Book Review: Unraveled by Kate Jarvik Birch

Unraveled
Perfected #3
Kate Jarvik Birch
Entangled Teen, April 2018
ISBN 978-1-63375-913-8
Hardcover

From the publisher—

Ella isn’t anyone’s pet anymore, but she’s certainly not free.

After exposing the dark secrets about NuPet’s breeding program, forcing them to repeal the law that allowed genetically modified girls to be kept as pets, she thought girls like her would finally be free. She never dreamed that it would backfire. NuPet may have convinced the public of their intentions to assimilate pets back into society, but Ella knows it’s a lie.

They aren’t planning mass rehabilitation…they’re planning a mass extermination.

Now, with the help of a small group of rebels, Ella and Penn, the boy she’d give up her life for, set out to bring down NuPet for good. But when her group gets implicated in a string of bombings, no one is safe. If she can’t untangle the web of blackmail and lies that extends far beyond NuPet’s reach, she won’t just lose her chance at freedom, she’ll lose everyone she loves.

The author of the Perfected trilogy, Kate Jarvik Birch, created a world and story in which girls are raised to be pets, a glorified form of slavery, and I was enthralled by the first two books, especially with the innovative ideas Ms. Birch had. This third and final entry is just as creative and I was fascinated with the twist on our own animal rights activists’ dramatic, sometimes deadly, attacks on the facilities where animals are held. In those circumstances, the animals are often freed in order to save them from experimentation and imprisonment; in Unraveled, it’s the “animals”, the genetically modified girls, who are determined to stop the travesty.

In the US in current times, there is a lot of discussion about the members of congress and whether they are competent, decent, judicious people with good intentions but they don’t hold a candle to the one in this story, the man who owned Ella and father to Penn, the young man Ella loves. Many young adult stories overdo it with the romance, in my opinion, but this love story that has developed over three books is natural and organic, the way it should be.

Ella and Penn, especially Ella, have been fighting for the rights of the pet girls but now face a new betrayal, one that forces them to lead a small group in rebellion. Ella has grown, mentally and emotionally, by leaps and bounds since her time as a pet and has become something of a heroine, always with justice as her goal. Tension rides high on nearly every page in this tale and I think this was a fitting end to a terrific series.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, April 2018.

************


Purchase Links:

Barnes & Noble // Kobo // Amazon
Indiebound // Entangled Publishing

************

************

An Excerpt from Unraveled

No one glanced up at us as we left. We were inconsequential, just two kids leaving a pizza place. And that’s exactly what we felt like—kids. Powerless. Weak. Alone.

The bell on the door jingled lightly once more, and we stepped back out into the night. Once again, the sound of jazz music drifted out of the bar next door. I paused, listening to the soulful cry of the saxophone. For a moment, I closed my eyes, focusing on the full, round tone.

And then, just as the last note of the song died away, the bomb went off.

One single note rang in my ears.

High pitched.

Whining.

The saxophone… It had just been playing, wasn’t it? I could remember the low, sweet crooning, but that wasn’t what this sound was.

I shook my head and tried to bring a hand up to my eyes, but something held it clamped down at my side. I tried to wiggle free, but there was something pressing my back, too, making it hard to breathe.

I coughed. My mouth was dry, thick with dust and the taste of metal.

“Penn,” I croaked. “Penn?”

I blinked, trying to turn my head.

In front of me the ground spread out like a battle field.

Red and blue lights blinked behind a cloud of dust. Dark forms moved left and right, up and down. Long limbs waved to one another.

My cheek pressed against something rough.

“Penn!”

“Here’s one,” someone said. They sounded far away, a voice inside a bubble floating somewhere high above my head.

The weight on my back lifted, and a hand slipped beneath me, lifting me from the ground. I choked in a deep gulp of air and balanced on my wobbly legs. Even with the world tipped vertically once more, I couldn’t make sense of it.

“Ella!”

I turned.

The dark outline of Penn stumbled toward me.

Behind him, the building crumbled in on itself. Brick and cement.Wire and steel.Here and there a tipped table, a smashed chair. Broken glass littered the ground, glittering with the orange light of flames that glowed inside the hole where a door had just been. A door. A door. The door that had just jingled shut behind me.

************

About the Author

Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals, including: Indiana Review and Saint Ann’s Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids.

Find Kate at:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram

************

Giveaway
Signed copy of Unraveled

Enter here.

