by S.K. Falls
Kindle Edition – Read June 9, 2013
Original Release Date: December 5, 2012
Length: 189 pages
Official Description: This is book #1 of the Glimpsing Stars
In a world ravaged by a nuclear holocaust, Vika Cannon knows there are no guarantees: no guarantees of safety, no guarantees that your neighbor is not actually a spy for the government, and no guarantees you’ll be allowed to emigrate to a new life in China.
New Amana is dying. Food and water are scarce, and people suffering from radiation-caused mutations–the Nukeheads–are the new class of homeless.
Vika has just one purpose: to produce healthy progeny using a Husband assigned by the Match Clinic. Unhealthy children are carted away to Asylums to be experimented on, just as Vika’s little sister Ceres was, eight years ago. Parents incapable of producing healthy progeny are put to death in gas chambers.
When she’s assigned a Husband shortly after her twentieth birthday, Vika expects him to be complacent and obedient. But Shale Underwood has a secret. He is a member of the Radicals, the terrorist group intent on overthrowing the government. And Shale has information about Ceres.
As she learns more about the Rads’s plan, Vika finds herself drawn to Shale in ways she’d never imagined. When freedom calls in the way of a healthy pregnancy, will she betray her government and risk death for Shale and Ceres?
At first I didn’t like this book, it was slow, the characters weren’t that interesting and the whole idea of a feminist world was really unappealing. It started picking up (for me) when Vika pulled her head out of the brainwashed clouds that the government has trained all the people of New Amana to believe in. After a while I kind of liked Vika, but she still has a real disconnect, it’s hard to read the story and genuinely like her, mostly because she is very misguided and she all of a sudden becomes brash. I liked Shale a lot but honestly we really don’t get to know this environment, the story is short, and yeah it’s the beginning of a series, but it kind of ends in a disappointing way, it leads up to this moment and then falls short. Is the writing good, yeah I think the writing is solid, I think that for a debut novel, it’s great. Will I read more from the author? Yeah especially if she continues to build on this experience. The book is really short and takes an interesting view on a dystopian world. I think it’s definitely worth a shot, just don’t give up too soon.
“I’m always realistic. In the seas of life, when the weather is bad, the optimist says the boat will be fine and the pessimist says we’re all going to die. But the realist—she adjusts the sails.”