Jupiter Winds

Jupiter Winds

by C. J. Darlington


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Jupiter Winds by C. J. Darlington

Ever since Grey Alexander’s parents disappeared five years ago, she’s had one goal—to keep herself and her younger sister Rin alive. But surviving in the North American Wildlife Preserve isn’t easy, especially for the unconnected who can be shot on sight by border patrol robot drones. Through the guidance of their eccentric old neighbor Mrs. March, Grey and Rin get through by smuggling contraband into the Mazdaar government’s city zones.

But when Grey is captured by the merciless General Evangeline Yurkutz and is forced to become bait for her mother and father, she questions everything she thought she knew about her life in the Preserve, her missing parents, and God. Is it possible Jupiter isn’t uninhabitable? And could this planet, whose sky swirls with orange vapors and where extinct-on-Earth creatures roam free, hold the key to reuniting her family?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989162135
Publisher: Mountainview Books, LLC
Publication date: 05/11/2014
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 1,140,717
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Jupiter Winds 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
I_like_clean_reads More than 1 year ago
When I first began reading "Jupiter Winds," I did not care for it because I am not a reader of science fiction, and the terminology Darlington used was just a big HUH? to me. After I got into it, though, I found myself enjoying it more and more. I LOVED the fact that this was a CHRISTIAN science fiction novel instead of he run of the mill Darwinian one. And I just cannot imagine having such a great imagination: I just do not know how she came up with all the technology she described in her novel. I would read  a follow-up to this novel; my problem, however, would be my inability to remember what I have read for very long, so it would be like starting over for me if Darlington has not already begun a sequel. Good work, C. J. Darlington!
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
What could have been a straightforward science fiction tale is really a blend of science fiction, mystery and action adventure, the very hallmarks of one of my favorite kinds of crossgenre fiction. Plot and characterization carry equal weight in Jupiter Winds and I’m really not sure I can say which appealed to me more. Grey and Rin are young sisters who have learned how to survive on their own in a harsh world although they do have a little help from a few friends. Grey, being the elder, takes her responsibility towards Rin very seriously but, at the same time, she values Rin’s contributions to their partnership and I found that really refreshing. I expect siblings in this kind of story to care about each other but to see them respect each other in equal measure is not so common. These two girls understand how important it is that they work together towards the common goal of staying alive no matter what the dangers might be—and dangers there certainly are. Revolution against a tyrannical government is a common theme but Ms. Darlington adds her own touches with technology and with the disappearance of Grey’s and Rin’s parents. I particularly loved that, in the girls’ smuggling business, books are hot ticket items. Printed books, that is, and anyone like me who’s hanging on to the belief that printed books will still be around in the future can take a small bit of comfort here. Anyway, when the girls are dragged into the middle of this revolution, they find themselves surprised at every turn but no surprise is bigger than finding out what happened when their parents disappeared years ago. Then again, a certain Mrs. March has a few tricks up her sleeve, so to speak, and her place in the sisters’ lives is probably my favorite plot point of the entire story. As you might expect from the title, the planet Jupiter plays a big part in the story but Ms. Darlington has also woven in a Christian theme that, to my way of thinking, makes for a more well-rounded tale than much of science fiction. The author uses a light touch with this and I never felt the slightest hint of proselytizing but Jupiter Winds can be recommended to anyone looking for inspirational fiction. Having said that, I should also stress that the term “inspirational fiction” shouldn’t scare anyone off because it’s done so well and so unobtrusively here. In short, I finally have to say I can’t decide whether the plot or the characters appealed to me more because they’re equally strong. And have I mentioned worldbuilding? Jupiter Winds ranks right up there with the best speculative fiction I’ve read. Grey and Rin, Mrs. March and a fellow named Jet, and both Earth and Jupiter in Ms. Darlington‘s imagination will stand out in my reading memory for quite some time to come.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