************

Book Review: Revolutions by Carissa Andrews

************

Title: Revolutions
Series: Pendomus Chronicles Book 3
Author: Carissa Andrews
Publication date: November 21, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult

************


Purchase Links:

         

    

************

Revolutions
Pendomus Chronicles Book Three
Carissa Andrews
Carissa Andrews, November 2017
ISBN 978-0991055845
Trade Paperback

From the author—

As the timelines of Pendomus fray, one girl born with power has the ability to set things right….

Forcing her way into Videus’ vassalage may be the last thing Runa will ever do, but she knows she has to try. Not only are there others like her—others with powers—but they’re directly tied to her by blood. With Trae’s mental stability in question, and Kani missing, Runa can only rely on herself and the aid of her brother to fulfill her destiny. If she can embrace her role as the Daughter of Five, hopefully she can set things right and free Trae from whatever madness is taking over his mind.

There’s more than meets the eye to Videus’ obsession with Runa and her bloodlines. The only problem is, unraveling the mystery could unleash catastrophe on everything she holds dear, if she’s not careful. Can Runa stop Videus once and for all—or will the fate of Pendomus be locked forever by one man’s madness?

Step into Pendomus – a world that meshes mystery, magical creatures, and destiny with science fiction and technology.

You’re one click away from having all the answers to the Pendomus Chronicles secrets.

Sometimes, a series (or, as in this case, a trilogy) leaves me thinking that there’s been a lot of filler and there could have been fewer books. I don’t feel that way about the Pendomus Chronicles; instead, I think each succeeding book has built on the preceding as it should until the third and final episode is clearly where the author was heading all along.

Revolutions is full of adventure and excitement, just the way a book with such a title should be. We’ve had a really good journey through the first two books, getting to know the characters and the very uncomfortable world they live in, and now we learn who Runa was meant to be all along and how important she and her band of young companions are to each other and to the future of their world.

In the meantime, Trae has to deal with his personal demons and that in itself is a distraction for Runa. In a shattering yet very satisfying ending filled with the past, the present and the future, it finally all comes together in a breakneck race through the timeline, leading us to, well, I won’t give anything away but, suffice it to say, I’m a happy reader 😉

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, November 2017.

About the Author

“An author emerges from the depths of Minnesotan waters. Sci-fi/Fantasy is my pen of choice.”

Carissa Andrews is a Minnesota-based genre bending author who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia. When not writing her own books, she’s busy reading them.

Her first novel, Pendomus, was the first of a three-part series and was published in 2013. Now, four years later, Polarities (Book 2) of the Pendomus Chronicles, and Revolutions (Book 3) have recently been released.

For more information on their release, visit Carissa Andrews’ author website: www.carissaandrews.com and sign up for her newsletter notifications.

Carissa is also a freelance graphic designer, writer and content creator, social media manager, and marketing professional. She writes consistently on topics of science, technology, art, writing, photography, graphic design, health, self improvement, and more. Her articles can be found published across the interwebs. Carissa is also a Top Rated Freelancer on Upwork, and can be contacted for freelancing opportunities: https://www.upwork.com/o/profiles/users/_~011fb5962824326eaa/

Other author links:

Twitter // Facebook // Instagram // Pinterest
Google // YouTube // BookBub // Goodreads

************

Follow the tour:

11/22 – Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile – Review
11/23 – Escaping Reality with Books – Review
11/25 – Carissa’s Website – Exclusive Look at Revolutions
11/27 – Buried Under Books – Review

Book Review: Revolution by Jessica Frances

Revolution Jesssica FrancesRevolution
Jessica Frances
Jessica Frances, January 2016
Ebook
Also available in trade paperback

From the author—

I was raised in a world where humans no longer rule.

In the past, we made a terrible mistake by creating a new species we thought would serve us as our army, which led to our downfall.

There was a war, we lost, and many lives were massacred. It was the end of life as we knew it and the beginning of a hell we were now trapped in. We became enslaved to what we now called Superiors, becoming pets to them, simply there to entertain.

In a world so miserable, I managed to do the unthinkable: I fell in love. But even that was doomed, because to love a Superior was forbidden.

What the rest of the Superiors didn’t know was how deeply a human could love or how resilient we became when we were hurt.

The Superiors never could have imagined an uprising, which was why they never saw it coming.

Humans deserved to be free, and I would stop at nothing to deliver that promise.

My name is Tilly, and I am still alive with one sole purpose: to begin a revolution.

~

I had been raised to believe humans were worthless. We owned them and controlled them, and when we were done with them, we threw them away. Therefore, I never thought I would ever feel more for Tilly than disinterest. I never expected to want to save her.

