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"The novel's emphasis on character rather than technology combined with it's almost agrarian sensibilities make it a great one for fantasy fans who thought they could never enjoy science fiction. By the same token, this is a particularly good novel for teens and young adults looking for something that's not another Harry Potter clone."
- David Lee Summers, Tales of the Talisman
Posted March 4, 2013
Posted April 23, 2012
Lisa's Way follows a young woman named Lisa. She lives a pretty good life with her father, but her society pushes women into secondary roles. The highest she could hope to rise is a teacher. To Lisa this is totally unacceptable, she has dreams and an impressive intellect that is being wasted. Her father is an important person and has coddled her a bit allowing her access to the family library which feeds her displeasure with her future role.
One day in the library she finds a book that talks about the portals that have been deactivated for a long time. In times long past people could travel between worlds opening them up to new experiences and trade. Learning to use the portal she decides that she is going to go through them and see what lies beyond. Thus starts the biggest adventure anyone has had in hundreds of years...
The book has a good solid feel to it. Lisa is a good character that it is easy to relate to. She just feels that her dreams cannot be realized without significant change, so she sets out to change them. The biggest issue with her is her lack of change through the book. Despite having tasks she is set to accomplish at each stop on her journey, she never really runs up against any seemingly insurmountable odds. What she needs to happen generally happens with a brief conversation and maybe a little trickery.
The worlds she visits are all relatively similar to her own, each with their own series of problems that can be traced back to when the portals were shutdown. There are some good people that she meets along the journey that do add to the depth of the story. Overall I think the book was decent and the premise solid, but the lack of any real twists to the story limited my enjoyment level a little bit. Still this is a good book for a younger audience to show the value of determination is overcoming obstacles.
Review copy provided by the author.