After reading Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, and being introduced to the Mayfair Witches, I couldn't help but read their story. I didn't enjoy it nea...moreAfter reading Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, and being introduced to the Mayfair Witches, I couldn't help but read their story. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I thought I would, but did enjoy it. I loved learning the history of the family, and of Lasher. I still need to learn a little more, so I will be reading the next two books in the series very soon, Lasher and Taltos.(less)
The world has changed a great deal over the years, and now it is the year 2041. Molly McClure lives in Canada, with her family. They spend a lot of their time farming, and Molly also enjoys playing the fiddle. All is going well until they come to the realization that Molly's grandfather in the United States might be in terrible trouble. Sixteen-year old Molly is elected to go on a dangerous adventure through a country destroyed by economic collapse. One with massive oil shortages, rampant crime and abandoned cities. Molly is scared, but she is determined to make things right.
When Molly first arrives in Portland, she finds her grandparents alive. They are far too skinny due to lack of food, and while they used to be rich, they now don't have a dime to their name. Now her mission has become far more dangerous, because now she must rescue the both of them, and return to Canada.
Molly spends her time in the states trying to come up with the money to travel back to Canada, since her grandparents don't have the money she thought they would. It's hard at first, but Molly slowly learns a few tricks to keep both food in their stomachs and money in their pockets. She also has the help of a mysterious stranger, who calls himself Spill. Molly doesn't know whether she can really trust him or not, but she has little choice.
When Molly sees the local muscle roughing someone up though, she's told she can't leave Portland, because of what she has seen. With the help of Spill, they have to think of a plan to rid themselves of the crime bosses. Molly will do whatever it takes to get back to Canada.
I felt like this story was a little slow moving. Despite how Molly always found things to do, I felt like the story wasn't moving very quickly, and at times I got a little bored. I enjoyed Molly's character, because despite her reluctance to be away from her family and traveling to unknown territory, she was rather brave about it. I'm not sure if I would be able to do something like that at the age of 16, it would be far too frightening.
I enjoyed most of the characters in this book, but I'd have to say that Spill was my favorite out of everyone. I didn't trust him through the whole book, but he was a mystery to me that needed to be solved. Whenever he wasn't around I found myself wondering when he would return, and when he did I was always so excited. I'm most certain that Molly felt the same way, because despite her uneasiness towards him she was determined to learn his story.
My least favorite character of the book was probably Doug. I've read a few reviews for this title, and realized a lot of people liked him, and I couldn't understand why. He wasn't the smartest character, and he always worried more about himself than anyone else, despite his true reasons he was supposed to be there. I looked forward to the moments when he was absent, and groaned on every one of his returns.
This is the first time I've read a dystopian fiction, but despite how slow I felt it was I still really enjoyed it. I felt like the world around Molly and her family was very realistic. Everything can change at the drop of a hat, and it wouldn't surprise me if our world looked like Molly's some day. I dread the day it arrives, but unfortunately we won't have any say in the matter. I think Joelle Anthony described this 'new' world perfectly. While a lot of it was familiar, it was all different, and it actually scared me a little bit because it's exactly the way I would imagine it to be if there truly was such a collapse in economy.
This book inspired me, and I actually had a huge discussion with my fiance about the coming year of 2012. While a lot of people think that it will be the end of the world. I personally believe, that it's just going to be the end of the world as we know it today. Everything will change dramatically, and reading this book only made me think that what was between the pages might be what we look forward to sooner than we think. This book makes me want to read more dystopian fiction now, because I see it becoming one of my favorite genres.(less)
Cheyenne Wilder is lying in the back of her step-mother's SUV, awaiting her return from the inside of their local pharmacy. Her step-mother, Danielle,...moreCheyenne Wilder is lying in the back of her step-mother's SUV, awaiting her return from the inside of their local pharmacy. Her step-mother, Danielle, didn't want to leave Cheyenne alone in the car, but she insisted, as long as she leave the keys just in case she needed to turn on the heat. It's not long before the door of the SUV is opened, and quickly slammed shut. This is the first thing that alerts Cheyenne to the odd behavior, as her step-mother has only just left to fill her prescription. The next, is the smell, that is quite obviously not her step-mother's perfume. While her ears and nose have done the job of telling her something is seriously wrong, her eyes have no way of confirming it, because she is blind.
Griffin hadn't meant to kidnap Cheyenne. He just seen a really nice Escalade parked, with the keys in the ignition. Who could be so dumb as to leave such an expensive car unattended? He doesn't think about the consequences of stealing such a prized possession, he just hops in the drivers seat and peels out of the parking lot. It's not long before he discovers he has made a huge mistake. Cheyenne has revealed herself, and now he has no idea what to do. He can't just let her go, because she'd just get him caught for stealing. The only logical thing he can think to do, is take both the new ride, and the girl, back to his father for further instruction.
Upon meeting Cheyenne in this novel, I felt complete sympathy. I had no idea how a blind girl would survive being kidnapped and held for ransom. How would she defend herself if they felt the need to hurt her if she couldn't see them coming? I was scared for her, and just wanted to pull her from such a horrible situation. Despite Cheyenne's handicap, she clearly is a brave character. She doesn't let her blindness interfere with her life, although it does make it more difficult. Now she depends on her other senses in order to help her.
Griffin's character wasn't what I was expecting, at all. The only obvious thing I could figure out was that he was from a troubled home, and I soon learned why. His father wasn't the most legit person to associate yourself with. He'd do pretty much anything to make a buck, including introducing a life of crime to his son. It's no surprise that when Griffin is given an opportunity to impress his father, he takes it. His mother is gone, and now his father is all he has, so why not make him proud? I couldn't blame him for following through with the things his father expected of him, because it was all he knew. I liked learning the history of Griffin's life, and hoped for a chance for him to come out clean in the end.
Each chapter in this book was narrated in turn by Cheyenne and Griffin. They revealed their feelings, as well as their secrets. I liked that it was narrated by both the victim and the kidnapper, because it gave you a better feel of the novel. Despite it's change in narration, it never gave away what would happen at the end. I was surprised by the quick turn of events toward the end of the book, and caught myself before I shouted. It did however leave me a little stumped on the very last page, because it leaves one question unanswered, but I think you should read it to find out what.
In a novel where the main character is blind, April Henry will help you see. It's new, original, and completely fresh. It was nothing like I've ever read before, and I'm not sure if anything can compare. It was different to see through the eyes of someone who was blind, while still seeing everything so vividly. Cheyenne goes through life using her nose, ears, and hands to guide her, and Henry was able to give great descriptions of each of her experiences.(less)