Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry takes on dangerous assignments in a broken and flooded city. Her co-workers don’t know that she has another jo My Thoughts
Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry takes on dangerous assignments in a broken and flooded city. Her co-workers don’t know that she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife. Once humans are “Marked” by the Kere, servants of Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls to Heaven or Hell.
Cacy's new partner, Eli Margolis, is intensely attracted to Cacy, but distrustful of her rich and powerful family. When Cacy's father is suddenly taken -- perhaps before his time -- Cacy is faced with the possibility that someone is subverting Fate and making a power play to usurp the powers of the Ferrys. And, it appears that Eli's sister, Galena, is the focus of the power struggle. Galena's biomedical research offers hope of new vaccines against the plagues devastating the city, but fewer deaths mean less income to the Kere who Mark the doomed and the Ferrys who transport their souls to their final destination.
I enjoyed this book except for the explicit sex scenes. The plot is interesting and the characters are appealing. But I'm just not fond of such steamy scenes. I think the book could be just as good (if not better) if it was toned down a bit....more
Over and over again, I kept seeing posts on Facebook about a new and outstanding trilogy. When I saw that the first book was on sale for 99My Thoughts
Over and over again, I kept seeing posts on Facebook about a new and outstanding trilogy. When I saw that the first book was on sale for 99 cents, I decided to give it a try. I'm rather glad that I did.
The Park Service offers an interesting look at a dystopian future. Fifteen-year-old Aubrey VanHouten is living in an underground bunker -- the home of mankind after a devastating war made the surface of the earth uninhabitable. Or so everyone thinks. When Aubrey accidentally discovers that the surface is actually a pristine paradise, he is surprised to learn that there is a ruling power determined to keep people from bespoiling the planet again, treating the entire planet as a park to be preserved.
As mentioned in the online ads, this is the first book in a trilogy and after reading it, I would very much enjoy reading the rest of the series. Since all of the books in the trilogy are available through the Kindle Lending Library to Amazon Prime members, I might just borrow them rather than purchasing. A solid three stars -- I enjoyed the book. ...more
Shades of Earth is the concluding chapter of the Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis. In the first two books, we meet the two protaMy Thoughts
Shades of Earth is the concluding chapter of the Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis. In the first two books, we meet the two protagonists: Elder, the young leader of the approximately 2,000 ship-born residents of the spaceship Godspeed, and Amy, a teen who was cryogenically frozen to travel in the spaceship. Except for Amy, the frozen passengers are military and scientific specialists who expect to be revived 300 years into their future when Godspeed reaches its destination, an earth-like planet circling the star Centauri.
Amy was violently awakened when someone tried to murder her along with all the other frozen passengers. At first she's told that the ship won't arrive at Centauri-Earth for another 100 years, but later learns that the ship has been in orbit around the planet for many, many years. The spaceship is aging and conditions are deteriorating, but with the planet inhabited by monsters, the decision had been made to stay aboard the ship rather than attempt a landing. Finally, at the end of book two, Elder and Amy lead majority of the ship-born down to the planet, carrying the frozen with them.
Shades of Earth begins immediate after the events of A Million Suns, with the landing of a shuttle from Godspeed and the beginnings of a colony. Elder revives the frozen, which looks like it might be a mistake when they immediately arm themselves and start issuing orders to everyone else. Amy's father is the senior military official and while she is thrilled to have her parents back, he's not willing to listen to her or Elder -- leading to major problems between the ship-born and the frozen. Yes, as the previous book told us, there are monsters on the planet. Everyone needs to work together to survive, but cooperation is jeopardized by the attitudes of the formerly frozen group. To say more would totally spoil the book.
After eagerly anticipating the release of this book, I finished it with mixed feelings. I enjoyed the story for the most part, but I was disappointed with the direction that Revis chose to take the story of the landing on Centauri-Earth. I felt that her treatment of the conflict between the frozen and the ship-born was too predictable. Three stars. ...more
In Blanche Among the Talented Tenth, Blanche has moved to Boston from North Carolina. School friends have invited her kids to spend the summer at aIn Blanche Among the Talented Tenth, Blanche has moved to Boston from North Carolina. School friends have invited her kids to spend the summer at a coastal resort in Maine. Blanche joins them there for a couple of weeks, freeing the hosts to take a short "couples" vacation. The resort is a popular location for the rich and elite in the African American community. At the core are the Insiders whose families founded the resort and who own their cabins on the property. Outsiders are transient visitors who stay in the Amber Cove Inn. In addition to this divide, Blanche is confronted with the deep prejudice held by the light-skinned against those with very dark skins.
Just before Blanche arrives, one of the Insiders is killed when her radio falls into her bathtub. The victim was detested by everyone except her husband, and there's a possibility that she was murdered. Blanche joins forces with Mattie to find out exactly what happened and why.
This is the second of the Blanche White mysteries. As I read the first one, I was challenged to think about my attitudes toward persons of color and those who perform essential but menial work. In this second book, the reader is exposed to a form of racism which exists WITHIN the African American community.
Blanche White is a commanding voice. She sees right through to what's important and isn't afraid to call as spade a spade. This frankness is a key part of the appeal of the books in this series.