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Jupiter Winds

(Jupiter Winds #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Ever since Grey Alexander’s parents disappeared five years ago, she’s had one goal—to keep herself and her younger sister Rin alive. But surviving in the North American Wildlife Preserve isn’t easy, especially for the unconnected who can be shot on sight by border patrol robot drones. Through the guidance of their eccentric old neighbor Mrs. March, Grey and Rin get through ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 15th 2014 by Mountainview Books, LLC (first published May 11th 2014)
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
{{This is an updated review. Originally posted August 1st, 2014, it was updated on October 2nd, 2016 to the Official BFCG Rating System.}}

About this book:

“In 2160, a teenager becomes the bait to capture her missing revolutionary parents she thinks are long dead.
Grey Alexander has one goal—to keep herself and her younger sister Orinda alive. Not an easy feat living unconnected in the North American Wildlife Preserve, where they survive by smuggling contraband into the Mazdaar government's city
Sierra Faith
When I finished this book the first thing that came to mind was "Wow!" I LOVED this book!!!! Oh my, I can't believe how much I loved it! I haven't loved a book in a long time.

If someone was to ask me exactly what I loved about it I couldn't give them one thing. I loved all the scripture, I loved how Grey was so protective over her sister Rin, I loved Grey and Rin's relationship, and I loved the weapons and the trip to Jupiter! I hope there is a second one coming out! And soon! :D

J.C. Morrows
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OK. I have to admit... when I flipped the book over and looked at the back, I jumped.

Jupiter Winds Back Cover Those eyes are creepy. But they're probably meant to be, so they definitely do their job.


It doesn't matter if you're a fan of Inspirational fiction or not, if you enjoy Dystopian OR Sci-Fi, YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!

Yes, faith is an intricate part of the story but it is woven in so seamlessly and without sounding preachy, it's clearly just an intrinsic piece of the whole.

Jupiter Winds is
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rare as it is to find a Christian Sci-Fi book, and as much as I love this genre, it deserves every one of the five stars I'm giving it. Definitely worth the read...and as far as I know, it's still free on Amazon as an e-book. Check it out! :D
R.J. Rodda
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, sf
A great holiday read. A fast-paced plot with lots of twists and turns, an interesting dystopian world, and lots of family love. The world-building was what I liked best and is done well. This book held my attention throughout but did not particularly engage my emotions. There is a Christian aspect to this plot but it is very low key. I found the conversion weak and unbelievable. I also could not believe that an elderly lady and a young girl would be the ones to track two dangerous people. That a ...more
Hailey Rose
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this in just a few hours while on a plane. It absolutely sucked me in and was a perfect distraction during a few flight delays. :) The complexity and creativity of this book was incredible and something I was definitely not expecting. I mean, Jupiter? SO. COOL. Character wise, the emotional motivation was perfection and totally believable. Something that I didn't even realize until more than halfway through is that there was NO romantic interest for the main character and the story STILL ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
This is a story about two sisters who have lost their parents and are just trying to survive in a dystopian world. I really enjoyed the premise of this book and the fact that it was supposed to be a Christian dystopian/sci-fi. I enjoyed the overall plot of the story but the Christian conversion is what fell flat for me.
I was really enjoying how Scripture was something that Grey remembered her mom quoting to her and her sister Rin. I really enjoyed the space elements to this story and the idea t
Addy S.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
this wasn't a loud "THIS IS SO AMAZING I'M GOING TO DIE" book. it was more of a "wow, this is a really neat story!" kinda book.