It was forbidden for a Superior to love a human. No one had ever crossed that line, but I did. I fell madly in love with her, so it was no surprise how we ended up.

I was raised to be a soldier, and that was what I was always going to be. However, I was not a soldier for the Superiors, not anymore.

I became a soldier for humans, and I would stop at nothing to help them. They deserved to be free, and I would die protecting them.

My name is Johnny, and I am here with one sole purpose: to finish a revolution.

Ever since man first came up with the idea of developing a sentient artificial intelligence, we’ve been both fascinated and fearful. The benefits of such a creation are obvious but the downside is murky with consequences, not least of which is the possibility that these AI creations could become more powerful than humans and essentially take our place. Such is the world of Revolution and while the Superiors are not AI, the concept and the dangers are the same.

This is also a tale of the continual fight for human rights although in a setting far different from any of those similar battles being fought around our world today, yesterday and, no doubt, tomorrow.

Tilly and Charlotte, as pet/slave and mistress, have a unique relationship, caring for each other very much. When Tilly’s life in the family is reaching its end, Charlotte is the one who steps forward in defiance of her father, General Joseph Knight, to give Tilly a chance at a new existence. The two girls have a bond that shouldn’t be and it can’t be broken.

While Joseph is as cruel and abusive as any Superior can be, his son, Johnny, sees things…and Tilly…from a different perspective and the two find themselves with feelings for each other that simply must not be. Together, they’ll not only seek a path to happiness but also a way to change the future.

Ms. Frances is a new author to me and I’m happy to have “found” her. She has a way with words that drew me in and kept me riveted from the opening lines until the very end and her characterizations are vivid and compelling. Each of these people has strengths and weaknesses that make them stand out and I won’t soon forget them. The other thing the author did that I greatly appreciated was to create a story that is dark and yet ends with hope.

Revolution is a standalone so there’s no need to wait for the next book in a series and I’m grateful for that. I enjoy series but, every now and then, it’s nice to have a self-contained story. Ms. Frances has a nice backlist so I’ll have plenty of choices before her next book comes out.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, May 2016.

Book Review: Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

Meritropolis Tour Banner

************

Title: Meritropolis
Series: Meritropolis #1
Author: Joel Ohman
Publication Date: September 8, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult

************

Goodreads

Purchase Links:

Barnes & Noble Buy Button     Amazon Buy Button     Indiebound Button 2

************

MeritropolisMeritropolis
Meritropolis #1
Joel Ohman
CreateSpace, September 2014
ISBN 978-1-5001-8960-0
Trade Paperback

From the author—

In Meritropolis everyone is assigned a numerical Score that decides their worth to society and whether they live or die. After a young boy is killed because of a low Score, his brother plots to take down the System.

The year is AE3, 3 years after the Event. Within the walls of Meritropolis, 50,000 inhabitants live in fear, ruled by the brutal System that assigns each citizen a merit score that dictates whether they live or die. Those with the highest scores thrive, while those with the lowest are subject to the most unforgiving punishment–to be thrust outside the city gates, thrown to the terrifying hybrid creatures that exist beyond.

But for one High Score, conforming to the System just isn’t an option. Seventeen-year-old Charley has a brother to avenge. And nothing–not even a totalitarian military or dangerous science–is going to stop him.

Where humankind has pushed nature and morals to the extreme, Charley is amongst the chosen few tasked with exploring the boundaries, forcing him to look deep into his very being to discern right from wrong. But as he and his friends learn more about the frightening forces that threaten destruction both without and within the gates, Meritropolis reveals complexities they couldn’t possibly have bargained for…

Meritropolis starts off well with our introduction to an angry Charley and, within just a few pages, we come to clearly understand why he harbors so much ill will towards the powers-that-be in his society in which survival of the fitest has new meaning. Shortly after, we meet Elena, a young woman who knows what’s about to happen and is devastated by it, aware she can do absolutely nothing to keep the promise she made to her parents, so she does what’s next best, making her sister’s final day last as long as possible. To the citizens of Meritropolis, it’s all about the score, the measure of one’s worth.

“This is our first time to watch someone being put out of the gates, and it’s a little girl. We know what happens to her, but what happens to us? What happens to us if we just watch?”

And then a crime lord named Chappy comes on the scene and shares a few harsh truths with Charley. Not long after, Charley will have a life-changing encounter with the scared but brave little Bree, one that is about to bring him a future he certainly didn’t plan for.

