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  • Posted November 7, 2012

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    Phenomenal Science Fiction Read!

    The Creative Fire is a phenomenal story that completely blew my mind. Between the theme of revolution, the memorable heroine and the suspenseful plot, Brenda Cooper has become one of my favorite authors. This was my first time experiencing her writing so it was a bit unpredictable, but even so it constantly headed in a direction I appreciated.

    The Creative Fire is Ruby's story of fighting for freedom with her voice and passion for uniting all the people aboard the space ship, The Creative Fire. Separated by class, the grays are the lowest and enforced by the red and, seldom seen by grays, blue peacekeepers. Ruby is not alone in her quest as there were rebels who came before her and those who work secretly. The third person perspective really works for this story because the writing stays centered on Ruby while opening up to another character: Onor, one of Ruby's best friends. It was so exciting to see the two characters start off on the same plot line, and then one placed on a subplot that converged with the main plot line by the end of the novel. Writing two different methods of revolution was an ingenious move for Cooper!

    Ruby's efforts to gain unity for all colors was a naturally building process. It didn't happen overnight and there were mishaps along the way. I wouldn't say that there were many shocking plot twists, but the progression of the story was weighed with suspense. The danger of not knowing who could be affected by Ruby's rebellion or where the commanding power on The Creative Fire actually lies, will truly keep readers on their toes. You'll never know what result will come about or how it will affect the plot until it happens. The story is sectioned into three parts that follow Ruby's progression from a gray with no knowledge of all the ship's history to a woman with a dream that may come to fruition.

    Brenda Cooper gave me more than I hoped for in The Creative Fire. It will absolutely be considered a novel to be read over and over again, whether to capture moments possibly missed during the first read, or to again experience the hope that Ruby instills her followers. I have a grand feeling that the Ruby's Song series will continue to impress me and I'm dying to jump back into Ruby's story!

    Also posted on Lovey Dovey Books
    *Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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