed the shifting POV, it helped the story flow smoothly.
The cons...The next book, titled Away, doesn't come out until early 2011. I don't know if I can wait that long.
posted by EllzReadz on February 17, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
new dystopian series
The story was futuristic, set after a war that nearly killed our planet. Our main girl Rachel lives with her mother at the guest house of Ms. Moore's property and that is what they call it, the PROPERTY where in the greenhouse is their source of income. It is situated a few yards from THE LINE border. This all seems intriguing. The government in this book is obviously into some kind of conspiracy. Feeding people all these stories about AWAY and the OTHERS, these scared most people. It prevents them from even thinking about leaving, to question it or start a rebellion. So living a few yards away from it instantly piqued my curiosity. Why live there? I am certain too that Mrs. Moore & Vivian (Rachel's mom) is hiding something and I wanted to know what it is. It might be two different secrets but it is obviously something to do with AWAY or the OTHERS. But there is one negative about this book. The pace... the employment of Rachel inside the greenhouse bored me. I am not interested in orchids at the moment so the first 7 chapters... I keep thinking, is it relevant? I almost didn't want to finish it. It was too slow and not enough mystery for me to look forward, but I remember the blurb... there is going to be something... so I kept on reading until... Rachel discovered... A tape recorder. With a message. A past. About her parents. About her dad, and it was.... *gasp*
Patience is a virtue. When you get to "that" chapter you won't be able to put this book down. It is a good start for a new dystopian series.
posted by peaceloveandpat on March 4, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 17, 2010
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So...not so much.
It's partly my fault I didn't enjoy this book. I should have read more about it's genre before diving in. From the synopsis I thought it would be more sci-fi fantasy and less oppressive government politics. The last 5 pages are the only worth reading. As the previous reviewer said, 90% of the book is drawn out set-up and explanation. I didn't find any of the characters realistic or relatable. No mother/daughter relationship is like Rachel and Vivian's. Ms. Moore was the only character I found any interest in. All of the endless discussion on orchids was also extremely out of place. (Ms Moore teaches Rachel how to care for orchids that she sells to nearby towns) The follow ups to this novel will probablly be much better, but I'm too put off by the first installment to continue. So if you like political fiction set in the future with a lazy imagination (seriously? digims? streamer? away?) and great tips on orchid care, this book is for you. If you want a really well done fantasy novel with political undertones, read Unwind.
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Posted December 30, 2010
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