Dystopian stories can be much of the same in the wrong hands but Mr. Ohman did two things that I think give this one a lift. First is his choice to have the focus be on a young man when so many of these novels have young women stars. The other is in having the usual terrible thing that the society does be so immediate and without hope. So often, there’s a bit of a gray area that allows the heroes and heroines to intervene in some way but, in this city, the decisions are carried out very quickly and with no pushback from the people.

This is not the perfect story, by any means, with too many coincidences and Charley’s supposed intelligence doesn’t seem to help him out as much as you might expect plus we don’t learn enough about day-to-day life in Meritropolis, but it’s emotional and thought-provoking with characters I came to appreciate in different ways. Altogether, it works and the ending is full of questions and surprises leading, of course to the second book, Meritorium, which is already available. I’ll be picking it up as soon as I can.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, March 2016.

About the Author

Joel OhmanJoel Ohman is the author of the Meritropolis series –“The Hunger Games meets The Village with a young Jack Reacher as a protagonist”. He lives in Tampa, FL with his wife Angela and their three kids. His writing companion is Caesar, a slightly overweight Bull Mastiff who loves to eat the tops off of strawberries.

Learn more about Joel: JoelOhman.com
Get notified of new books here: Meritropolis.com
Follow Joel on Twitter: Twitter.com/JoelOhman
Connect with Joel on Facebook: Facebook.com/joeljonathan

************

Follow the tour here.

************

Xpresso Book Tours Button 2

Book Review: Marked by Laura Williams McCaffrey

Marked Tour Banner

************

Title: Marked
Author: Laura Williams McCaffrey
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult

************

Goodreads

Purchase Links:

Barnes & Noble Buy Button     Kobo Buy Button     Amazon Buy Button

Indiebound Button 2     Book Depository Buy Button

************

MarkedMarked
Laura Williams McCaffrey
Clarion Books, February 2016
ISBN 978-0-547-23556-1
Hardcover

From the publisher—

Sixteen-year-old Lyla lives in a bleak, controlling society where only the brightest and most favored students succeed. When she is caught buying cheats in an underground shadow market, she is tattooed—marked—as a criminal. Then she is offered redemption and she jumps at the chance . . . but it comes at a cost. Doing what is right means betraying the boy she has come to love, and, perhaps, losing even more than she thought possible. Graphic novel–style vignettes revealing the history of this world provide Lyla with guidance and clues to a possible way out of the double bind she finds herself in.

Marked has been the cause of me losing a bit of sleep and the reason is simple—I can’t quite figure out whether I like it or not. Actually, there are aspects of it that I do like but some that I really don’t and what I can’t figure out is where the balance lies between the two sides.

On the plus side, I’m intrigued first by the idea that, in this dystopian society, someone from the lower class can better herself simply through education. That in itself elevates the story above all the dystopians that rely on fighting and manipulation to improve status and the fact that Lyla blows her chance doesn’t take away from the premise that the value of education is recognized, even though in limited form.

Thanks be, we have an intact, loving family, not a teenager trying to survive on her own. Families in dystopian novels are few and far between so I truly am grateful to the author for this.

I also like the notion of Lyla becoming a C.I., a confidential informant. Call her a spy or what have you, she’s a C.I. and I think she’s a good representation of what such a person has to deal with. Yes, she’s a snitch and her reason for doing it is totally selfish; that makes her highly suspect but we also get to see her begin to understand what’s really at stake if she carries out her assignment.

I can’t say I had a good understanding about whether the rebellion is entirely a positive thing because there seem to be some gray areas. That probably is the way of most real struggles between ideologies and I appreciate the author’s adding that confusion to the mix but I think a little more certainty might have been helpful.

The biggest weakness, to my way of thinking, is the almost complete lack of worldbuilding. I want to know how we got here, why the people in power do the things they do, what caused the severe schism between the classes, what changes the rebellion might bring about, and so much more, but none of that is in this story.

Finally, Ms. McCaffrey includes pages of what we think of as graphic novels that sort of correlate to Lyla’s own existence. That’s an interesting approach and is most likely quite effective in a print edition of the book but it didn’t work so well on my Nook because the artwork isn’t there. It shows up in versions I look at on my computer but I read on my Nook. Whatever is going on, I didn’t have the benefit of the artwork, only the words, so I can’t really say how much it adds to the story.

Bottomline, I do like Marked despite its few failings and will be interested to see if Ms. McCaffrey will follow up with a sequel. I’d like to know more about Lyla and her world.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, February 2016.