-Romance: brief mention of 'love-struck' couple. no details.
-Language: n/a
-Violence: use of dangerous, high-tech weapons, pointing guns at people, lots and lots of fighting and the aftermath, assault, one character was marred to death by a tiger (not terribly descriptive)
-Blood/Gore: many details of injuries, blood, being unconcious/passing out, and details of p
JoJo Sutis
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m so thrilled that CJ Darlington has written this new dystopian/sci-fy/YA! Jupiter Winds is a fantastic thrill ride from start to finish.
I loved Grey and Rin so much. There were so many twists and turns in their journey. The author did a fantastic job of keeping me on the edge of my seat and it was hard to know which characters to trust and who to believe. One character I especially adore is Mrs. March….she was really full of surprises!
I love the spiritual message of this story, it was a wonde
Amber Delaina
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
I am going to rate this book as “read it”. I loved the family aspect in the story and the pace of it. The author did an amazing job at describing the setting and I could easily visualize what everything in the story looked like. I would have loved more faith content but hopefully there will be more in the second book. It was weird to read about life on another planet but this is fictional. There was a disturbing topic in the book and some negative content. Overall, it was a fast-paced
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not normally a fan of sci-fi but I really enjoyed this one.

There was plenty of action and the story was compelling. I really enjoyed the bond between the two sisters. Grey was such a good big sister to Rin. I also liked that there was no romance - it was all sci-fi action.

The villain was pretty scary and intense which is always good. Some of the books I've read lately have had really lackluster villains.

Overall really well done. Now I just have to get my hands on the sequel...
Hanne T
HIGHKEY Cinder/Lunar Chronicles vibessssss

This was a fun read!! It was so well recommended by Lindsey and I had a free copy, so I grabbed it and I enjoyed it so much! There was a bit too much deux de machina at the end but like, I WANT THE SEQUEL
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, teen, science-fiction
Let me start with the best parts of the story—intriguing characters and strong pacing.

The main character, Grey, and her sister, Rin, had a sweet relationship, taking care of one another in the absence of their parents. I would have liked to see more of Jet, since he had an interesting background. My favorite character was Mrs. March. Yay, an older mentor lady who can kick butt. What's not to like? However, the remainder of the characters were straight off the shelf, particularly General Whats-he
Laura A. Grace
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Let me first say that this is my first scifi kind of novel that I have ever read and didn't know what to expect! I only knew that people were giving it 5 stars and I completely agree with them! "Jupiter Winds" was epic!

I absolutely loved everything about this novel! The characters, environment, an technology (well maybe not ALL of the technology)! From the first page I was hooked and easily related to Grey and Rin! The way they survived on their own and had such loyalty to each other even if the
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Jupiter Winds
By C.J. Darlington

We've been lied to. That is the plain and simple truth. And this lie has kept us from knowing that beneath the swirling gases and upper atmosphere winds Jupiter has livable, sustaining atmosphere.

This is a truth that Grey Alexander's parents kept from her and it may very well cost her her life. But there is more going on than Grey ever imagined.

After fending for both her sister Rin and herself for the last 5 years, she has suddenly become a person of interest to
Phyllis Wheeler
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really liked it, and devoured it in one day. It's a dystopian sci fi, with a few echoes of The Hunger Games, but it is its own story.

The book takes us to colonies on Jupiter, which is a bit of a stretch for me, but I was willing to go along. Why not?
T. Darlington
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, dystopian, fiction
I love the zorses in this book!
Janet Sketchley
Grey Alexander and her younger sister, Rin, are “unconnected” –  illegal residents of a desert-like part of a dystopian future earth. Their parents disappeared when Grey was only twelve, and she’s supported her sister by making smuggling runs into a nearby city.

Now seventeen, Grey knows the danger is increasing, but nothing prepares her for the true scope of her enemies’ plans – or for what awaits her on the planet Jupiter.

