Oh, I loved this book. I stayed up way too late with this book, because I couldn’t bear to stop reading it.
The story unfolds in two locations, with twOh, I loved this book. I stayed up way too late with this book, because I couldn’t bear to stop reading it.
The story unfolds in two locations, with two casts of characters reacting to the same inexplicable catastrophe. A plane crash lands near the Ohio River, and the survivors emerge to find that their world has changed beyond recognition. Meanwhile, a gathering of families at a small-town Kentucky school find themselves the only apparent survivors of an unknown event that has turned their 21st-century surroundings into untamed wilderness.
This is my favorite kind of science fiction – not the hard science, bogged-down-in-technical details kind of science fiction, but the social drama variety: Something catastrophic has happened; what do we do now? The drama unfolds with a beautifully drawn cast of characters, each of them complex, and representative of the diversity of our world. There’s Maria Espinoza, the Catholic school student who must fight to keep her fellow plane crash survivors alive in strange and difficult circumstances; and Josh Davis, an autistic teen long plagued by intrusive voices who finds himself free of them in this new world. This is a coming of age story, and a quest novel, as the two groups of survivors seek to find each other, and to make sense of this new world and their places within it.
Gracefully written and perfectly paced, this book has so much to recommend it. I can’t wait to re-read it. ...more
I loved Erica Allaire's novella, Eyes in the Twilight, set in a Steampunk Victorian/alternate Boston, and was so excited to read her full length novelI loved Erica Allaire's novella, Eyes in the Twilight, set in a Steampunk Victorian/alternate Boston, and was so excited to read her full length novel set in the same world. Wow, it did not disappoint. I love the main character, Grace. The illegitimate, biracial daughter of an English duke, she is not your typical Victorian heroine -- smart, strong, appealing, centered, and...hopeful. Add in an irresistible love interest and a high stakes plot, full of intrigue and atmospheric action (not to mention mechanical spiders!) and you get a marvelous romp through a beautifully imagined alternate 19th century New England. One more thing I have to point out: I expect romance novels to get the main relationship right - the chemistry and growing connection between the two lovers. You will find that here in spades. But it is rarer to see the main character's other relationships so finely drawn. The rapport between Grace and her cousin Queen Charlotte gives rise to some of the wittiest, richest dialogue I've ever encountered in a romance novel. ...more
These stories are weird and oddly wonderful -- a circus parade of monsters and gods and inanimate objects, animals, sad sacks, fools. They're hilariouThese stories are weird and oddly wonderful -- a circus parade of monsters and gods and inanimate objects, animals, sad sacks, fools. They're hilarious, tiny, and absurd, and in an extremely unlikely way, they're so, so true. Boy meets girl? The heroism! The bravery! The utter impossibility of it all....more