The White Lilacby Christina J. Adams
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From the day 15-year-old Caryn Tobin watched her best friend drown, she has carried two weights: a fear of water and the responsibilities of the oldest candidate in the Compound, a leading power on Beta Earth. Caryn is determined to live up to her friend’s memory, even if it means forcing herself to train in the water every day in order to protect the other girls so they can live and dream.
After nearly 3,000 years on the first colonized planet, there is still a deadly toxin in the air poised to wipe out the world’s population and it is the Compound’s purpose to train candidates from birth to gather the underwater cure. All the candidates compete for the chance to save the world, but only one can win and the winner will not survive collecting the cure. Caryn has to win. It is the price she must pay to atone for her part in the drowning.
Yet moments after sealing her own fate, Caryn is offered an opportunity to see the planet and leave the Compound for three days. In the city she meets Kai, a 16-year-old street kid, who is searching for answers to his past. They form an unlikely friendship and Caryn realizes she has dreams of her own. Her decision is further complicated when she discovers the Compound has been experimenting on the very people they are sworn to cure. Now she must choose between her sense of duty and her heart, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
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Meet the Author
Christina J. Adams finds inspiration in the green rolling hills and farmland surrounding her home in Maryland. She loves writing and reading books for children and teens and is the author of YA dystopian novels The White Lilac and Fadeout, the first book of the And Carillians for the Machine series. In addition, she has also written several short stories and posts for her blog: Writing, Editing and Other Adventures.
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The summary really got me, and what interested me the most to read The White Lilac is how Caryn and Kai would find each other. I mean, they both have 2 different worlds and practically the opposite. Caryn is one of the chosen ones to save the world – Beta Earth – by gathering the eggs in an aquarium. She has a special ability, which is she can breathe longer than the others while in the water. What confused me though is how does the aquarium look like? I know it’s not a small tank, obviously, because a person’s swimming in it, but is the aquarium located in a closed place or open place? I couldn’t really picture it. It basically says in the summary what Kai’s character is like. He was abandoned, and lived in the streets. Eventually T-Man’s gang found him, and the T-Man is his only lead to why his mother left him. I think Kai is the type of quiet guy, but if you mess with him, he won’t think twice messing with you back. I like both Kai & Caryn’s personality, but sometimes I couldn’t relate to them because it wasn’t in their perspective. The author was mostly telling the story, providing us the details and such. It switches from 1st person (Caryn) to 3rd person (Kai) per chapter and there wasn’t a whole lot of dialogues. The book started out with a bam, and the ending had a lot of revelations which made me gasp. The middle part of the book was slow though, and sometimes I would forget what was going on because of how slow the pacing was. There were also some typos. Overall, the concept of the book, for me, was originally thought of. There wasn’t any love story in the book, it was more like a “crush”thing. Though the characters doesn’t admit it, you can sort of see it in their actions. With that, I can see this book as a middle grade book besides young adult. It was a new read for me, and if you are a dystopian fan or sci fi (because this book also fits the sci fi genre) then I would recommend it.
This was a book given to me for a review. I was excited to really say that I enjoyed book! This book seemed to start a little allow for me. I really liked that the book was a single read. I really liked how the main characters had there own chapters. So you got to know them individually before they get together. This change of POV was a interesting change for me. This book would be a good read for a young adult.