In Jupiter Winds, that planet has actually be discovered to have a solid
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good young adult dystopian book from a Christian world view. I found some parts hard to read because of the violence. But, overall, well written, with likeable characters (except the villains). I will probably read the next in the series.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Officially amazing.
A.L. Buehrer
Three stars looks so negative. This wasn’t a bad book, it was pretty well-written and there were elements I really did like. I’ll start with those.
Things I liked:
• There were a lot of very interesting ideas in this book. The technology was detailed enough to show us the author really thought about it, rather than just copying and pasting futuristic stuff from all the other futuristic books and movies we’ve seen.
• Frankly, I don’t care if it isn’t scientifically accurate, I liked Jupiter. Maybe
Dona Watson
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’ve thought for some time that in the current fiction marketplace, we have a shortage of good, well-crafted science fiction that comes from a Christian worldview. I’m not talking about overt references to the Christian faith, just an overall worldview. I consider one of the paragons in this arena to be Kathy Tyers, so when I saw she had endorsed CJ Darlington’s Jupiter Winds, my interest in the book peaked. That and the beautiful cover convinced me to give the book a try. (Yes, I’ll admit it. I ...more
J.L. Mbewe
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jupiter Winds is a Christian novel set in the near future where a government forces everyone to be connected by surgically inserting a chip in the forehead that allows for individuals to communicate with each other without verbally speaking, as well as being able to buy and sell, and be monitored. Technology that I have heard rumors and speculation about since I was a teenager, mainly associated with fear of the end times within Christian circles. So personally, it took me out of the story. Not ...more
Lisbeth Abshire
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The cover to Jupiter's Winds is what caught my attention. I can't say how much I LOVE it!

Wow... I feel like I am being over enthusiastic and my family is probably thinking I'm crazy because I keep talking about this book!

I don't know exactly why, but it often makes stories better when kids have to make it on their own, but it really aggravates me when authors take parents completely out of the picture. I won't ruin the book for you....but let me just say that I appreciate how C.J. did not do thi
Rebekah Gyger
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I must admit that I had begun reading this, believing it was a dystopian, though I was pleasantly surprised to realize it was actually a sci-fi.The technology and world building Darlington creates is fascinating and I was drawn into the landscape African landscape that was now in North America. I would have been happy for the whole story to take place in the Preserve.

Yet the story continues else where as well. First in Mazdaar and then on Jupiter. The settings were each unique from each other, a
Claire Banschbach
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A refreshing take on the ever popular dystopian future genre. Darlington takes you from the American Southwest to the terraformed plains of Jupiter, following one girl's quest to save her family. I enjoyed all the characters, taken by surprise at some of the reveals of the supporting cast.
What I really enjoyed about the book is that the main character is sensible, is not prone to fits of angst (like so many other YA female characters), and she has a zebra/horse mix. What's not to love there? Th
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I first began reading "Jupiter Winds," I did not care for it because I am not a reader of science fiction, and the terminology Darlington used was just a big HUH? to me. After I got into it, though, I found myself enjoying it more and more. I LOVED the fact that this was a CHRISTIAN science fiction novel instead of he run of the mill Darwinian one. And I just cannot imagine having such a great imagination: I just do not know how she came up with all the technology she described in her novel ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I did not feel like I was reading a YA book when I read this recently, so I recommend it for adults too. Yes, the main characters are sisters who are teens, but the other very important and interesting characters are adults and really help carry the story with their charm.

The first chapter really grabbed me from the start. I loved the extinct animals too! Very creative premise, and family is a strong theme, as in most of C.J. Darlington's books. I can't help but see a sequel coming. I'm feeling
I flew through this book, the authors imagination blew my mind. I was like how can she think of that? It was really really good, love the storyline, I love how close the family was. I loved how the author could really make you see the futuristic technology at work, I never felt loss and thought it really cool, how she had the humans, get around and communicate that sort of thing. I think adults who like teen dystopian type books would love this. And of course teens as well, I can't wait for my d ...more
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C. J.'s love of reading began when she was a kid dragging home bags of books from the library. When she was twelve she started dreaming about becoming a published author. That dream came true when her first novel Thicker than Blood won a national writing contest. It became the first book in the Thicker than Blood series, which also includes Bound by Guilt, Ties that Bind, and Running on Empty. She ...more

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