Ascendantby Diana Peterfreund
Astrid Llewelyn is now a fully trained unicorn hunter, but she can't solve all her problems with just a bow and arrow. Herboyfriend, Giovanni, has decided to leave Rome, the Cloisters isin dire financial straits, her best friend's powers are mysteriouslydisintegrating, and Astrid can't help but feel that school, home, andher hopes of becoming a scientist are… See more details below
Astrid Llewelyn is now a fully trained unicorn hunter, but she can't solve all her problems with just a bow and arrow. Herboyfriend, Giovanni, has decided to leave Rome, the Cloisters isin dire financial straits, her best friend's powers are mysteriouslydisintegrating, and Astrid can't help but feel that school, home, andher hopes of becoming a scientist are impossible dreams.So when she's given the opportunity to leave the Cloisters andput her skills to use as part of a scientific quest to discover theRemedy, Astrid leaps at the chance. Finally, she can have exactlywhat she wants—or can she? At Gordian headquarters in the Frenchcountryside, Astrid begins to question everything she thought shebelieved: her love for Giovanni, her loyalty to the Cloisters, and—most of all—her duty as a hunter. Should Astrid be saving the worldfrom killer unicorns, or saving the unicorns from the world?
Picking up where Rampant (2009) ended, this meandering and often slow sequel finds Astrid Llewelyn questioning her life as a virginal unicorn hunter in a camouflage habit (now required by the Church and the novel's only bit of humor), wanting to return to freedom and her education and saying goodbye to her college-bound boyfriend. She may have found a compromise when Isabeau Jaeger, the wife of the mad scientist killed in the series opener and new head of Gordian Pharmaceuticals, invites her to live in Limoges, France, in exchange for her help with unicorns held captive to research and create more of the Remedy against their poison. Although it continues the themes of feminism and mythology (including the story of Diana and Actaeon) begun earlier, this sequel is less about unicorn battles and more about Astrid's search for self as she ponders the ethics of animal testing, the conundrum of saving humans from deadly animals and the ramifications of driving them extinct as well as the meaning of her virginity and advances from her ex-boyfriend. Unanswered questions beg for a sequel. (Fantasy. YA)
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Diana Peterfreund is the author of nine books for adults and teens and over half a dozen critically acclaimed short stories. Though she loves the frocks and lush climate of New Pacifica, for now she lives in the far more prosaic Washington, DC, with her husband, her daughter, and her dog, Rio.
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