************

Sneak peek — the first episode of Threatened Alchemyks,
the serialized story Lyla reads in Marked.

Illustrations by Sally Cantirino

 

Laura Williams McCaffrey Graphic Novel Page

************

About the Author

Laura Williams McCaffreyI read, I write, I teach. I’ve published short stories in Cicada, YA Review Network, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Soundings Review. Clarion Books will release Marked, my YA dystopian fantasy, in February 2016. My other fantasy novels are Water Shaper and Alia Waking (both published by Clarion Books). For more information, it’s best to visit my website: http://www.laurawilliamsmccaffrey.com

Author Links:

Website: http://www.laurawilliamsmccaffrey.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/169493.Laura_Williams_McCaffrey

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraWMcCaffrey

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lwmccaffrey

Tumblr: http://laurawmccaffrey.tumblr.com/

************

Follow the tour here.

************

Laura Williams McCaffrey Giveaway Banner

************

FFBC Badge 2

Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness and A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher

The Rest of Us Just Live HereThe Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
HarperTeen, October 2015
ISBN: 978-0-06-240316-2
Hardcover

Surviving high school is a challenge even when you’re normal and as well adjusted as a teen can be, but what happens when you feel like you’re the least important in your circle of friends? What about when your mom is an elected official running for national office, your dad is an alcoholic afterthought and you have poorly controlled OCD? Dealing with all that might be overwhelming, you think, but what if the situation was a lot crazier and scarier than even that? Suppose your town and your school are ground zero for a cosmic battle, a repeat of one that wiped out the high school less than ten years ago? Now imagine that your best friend has powers beyond anything you could explain to a stranger and is worshiped by mountain lions. Add in the possibility that the ‘indie’ kids at school are supposed to save mankind and you have quite the situation.

This is what high school senior Mickey faces. He’s in serious like with biracial friend Henna, scared that his sister Mel, who almost died (she did briefly, but was brought back to life) from an eating disorder, will relapse and he’s distressed by the flare-up of his OCD. At the same time, he’s convinced that everyone tolerates him because, as he puts it, “I’m the least.”

As the craziness surrounding the possibility that zombies, ghosts and creatures affected by the ubiquitous blue lights may be about to defeat the ‘indie’ kids, teen readers will find the challenges Mickey, his sister Mel, Henna and best friend Jared are dealing with as graduation approaches are ones they can easily relate to. And the second layer of supernatural happenings is a nice counterpart to the sort of angst each of the main characters face as they begin to realize just how much life will change soon, no matter what else happens. This is a fun, quirky and emotional story about growing up and the insanity that accompanies that experience.

Reviewed by John R. Clark, MLIS, October 2015.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A Little in LoveA Little in Love
Eponine’s Story from Les Misérables
Susan Fletcher
Chicken House, September 2015
ISBN: 978-0-545-82960-1
Trade Paperback

How do you think your life might turn out if you were born in a field, your father gambled away every cent and as a result, you were raised to hate and steal? Meet Eponine, one of the characters in Les Misérables. This is her story from the time she’s born to the day she’s lying in her own blood at age seventeen after a final selfless act. You know how the story ends because it’s in the first sentence in the book, an entry from June 5th, 1832.

When the book begins, Eponine is looking back to what her mother told her about when she was born. Her father was away at the battle of Waterloo, but spent more time robbing his fellow soldiers as they were dying than fighting. She describes him thusly: “His eyes were quick like a rat’s—quick and cunning and black”. He came home rich and bought an inn that was in terrible shape. He lied about the inn, about the war and pretty much everything.

No matter how successful the inn was, he found a way to make money, food and clothing disappear, so when Eponine and her younger sister Azelma became old enough, they were trained to steal from drunken patrons and then from the townspeople.

When she’s four, a woman appears at the inn with her daughter Cosette and offers to pay for the family to care for her because the mom can’t work and take care of Cosette at the same time. Instead, the girl is treated like a slave, starved, verbally and physically abused, as well as forced to do the most demeaning chores, sometimes multiple times. While Eponine feels uncomfortable treating the new girl abusively, she has little choice.

Eight years later, a man appears and ransoms Colette for 1500 francs, informing the family that her mother had died and asked him to find and care for her daughter. Of course, Eponine’s father gambles the money away and in desperation to keep the inn, commits a terrible crime. The family, which now includes a younger brother aged six and unwanted by the parents, flees for Paris under cover of darkness. The journey is arduous and leaves everyone hardened and on the edge of starvation. When her little brother is abandoned as the family boards a barely functional rowboat, Eponine’s heart shrinks painfully.