Let me first say that this is my first scifi kind of novel that I have ever read and didn't know what to expect! I only knew that people were giving it 5 stars and I completely agree with them! "Jupiter Winds" was epic! I absolutely loved everything about this novel! The characters, environment, an technology (well maybe not ALL of the technology)! From the first page I was hooked and easily related to Grey and Rin! The way they survived on their own and had such loyalty to each other even if they were potentially deadly consequences was amazing as well as inspiring! The storyline was really good! The entire concept of Jupiter was fascinating! The description of the places Grey was really helped bring the story to life on top of very fleshed out characters! There wasn't a huge, overpowering Gospel message, but I did like how there was one! It really hit me as did Grey in how God has watched over my family and I through many situations! It left me feeling appreciative as well as recognizing the many blessings I do have! If you enjoy a story that has a scifi edge with no romance and plenty of action as well cliffhangers (at the end of the chapters, not the end of the novel of course) this story is for you! I hope that C.J. will continue to write more novels in this genre because she can deliver a story that sticks in all the right places! *(I received this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was my required to write a positive review!)*
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Jupiter Winds By C.J. Darlington We've been lied to.  That is the plain and simple truth.  And this lie has kept us from knowing that beneath the swirling gases and upper atmosphere winds Jupiter has livable, sustaining atmosphere.   This is a truth that Grey Alexander's parents kept from her and it may very well cost her her life.  But there is more going on than Grey ever imagined.   After fending for both her sister Rin and herself for the last 5 years, she has suddenly become a person of interest to the Mazdaar.  What Grey can't figure out is why, but she is about to find out very quickly.  Jupiter awaits....  I've read several of C.J. Darlington's previous works and was intrigued when approached about reviewing Jupiter Winds.   This is a Dystopian story, but there is a thread of hope that runs throughout - this is not the typical bleak future world that is so often portrayed in this genre. Jupiter Winds is a well-written book that is able to capture and hold the reader's attention.  This is book that can be read and enjoyed by both teens and adults.  There are no language or romantic situations that parents should find offensive if this is a concern they have in many of the offering available to today's YA audience. This book is complete and yet there is an opening for sequels (for which I am hoping!).   I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I fell for this book when I saw the cover. I mean, it's gorgeous and eerie and amazing, right? Then I found out it included a dystopian Earth and space travel; count me in. Thus, I was predisposed to like it, and I did enjoy it. Grey and her sister Rin are well-fleshed out characters I pulled for, both individually and as sisters. Darlington does a great job with their sibling relationship; it's clearly the star of the novel. I also enjoyed exploring Grey's world with its tech-heavy Earth landscape and fantastic Jupiter environment. However, I confess, every now and then, the storyworld felt inconsistent. For example, I'm not sure I understand how Grey, Rin, and their neighbors weren't found in the Preserve. They were clearly using a lot of tech and energy themselves, which would seem to be traceable. These problems along with some inconsistent or illogical character motivations in the last third of the book and a too-quickly wrapped up spiritual arc left me a little let down at the end. Final verdict? I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book and sincerely wish the last half would've been as stellar. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Jupiter Winds in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
DLWatson More than 1 year ago
I've thought for some time that in the current fiction marketplace, we have a shortage of good, well-crafted science fiction that comes from a Christian worldview. I'm not talking about overt references to the Christian faith, just an overall worldview. I consider one of the paragons in this arena to be Kathy Tyers, so when I saw she had endorsed CJ Darlington's "Jupiter Winds," my interest in the book peaked. That and the beautiful cover convinced me to give the book a try. (Yes, I'll admit it. I am a cover snob.) As I read the book, I was happy to find that the book lived up to its promise. The main character, a teen named Grey, was well-developed and likeable. She was written in such a way that I emphasized with her easily. The author's descriptions let me see into her world and feel her pain. Definitely not a wooden character. Grey's little sister, Rin, started out very strong. In the beginning, I got the feeling that Grey might have given up were it not for her little sister, but that seemed to weaken as the story went on. Regardless, being a little sis myself, I enjoyed watching the very real interaction between the two sisters, a relationship not unlike the one I have had with my own sister all my life. In addition, among the main characters, there definitely is room for at least one or two younger characters who support the resistance, but that wasn't a deal-breaker for me. I don't want to give any spoilers, but suffice it to say that the story is full of action and a few twists here and there, some of which I saw coming and some of which I didn't--and that's a good thing. Overall, I greatly enjoyed reading Jupiter Winds, a rare find in today's options for new sci-fi books. I hope we get to see more of Grey and Rin in future volumes.
