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Ruby's Fire [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Stine
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

5 stars from Teen Blurb: “A world full of magic, and unexpected romance!”

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… One of my favorite reads of 2013. What an amazing plot! Also, there is a fantastic twist that I didn't see coming.”

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.”

"With an astounding creativity and unique world-building, Catherine Stine created a futuristic adventure that will surely keep you turning the pages until you beg for more." -Books for YA!

“A thrilling adventure led by an exciting cast of characters, and the romance is really well handled.” -YA’s The Word

Ruby’s Fire is the companion book (but can easily be read as a standalone) to the award-winning Fireseed One, a finalist in YA and Science Fiction in the USA Book News International Book Awards, and an Indie Reader Notable book.

If everything about you changes, what remains?

Seventeen year-old Ruby, long-pledged to the much older Stiles from the Fireseed desert cult, escapes with only a change of clothes, a pouch of Oblivion Powder and her mute little brother, Thorn. Arriving at The Greening, a boarding school for orphaned teens, she can finally stop running. Or can she? The Greening is not what it seems. Students are rampaging out of control and as she cares for the secret Fireseed crop, she experiences frightening physical changes. She’s ashamed of her attraction to burly, hard-talking Blane, the resident bodyguard, and wonders why she can’t be happy with the gentler Armonk. She’s long considered her great beauty a liability, a thing she’s misused in order to survive. And how is she to stop her dependence on Oblivion to find a real beauty within, using her talent as a maker of salves, when she has nightmares of Stiles without it?

When George Axiom, wealthy mogul of Vegas-by-the-Sea offers a huge cash prize for the winner of a student contest, Ruby is hopeful she might collect the prize to rescue her family and friends from what she now knows is a dangerous cult. But when Stiles comes to reclaim her, and Thorn sickens after creating the most astonishing contest project of all, the world Ruby knows is changed forever. This romantic fantasy set in 2099 on earth has a crafty heroine in Ruby, and a swoonworthy cast, which will surely appeal to the YA and new adult audience.

Authors are saying:

“Gripping and addictive, Ruby has imagination packed into every page and scene! Unexpected and original.” -M. Pax, author of The Backworlds series

“A heart-pounding tale of deception and danger set in a futuristic world teetering perilously between metamorphosis and destruction.” -Ciara Knight, author of Amazon bestsellers Weighted and Escapement

“What’s revealed is even creepier than expected in a world already steeped in exotic technology and bioengineered strangeness. Great science fiction imaginatively told, Ruby’s Fire is a wonderfully crafted story that will make you think.” -Susan Kaye Quinn, author of The Mindjack trilogy


Editorial Reviews

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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 www.catherinestine.blogspot.com and www.catherinestine.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2074 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984828222
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Konjur Road Press (December 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DDW84HS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read! July 17, 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Storytelling, Great Book! September 22, 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great as either a Stand-alone or a second book. August 26, 2013
Format:Paperback
I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

MY THOUGHTS
So what first caught my eye about the book, the cover! It looks so cool! But there was so much more to the book than the awesome cover!! (Obviously!)

To get this out of the way: I read this book as a stand alone. (Because let's face it this book sounds really good...) BUT in retrospect I think that I should have read the first book before I read this one. Simply because there was so much information and the book referred to the main characters of the first book often without giving much background information.
And now that I have read this companion novel I'm not sure I would want to go back and read the first purely because I hate going into a book knowing how it will end.

Moving past that this was a really good book. Within the first few pages I knew I was going to like Ruby. I didn't really like how she went on about how her beauty was terrible and how she didn't know how to act around people without acting like a flirt. That part bothered me, but beyond that I loved her character. She dealt with so much and was till so strong. She was great.

I also really liked her little brother Thorn. He was such an interesting and mysterious character and I wanted to know more about him. My one thing about Thorn that bugged me was Ruby's lack of concern about him. I mean I know she cared and tried to always make sure she was there for him. But a lot of times he was wandering around getting into trouble and she had no idea. As an older sister I would definitely want to keep a close eye on my brother especially if we were surrounded by people who might potentially try to kill us or at least try to hurt us....

I was a little lost at first about Ruby's love life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good YA read
Very good YA read. Interesting premise and characters were well written and the pace of the story moved along quickly.
Published 1 day ago by Reed A Lot
4.0 out of 5 stars A fully realized world.
Ms. Stine has created a fascinating world, a vivid place. I cared about the characters and the story really cooked along, especially in the last half of the book. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Elizabeth Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a great young adult book but I think that any one who enjoys this kind of book will love this one. It has action,mystery, friendships,and in the end love. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Patricia Burleson
4.0 out of 5 stars Ruby's Fire is a good value for the young.
I think the target audience for this book is teenagers and young adults. As a senior citizen, it kept my attention but barely. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Hubert R. Adkins
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Good Book
Into only the first page, I was thinking that I might not like it because of its futuristic bent which is usually not my cup. Happy to say I was wrong and kept right on reading it. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jill O.A.T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked it
Published 5 months ago by Sherry McNeal
5.0 out of 5 stars Although I have not been a YA for decades, ...
Although I have not been a YA for decades, I found this book to be innovative in concepts and ideas. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Purplezinger
5.0 out of 5 stars A Future World Filled With Danger and Love
What if plants were more than just plants? What if they did more than provide you with food? What if they could talk to you and you to them? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Beverly's Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this futuristic story. I cant wait for volume 3!
Published 7 months ago by collette 5456 3778 8613 neptown
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Riveting, thought-provoking, well written.
Published 8 months ago by Bud frank
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Catherine Stine writes YA, New Adult and Middle Grade fiction. For her new adult romance she uses the pseudonym, Kitsy Clare. Her YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One, illustrated by the author won finalist spots in both YA and Science Fiction in the 2013 USA Book News International Book Awards. It was also granted a 2013 Bronze Wishing Shelf Book Award and a 2013 Indie Reader Approved notable stamp. Her YA Refugees, earned a New York Public Library Best Book. Ruby's Fire, launched in summer, 2013 has earned high praise from reviewers: "Ruby's Fire, returns to the sun-scorched earth of Fireseed One. In this long-awaited sequel, Stine delivers a thrilling adventure led by a new and exciting cast of characters. Ruby, Armonk, Thorn and Blane are memorable, and the romance is really well handled." -YAs the Word
Her new adult romance novella, Model Position launches with Inkspell in the winter of 2014.

Catherine has taught creative writing workshops at the Philadelphia Writing Conference, Push to Publish, Missouri University Summer Abroad, The New School and in her own NYC writing workshop. She earned a double focus creative writing MFA in fiction and writing for children from The New School. Find her at www.catherinestine.com and on her blog www.catherinestine.blogspot.com.

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