It’s this event that starts her looking inward and wondering whether there might be a better way to live than one of constant theft and cruelty. In Paris, the family live with a gang of thieves until they steal enough to get their own place. Eponine meets Marius, a young man who rents the room next to theirs. It is this meeting that really turns her heart around and even though she doesn’t stop doing bad things right away, she is able to figure out what she needs to do to have a sense of worth and purpose. How she gets to that point is sad, but understandable.

I have not read Les Misérables nor have I seen the movie. That didn’t stop me from enjoying this book and I doubt it will diminish the level of satisfaction when teens, particularly those who like stories of tough times or historical tales, read the book.

Reviewed by John R. Clark, MLIS, October 2015.

Book Review: The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee

************

Title: The Unhappening of Genesis Lee
Author: Shallee McArthur
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: November 18th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

************

Goodreads

Purchase Links:

Barnes & Noble Buy Button        Kobo Buy Button        Amazon Buy Button

        Book Depository Buy Button

************

The Unhappening of Genesis LeeThe Unhappening of Genesis Lee
Shallee McArthur
Sky Pony Press, November 2014
ISBN 9781629146478
Hardcover

From the publisher—

Seventeen-year-old Genesis Lee has never forgotten anything. As one of the Mementi—a small group of genetically-enhanced humans—Gena remembers everything with the help of her Link bracelets, which preserve memories perfectly. But Links can be stolen, and six people have already lost their lives to a memory thief, including Gena’s best friend.

Anyone could be next. Which is why Gena is less than pleased to meet a strange but charming boy named Kalan who claims that they’ve not only met, but that Gena knows who the thief is.

The problem is, Gena doesn’t remember Kalan, she doesn’t remember seeing the thief, and she doesn’t know why she’s forgetting things— or how much else she might forget. As growing tensions between Mementi and ordinary humans drive the city of Havendale into chaos, Gena and Kalan team up to search for the thief. And as Gena loses more memories, they realize they have to solve the mystery fast.

Because Gena’s life is unhappening around her.

Two things resonated with me during and after reading The Unhappening of Genesis Lee. One is the awful sense of deprivation that must come when you can’t ever be touched or touch anyone else. Gena has grown up in this society where memories are vulnerable to outside damage and destruction but the reader still gets glimpses of how she yearns for the touch of her mother, her best friend, the boy who comes into her life.

The other is an understanding of what it must be like to be a victim of amnesia or early onset Alzheimer’s, when you’re aware that you’re losing your memories. With amnesia, there’s nearly always hope that those memories will be recovered but Alzheimer’s patients have no such chance and that’s unutterably sad. For Gena, something even worse will affect her regarding memories and she soon finds herself in the midst of a fight against a deadly project.

Kalan is one of the more appealing love interests I’ve come across, mainly because, while he obviously cares about Gena, he gives her the space she needs to become accustomed to this human after years of avoiding them. And thank heavens there is no tiresome triangle!

Ms. McArthur is a talented writer and came up with a truly imaginative story. I’ll look forward to reading much more of her work.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, November 2014.

About the Author

Shallee McArthurShallee McArthur originally wanted to be a scientist, until she discovered she liked her science best in fictional form. When she’s not writing young adult science fiction and fantasy, she’s attempting to raise her son and daughter as proper geeks. A little part of her heart is devoted to Africa after volunteering twice in Ghana. She has a degree in English from Brigham Young University and lives in Utah with her husband and two children.

She is represented by Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates. Her YA sci fi novel, THE UNHAPPENING OF GENESIS LEE, debuts from Sky Pony Press Nov. 4, 2014.

And because people always ask, her name is pronounced “shuh-LEE.” But she answers to anything that sounds remotely close.

Author Links:

Website  //  Facebook  //  Twitter  //  Goodreads  // 

Pinterest  //  Tumblr  //  Instagram  //  YouTube

************

Follow the tour here.

************

Giveaway

Giveaway is open to US/CAN Only | Must be 13 or older to enter 
 
There’s an Scavenger Hunt for extra points in the rafflecopter! All you
have to do is go to the tour schedule and search for
those blogs hosting a QUOTE CARD.
 
In the quote teasers/cards you’ll find a word in yellow and that’s
the secret word you have to enter in the rafflecopter.
 

************

FFBC Badge 2