AlysonSchroll More than 1 year ago
This book peaked my interest. I wanted to know about Grey and her life on earth and journey to Jupiter. The storyline itself did not disappoint, and I finished it in a relatively short amount of time. However, this book did not wow me. The technology was believable, but I have read/seen it better. Stronger character voices would have made a huge difference for me. Because of personal experience, I found it difficult to relate to the emotions Grey went through with her family. Darlington’s strength in description helped keep a good balance with the action and sci-fi aspects. I saw Jupiter in a way I’d never seen it before. In the end, this was an okay book that I’m glad I read.
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
OK. I have to admit... when I flipped the book over and looked at the back, I jumped. Those eyes are creepy. But they're probably meant to be, so they definitely do their job. DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK! It doesn't matter if you're a fan of Inspirational fiction or not, if you enjoy Dystopian OR Sci-Fi, YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK! Yes, faith is an intricate part of the story but it is woven in so seamlessly and without sounding preachy, it's clearly just an intrinsic piece of the whole. Jupiter Winds is the 4th full-length published novel of  C.J. Darlington who, when she didn't get the answer she wanted from traditional publishers - decided to start her own (successful) publishing company along with her mother and sister. And all I can say is, the traditional publishing agencies truly missed the boat this time! "Jupiter Winds"  could so easily knock " Divergent" off it's tattooed pedestal. This is a book that has it ALL. The government is taking merciless advantage, people are starving or being killed left and right for no reason, two teens are left alone to fend for themselves when their parents go missing and the coup de grâce - most of the book takes place on another planet! And...get this. It's a true dystopian - not like so many of these watered-down, almost dystopian novels that are getting their "15 minutes" and then fading into obscurity. It doesn't just encompass an entire planet, it tells us about 2! And we don't get a quick sound-bite either. We get a good back-story (and more than a little popping in here or there through the whole story) on what's going on around the world. It's GREAT! There's no lack of techno-sounding words or language progression in this story either. It's in there! From cosmoships to bioskin. The danger, the excitement, the knowing that something unthinkable could happen at any moment - It's ALL in there! There are surprises around every corner and no yawns anywhere. And don't be lulled into complacency. Just because you're getting close to the end does NOT mean there isn't another surprise coming your way! It's a tough book to put down but, if you have to, I promise you'll be rushing back to it as quickly as you can and you'll get pulled right back into the story within the space of a sentence. Disclaimer: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
j2starshine More than 1 year ago
Jupiter Winds is a Christian novel set in the near future where a government forces everyone to be connected by surgically inserting a chip in the forehead that allows for individuals to communicate with each other without verbally speaking, as well as being able to buy and sell, and be monitored. Technology that I have heard rumors and speculation about since I was a teenager, mainly associated with fear of the end times within Christian circles. So personally, it took me out of the story. Not that I had issues with how the author handled it in relation to the story. That said, I did enjoy the story. The plot wove together different threads, switching between the main character, Grey Alexander, and her sister, Rin who are among the ones who chose not to have the chip implanted. At first I was a bit confused to the newer technology, especially about the drones, but as the story progressed I understood better. The story flowed well and kept me turning the pages. The concept of life on Jupiter is awesome. I can’t imagine being in a place with an orange sky. The author did a great job putting just enough description in to get a taste of the new world. I’d really like to see more of Jupiter and the characters interacting with it. The ending was interesting, but good. And I’m wondering if there’ll be a book two. If you like young adult, mild sci-fi with strong family values, check it out! *I received a free copy to read and review.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago