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Dove Arising

(Dove Chronicles #1)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  1,500 Ratings  ·  272 Reviews
Fans of Ender's Game  and The Maze Runner will love this smart sci-fi debut!

Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She’s barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22, lets her best friend talk for her, and stays off the government’s radar.

Then her mother is arrested.

The only way to sa
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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DNF at 40%

I was so excited and looking forward to reading this book, and was beyond excited when I was approved through the Penguin First to Read program. Ultimately there were a few too many issues for me to enjoy this book.

I really should start re-reading the summary blurbs before starting the book - it might save me a lot of concerns and issues. Instead, I spent the first 15% irritated that the main character, Phaet, hadn't said a single word or responded in any sort of way to anyone that spo
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
2.5 Stars

I am kind of having a hard time figuring out my thoughts about this book. On one hand, it was enjoyable and I liked the characters. On the other hand, there were some flaws and some parts that seemed like they were straight out of Divergent, among other books.

First of all, this book is set on the moon. The moon. That is pretty fantastic in itself. Of course, things on the moon are not all happy and wonderful, because that would be a boring book. But when it starts, Phaet (pronounced lik
Jen Ryland
I'm not the most experienced sci-fi reader, but somehow the idea of a book set on the moon really captured my imagination. While I did find much to like about this book, there were also some things that prevented me from loving it.

For me, Dove Arising started out strong. We see Phaet and her best friend Umbriel working in the greenhouses, where food for her moon colony is genetically engineered. We also see cool futuristic technology -- maybe you joke about your phone being glued to your hand? I
Jun 08, 2014 marked it as to-read-arc-or-galley
Have a preview galley for this book, so I'll write a brief reflection on this soon. I'm also hoping to be able to read the full work on this eventually, whether by galley or for the actual release. *fingers crossed*
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I guess I have an odd soft spot for dystopian books. I think I read only the first sentence of the synopsis and immediately added it to my TBR list! A dystopian society on the moon? Yes please! And this was a good book.

Phaet lives in a Moon colony with her sister, brother, and mom. When her mom is taken into quarantine for having a fever, Phaet and her siblings
I received Dove Arising from the publisher via from First To Read in return for an honest review. Phaet lives on the moon she works in the garden and hopes to one day be a bioengineer. However that is never meant to happen when her mom becomes sick only to end up on trial and Phaet with her younger siblings is sent to shelter. Knowing the only way to take care of her siblings is to join the Militia Phaet signs up being one of the youngest trainees and not only does she succeed in finishing the t ...more
Ravanna Dee
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was a great read. Most books always try to make everything work out. For example, the bad guys lose, and the good guys win...bla... bla...bla...Sometimes I think that books shouldn't always end like a fairy tale. So when an author does something you don't see coming, you get this kind of thrill inside you. Anticipation if you will. And I love when I find a book that does that...Anyway, there was somethings that I think could have been made better, but I still loved this book. I loved h ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: science fiction lovers
I decided to pick up two books I have never heard of and this is one of them. After reading the premise of this book I decided to pick it up. The idea of people living on the moon is not new but it's still fun to read about especially if the government has major issues like in this book. This "moon city" has some issues, there is disease and shelters that are not so nice.
The main character Phaet, pronounced fate, is really tough she would do anything to help her family. Even though she did not
Anna - Boktycke
Actual rating: 3,5 stars.

A little too easy to predict but otherwise good. An impressive debut.

Review in Swedish at Boktycke.
review originally posted on Rather Be Reading:

I may not be a huge science fiction reader but I am a big fan of eclectic reading palettes and debut writers — especially when those debut writers wrote their book secretly during their senior year in high school. It’s so darn impressive!

I felt a strong Mulan vibe from the moment I started Dove Arising. Main character Phaet (“fate”) and Mulan have a lot in common — both are willing to go to great lengths for the ones they love, even if it means putti
Lauren Stoolfire
Actual rating 2.5 rounded up to 3 full stars.

Phaet (pronounced "fate") Theta lives on Moon Base IV and works as a Greenhouse 22 Gardener Assistant. She hasn't spoken much of anything in the nine years since her father died, but she lets her best friend, Umbriel, do most of the talking for her - and like others she stays off the government's radar. Things change after her mother is arrested because the only way for Phaet to keep her younger brother and sister safe is by enlisting in the Militia a
Feb 28, 2014 added it
Shelves: bea2014, dnf
I am DNFing on page 126. I Just can't be bothered to read anymore. It's SO slowly paced and boring. I do not care about these people. I do not care about military training. I do not care about their moon base. Nothing is happening. It's just page after page of exposition and description. I would imagine that something has to happen eventually, but if it hasn't happened by now, I just cannot be bothered.

This is my first DNF of 2015. I was hoping to not have one so soon.
⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
3.5 stars
This was a fast, easy and exciting read. I would say Dove Arising is a typical ya dystopia with some sci-fi elements, so just the kind of book I love! But it wasn't enough for me to really love it, because it wasn't anything new...

While the storyline was exciting and there was a lot of action, it felt like I'd already read the same book countless times. The training scenes in the first half reminded me of Divergent, and the beginning rebellion in the last chapters was...well, like in an
Rachel Patrick
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review (and others) can be seen in all its proper formatting glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.

Hmm...3.5 stars, but closer to 3 stars.

Dove Arising had an element I wish I saw in more books: a space setting. Unfortunately, I never really felt like I was in space; the setting wasn't lush enough. With elements reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies--though not blatantly or in a way that bothered me--this is the tale of a government that's not all it's cracked up to be,
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, fiction, vine
Generic YA post-apocalypse dystopia... in space!

This book follows what is now an overdone and tired framework for YA dystopias. Precocious girl suspiciously devoid of personality, whose best friend is in love with her even though she has no romantic feelings for him, gets screwed over by the system that she doesn't yet question. She 'grows up', in this case by joining, i mean, The Militia, and starts to learn that maybe her life is built on lies.

About the only thing this book does
2.5 stars
This will be a popular book with youth who enjoyed Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner, and others in the genre; mainly because it feels very similar to them in various parts. Young woman sacrifices her future (her life) to save her younger sibling[s] from a horrible fate, she competes against others in a brutal competition of fighting and weapons, then finds out a terrible secret that has been hidden from her and escapes confinement to an outside world and an adventure (to be continue
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Phaet Theta knows only of her life, living in a colony on the Moon. She spends her days cultivating plants in the Greenhouse, as well as spending time with her family and her best friend. All of this changes the day that her Mom is taken away by the Militia. Facing a move to Shelter, where the destitute are forced to live barring any other options, Phaet takes it upon herself to join the training class for Militia. Winning would mean enough money to get her Mom back and allow her family to stay ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
First to Read gave me this wonderful opportunity to read this book for free before it was published. This book is a new twist on your typical futuristic dystopian novel. Unlike the other reviewers, I'm more like Phaet and don't need to write ten pages about the book.

Phaet (sounds like Fate) lives on the moon with her family. Her mother is arrested, she needs to join Militia to make money for her family- her two siblings and her mom. Her brother is a hacker, and her neighbors are practically fami
Sep 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Read the excerpt from NetGalley and I have no interest in reading the full book. The main character just thinks all the time; she doesn't say or hardly do anything in the first couple of chapters. Just observes what's going on around her. It made me want to tear my hair out! Everyone else is right when they say it's like The Hunger Games in space with some Divergent thrown in. I think I'll pass.
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
(My Advance Reader Copy of Dove Arising was given to me by the publisher as part of the Goodreads First Reads program. Though clearly labeled an ARC, I should mention that the text is clean and free of errors, as far as I can tell, so I think it's safe to assume the final product will be virtually identical.)

Nineteen-year-olds with the writing acumen of Karen Bao are extremely uncommon, though not impossible to find. Fantasy novelist Christopher Paolini was without many superiors at that age,
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it

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Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She’s barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22, lets her best friend talk for her, and stays off the government’s radar.

Then her mother is arrested.

The only way to save her younger siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the faceless army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by desperate Ear
Lulu (the library leopard)
3.5? YA dystopian will never really be my jam, but I definitely enjoyed this more than I expected. The worldbuilding was a bit shaky sometimes (mainly the way that the Evil Government™ worked), but overall it wasn't as cliché as I expected. I enjoyed Phaet as a narrator–she's driven, intelligent, and loyal, yet flawed, and the inside of her head never got on my nerves in the way other first-person narrators have in the past.

Also, it was terribly refreshing to read a YA dystopian with a main char
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, sci-fi
N.B. I received an ARC through Penguin's First to Read program.

I had a difficult time deciding a rating for this book, so here's my breakdown:

Character development: 2 (needs work)
Plot: 3 (A-okay)
Writing style: 4 (better than okay)

It occurred to me after reading about 3/4 of the way through this book and being frustrated with what I felt were inadequate explanations for character actions and event progression that this book might end up being marketed more to a middle-grade or young YA crowd, rat
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
I apologize if I spell names wrong, I was listening to this as an audiobook, so I'm going based off that

I don't even know where to start with this one, tbh. It seemed like it was going to be a pretty solid book. I had ~some~ issues with it at the beginning, but not enough to take away from my enjoyment of reading (or I guess, listening, since I had an audiobook). However, after her mother's trial, at like 75%, the book took a nosedive.

I think the main problem for me was the pacing. I liked that
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Apr 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Phaet is more or less an ordinary teenager. She's an overachiever, striving to do well in Primary so that she can get a stimulating (and well-paying) job. She has two younger siblings with whom she usually but not always gets along. She's still struggling with the death of her father.

And, oh, Phaet lives on the moon.

Now...there are some things that I thought worked really well about this. Decent writing, for one. Casual diversity, for another; Phaet's own background is (some generations back) Ch
Emma (Miss Print)
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: amazon-vine
Phaet Theta has lived in Base IV of a colony on the moon for all of her fifteen years. Despite her name sounding like "fate," she doesn't put much stock in destiny. Phaet knows there is no room for a larger, grander life within the oppressive rules and regulations issued by the Standing Council keep residents safe.

There is no room for defiance or even annoyance when the colony's militia could be listening anywhere.

That also means Phaet's mother can be detained at a moment's notice leaving Phaet
Amy B
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Pretty impressed with the writing. Not impressed with the story.

That basically sums up my opinion of Dove Arising, but I'll extrapolate anyway. :)

Bao writes with confidence and grace. I felt like the world-building was good and I liked Phaet reasonably well. Her selective muteness didn't bother me, and I adjusted to her brainy way of narrating - "incisors" instead of "teeth," quadriceps" instead of "legs," always specifying distances in meters, etc.

The first half of the book was fairly predicta
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Dove Arising is Karen Bao’s first book, and a pretty ambitious one. It takes place in the distant future, in a utopian society built on the surface of the moon after the earth’s resources fail. The story centers around a young girl named Phaet Theta who has to find a way to keep her family from being thrown out of their home while their mother is quarantined. If she cannot keep up with the rent, then her and her siblings would have to move into the shelter, a place that houses the poorest in soc ...more
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Karen Bao is a writer, musician, and aspiring scientist. She has a brother three years younger than her and a violin sixty years older than her. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, she currently studies environmental biology at college in New York City. Karen began writing Dove Arising at the age of seventeen.

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