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The Fires of New Sun (Blending Time Series #2)
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The Fires of New Sun (Blending Time Series #2)

by Michael Kinch
 

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Under siege in the harsh African desert. Their only choice: rise up against ruthless renegades . . . or die. After weeks of suffering from exhaustion and starvation, Jaym and D’Shay, conscripted NorthAm Blenders, have helped dozens of Nswibe refugees cross the African desert under the blazing savannah sun. They’ve finally reunited with their friend,

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Under siege in the harsh African desert. Their only choice: rise up against ruthless renegades . . . or die. After weeks of suffering from exhaustion and starvation, Jaym and D’Shay, conscripted NorthAm Blenders, have helped dozens of Nswibe refugees cross the African desert under the blazing savannah sun. They’ve finally reunited with their friend, Reya, and found safe haven at a New SUN outpost, a cavern fortress hidden in the Blue Mountains. But their troubles are just beginning. Treachery and infighting run rampant at the camp. And as a massive ’gade attack looms, the three friends are quickly drawn into a deadly battle. Overcoming the siege is vital—defeat would mean slavery, death, and the end of the Blender program, Africa’s last hope. Racing against time, Jaym, Reya, and D’Shay mount a daring counterattack against the power-hungry ’gades—knowing that if they fail, their world will be destroyed.

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"For some great action, this can't be beat."—KIRKUS REVIEWS
VOYA - Stephanie Petruso
The Fires of New Sun is the sequel to dystopian The Blending Time (Flux, 2010/VOYA December 2010), in which a world devastated by weather changes leaves human populations struggling to survive across the globe. Seventeen-year-olds (called s'teeners) are conscripted into the Global Alliance to help combat the problems. North Americans D'Shay, Reya, and Jaym have supposedly plum assignments helping to repopulate Africa after a massive solar flare left Africans unable to reproduce with one another. When they arrive, though, they find a continent torn apart by war with 'gades (renegades) who thieve, kill, and rape at will. After being separated, and Reya being held captive by the 'gades, the three find themselves together again at the New Sun encampment. With their new African partners and leaders of New Sun, Jaym, D'Shay, and Reya find themselves in the midst of a bloody war against the 'gades. The Fires of New Sun is definitely not a stand-alone novel. Readers will want the background that The Blending Time provides. The descriptions of battles can be quite violent, and it can read like a war diary at times. Readers who enjoyed the battle for humanity aspects of the Hunger Games series may like this series but will not find the depth of character development that Suzanne Collins provides. This book is recommended for larger public libraries and those that have already purchased the first in the series. Reviewer: Stephanie Petruso
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In the aftermath of the Great Solar Flare of 2058, the people of Africa suffer devastating damage to their chromosomal structure because of exposure to gamma rays during the disaster. In order to preserve the race, new blood is being introduced in the form of "Blenders," youth chosen for the purpose of breeding. This sequel to The Blending Time (Flux, 2011) takes up the adventures of D'Shay, Jaym, and Reya, three Blenders desperately working to survive against the wrath of the 'gades, protect the health and welfare of the 'gees, and build lives for themselves in the new Africa. Despite the presence of introductory history and a cast of characters, along with an all-to-brief glossary, readers new to this series will have a very difficult time entering Kinch's elaborate futuristic world. Those who have read the first book will find plenty of action and gore, coupled with the blossoming romances between the matched couples and their struggles to assimilate within African tribal culture.—Sara Saxton, Wasilla Meta-Rose Public Library, Wasilla, AK
Kirkus Reviews
Three teens fight bandits in a future Africa as they attempt to rebuild civilization on the continent. This sequel to the effective dystopia The Blending Time (2010) relies on some knowledge of the previous book but offers excellent suspense and some attractive characterizations. The multicultural teens, Jaym, Reya and D'Shay, meet again after Jaym and D'Shay have defeated the "'gades" (renegades) that attacked their village. Now they trek across the waterless savanna to find an outpost of New Sun, the organization behind their original mission to Africa. All their efforts will fall apart, however, if a strong force of 'gades succeeds in wiping out their camp. Much of the story centers on their preparations for the coming attack, and it really takes off when the fight begins. Kinch makes the action truly exciting, but, sadly, it obscures the inventiveness of the dystopia somewhat. Although the story takes place in the 2070s, there's plenty for contemporary teens to recognize. The three main characters come across as real people, although some in the supporting cast feel one-dimensional, such as the unpleasant Aussie Tarkin. Ultimately, as a war story, the book works beautifully. For some great action, this can't be beat. (Dystopian action. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738730769
Publisher:
North Star Editions
Publication date:
01/08/2012
Series:
Blending Time Series , #2
Pages:
275
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Michael Kinch spent his youth in Las Vegas, Hollywood, San Francisco and Portland before enlisting in the Army where he was stationed in Germany intercepting Russian intelligence. A former librarian at Oregon State University, Kinch traveled widely in Africa leading workshops on the library sciences. His Blending Time novels arose from the vivid memories and friendships gained during that time. He lives near Salem, Oregon, with his family.

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