by Shannon Hale
Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Romance, Thriller
Basic Content Information: We follow two main teen characters with a supporting cast of adults (from trustworthy, to uncertain to purely evil) into a futuristic world that does not seem too different from our own except that some scientific discoveries and advancements have led the humans to encounter alien materials and finally aliens themselves. The story is narrated from Maisie’s (mixed-race White/Latina) first person point of view, mostly in past tense. Maisie is the brain and eventually also the brawn behind most of the operations and actions. Her off and on, slightly torturous romance with Wilder (Jonathan) is what I came to expect from a Shannon Hale novel – whether Fantasy, Graphic Novel, or now, a SciFi. The book is divided into 3 parts and could have easily been expanded and milked into a trilogy – but we got the whole story in one shot instead.
Edition: Paper Galley
Pub Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury, USA
(I’m only recording the bare bone facts about the Young Adult Fiction titles I read in 2014 — Serving on the Best Fiction for Young Adults committee means that I need to be quite cautious in expressing opinions on social media. The safest way is to not express specific reactions publicly. But I’d like to keep reporting the titles I encounter throughout the year. You can always follow the link to Goodreads to see other readers’ reviews.)
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