Having missed some reviews last month I have two YA books to make up for it – a fantasy set in snow and a sci-fi offering set in space.
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Although this book started off a little slow and I did think about putting it down, I am so pleased I did not. I persevered and found around the middle I did not want to put it down.
Danielle Paige’s character Snow starts out in a mental institution and is not an immediately likeable, but right from the beginning you get the sense that there is something a little off in her world.
With the help of a figure from her dreams she manages to escape the hospital and ends up in a different dimension – a world full of magic, one that her mother rescued her from as child when she realised Snow was part of a prophecy.
The world Snow is brought to is well constructed, and full of interesting characters. The plot actually has twists and turns that I could not see, and the climax also ended is worth over-coming those initial slow chapters for.
This book would be great for strong readers 14+ who like fantasy adventure with a little bit of star-crossed lovers thrown in.
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Jules Addison and Amelia Radcliffe find themselves on the far-away planet of Gaia with very similar objectives; one to save his father and the other to save her sister. In spite of this, their methods are very different. Jules wants to prove that the undying who brought humans to their planet might actually be dangerous, as his father predicted. Amelia wants to scavenge scrap to make enough money to buy her sister free from slavery.
Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner have again teamed up to write a great science fiction novel written from two different perspectives, developing two protagonists that easy to identify with, and bring you along on their great adventures.The plot is well developed and interesting, the version of earth and the planet the two find themselves on are well imagined, and there is enough science stuff for the avid science fiction reader – but not so much that others will not enjoy this adventure story.
I have to admit that I could guess much of the plot, but I did not mind because the strength of this book is how the characters interact and develop as the story moves along. Even though I could guess most of what would happen next, the end came as a complete surprise, and has me wanting to read the second book in the series, which fortunately for me is already out and on my Christmas list.
This book will definitely appeal to sci-fi fans, but it might also interest fans of dystopian and fantasy and even those who like a good romance. Although targets at the young adult market, good readers from 12 upwards would be able to read this if they do not mind a little death.