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She also writes new adult romance as Kitsy Clare (see her separate Kitsy Clare author page for 18+). Her Art of Love series about artist Sienna includes Model Position and Private Internship. Book three is launching June 2016.
She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love for contemporary romance comes from being a jubilant realist. When she's not writing, she loves to take long, fast walks, watch tons of "bad" TV, and travel to unusual locations. Find her at www.catherinestine.com and on her blog www.catherinestine.blogspot.com.
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Ruby is a 17 year old girl who, with her 8 year old brother Thorn, escapes from a cult which pairs young girls with much older men. Ruby and Thorn arrive at a school known as The Greening. Here she meets a whole cast of characters. When an act of bullying goes horribly wrong, Ruby and her brother Thorn are left with extreme changes that alter their DNA. When a contest in announces with a prize of a hefty cash sum, all the students are The Greening are excited! However, this competition reveals that all is not what it seems.
I do like the title, and I find it very interesting! However, I don't really get the meaning of it. Maybe I'm just being thick, but it makes no sense to me.
I think the cover does an amazing job at depicting the plot of the book. In fact, this is one of the best book covers I've ever seen that is actually relevant to the book. Whoever came up with this idea for the cover is a genius!
I enjoyed the setting of this book very much! I like the futuristic/dystopian world that Stine has created. Catherine Stine does an awesome job at making this world come alive. The world in which Ruby lives has become unbearably hot, and people must wear masks and burn suits if they don't want to burn. The author paints a vivid picture of this throughout the book. I can very much see this happening in the future.
The pacing was done really well! Not once in the book did I feel like the pacing was going too slow or too fast for my liking. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.Read more ›
What I like most of all about this book is that that it did the things my favorite books and films do, and in such a sophisticated and intelligent way. It offers interesting ideas, asks good questions, explores relevant themes, invites high-level creative problem-solving, and calls up a sense of reverence for life, while letting the protagonist and her story take the lead.
SciFi fantasy master and "Dune" author Frank Herbert said, "I think science fiction does help, and it points in very interesting directions. It points in relativistic directions. It says that we have the imagination for these other opportunities, these other choices... Humans tend not to see over a long range. Now we are required, in these generations, to have a longer range view of what we inflict on the world around us. This is where, I think, science fiction is helping."
A lifetime's experience of offering change support through imagery has taught me this and confirmed it, over and over. Storytelling is one of the very best ways into that imaginative and intuitive part of ourselves from which we can solve problems at a higher level (paraphrasing Dr. Einstein) than the one from which we created them. But to work effectively, storytelling can't be preachy and it can't deliver the answers; it has to evoke them. I greatly admire this author's ability to do just that, which to me, sets aside the good books from the great ones. I highly recommend!
Young Ruby Fireseed grows up in the blazing hot desert in the natural-disaster-ravished future where going outside without full body protection can be fatal. She is desperate to escape the cult-like society in which she lives, so she works out a plan to do just that, bringing her young, mute brother with her.
After her escape, Ruby comes across a small group of people her own age with whom she finds refuge and a chance at a new life.
Within that group are two young men, Armonk and Blane, who both grow fond of Ruby and eventually become the other two sides of what turns out to be a very disappointing love triangle. I initially enjoyed the love story, but I ultimately found its progression to be very poorly played out. I feel it just evolved much too slowly to begin with and then made an almost instantaneous turn into a "decision." Out of the blue, really.
While the love story left a lot to be desired, I quite enjoyed the development of the world building in this story. I found the future America described in Ruby's Fire to be intriguing and rather unlike anything I have yet read. In addition to the world-building, I likewise enjoyed the unravelling of the story in the book. It progressed at a mostly steady pace and continued to evolve in a way that made it almost as though mysteries were being revealed.
On a similar note, though, some of these revelations often grew to become a rather strange stretch on the science fiction side of the story. I really think the story could have done without some of these more extreme stretches. For example, (view spoiler).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Written by Guest Blogger: Drema June Williams
My mother, Deneale won this book “Ruby’s Fire” from Ms. Stine in a facebook party for me. Read more
Disclaimer** I won a copy as a prize**
Ruby's Fire is pretty amazing. YA, Sci Fi, and Dystopian all wrapped up into one delicious novel. Read more
A very topical prediction of the world after dramatic climate change. Most of the old USA is a scorching desert, the Arctic sea ice has totally melted and people fish for food in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Graeme Ing
I loved Fireseed, so quickly bought this book by the same author. Unfortunately, this plot didn't make as much sense to me or hold my interest in the same way that Fireseed did. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Celebrian
I read this from a collection I downloaded from kindle unlimited. I am so glad I found this book, it was intense and exciting. Totally unexpected and very different. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Every time I start reading one of Stine's novels, I tell myself I'll just read a chapter before bed, then I stay up reading the next chapter and the next after that. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Shawne E. Steiger
Ruby and her brother Thorn escape from the clutches of their clan. Or cult as others call them. Now at a school ran by Nevadea they can get a real education and life skills. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jessica Mitchell
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