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The third and final book in Brandon Sanderson's The Reckoners series. Hardcover | Kindle book

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Finalist in YA in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Awards

About the Author

Catherine Stine writes YA and middle grade fiction. She also writes new adult fiction under the pen name Kitsy Clare. Her YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One, illustrated by the author won finalist spots in YA and Science Fiction in the 2013 USA Book News International Book Awards, and was an Indie Reader Approved notable book. Her YA Refugees, earned a NYPL Best Book. Ruby’s Fire, a companion novel to Fireseed One that can be read on its own is earning high praise: 5 stars from Teen Blurb: “A world full of magic, and unexpected romance!” 5 stars from Books for YA: “Stine continued to amaze me in Ruby’s Fire with her futuristic world. She made me believe that it was real, and that hybrid-species were possible. I really enjoyed her characters especially Thorn. He's such an intelligent little kid whose heart is huge. Also, if I could have my own friendly Red, I would be the happiest person ever.” 5 stars from The (Mis) Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year-Old Girl: “You know when you get a book, and it's much better than you thought it was going to be? Ruby's Fire was definitely one of those books! I absolutely loved it… What an amazing plot! Also, there is a fantastic twist that I didn't see coming.” Seeing Night Reviews: “A fast paced story with adventure and great world-building. I was easily drawn into this fantasy, with unique medicines, creatures, futuristic technology and a whole history that changed the planet. There's lots of romance, betrayal, secrets and challenges for each character that surrounds Ruby. I enjoyed the science tidbits, which really made me think what more is out there to discover. In the end I can’t wait to read more from Stine, as she created a very original world with so much detail that easily hooked me in. Fans of Partials by Dan Wells and Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris will enjoy Ruby’s Fire.” Words Create Scenes: “I can't even begin to tell you how smoothly the writing flows. It's perfect. No joke. I went into this book not knowing what to expect and what I got was an amazing storyline.” Fluttereal Flight: “Ruby's Fire is full of creativity, imagination and original concepts.” Catherine has taught creative writing workshops at the Philadelphia Writing Conference, Missouri University Summer Abroad, The New School and at Rosemont College. She loves her readers, and enjoys blogging. Visit her at and

Product Details

  • File Size: 1645 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Konjur Road Press (December 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DDW84HS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,104 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Catherine's Amazon bestselling novels span the range from futuristic fantasy to paranormal to contemporary. Her sci-fi thriller companion novels Fireseed One and Ruby's Fire are both indie award winners. Her paranormal - horror Dorianna won Best Horror Novel in the Kindle Hub awards. Her contemporary YA romance, Heart in a Box is an Amazon Teen top 100 new release.

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 and on her blog

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Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
You know when you get a book, and it's much better than you thought it was going to be? Well, Ruby's Fire by Catherine Stine was definitely one of those books! I absolutely loved it, and it's definitely one of my favorite books that I've read in 2013!

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.
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Format: Paperback
Catherine Stine's new book, "Ruby's Fire" just wowed me! A master or world-building and suspenseful story-telling, she also has created fully realized and compelling characters, satisfying character growth, and an enjoyable love story. It was good to see Ruby mature and come into her own as a resourceful young woman.

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!
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book was nothing like what I was expecting. It was a really interesting and entertaining combination of dystopian with science fiction/supernatural.

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).
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