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The Creative Fire: 1 (Ruby's Song) [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Cooper
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Book Description

Nothing can match the power of a single voice. . . .

Ruby Martin expects to spend her days repairing robots while avoiding the dangerous peacekeeping forces that roam the corridors of the generation ship the Creative Fire. The social structure of the ship is rigidly divided, with Ruby and her friends on the bottom. Then a ship-wide accident gives Ruby a chance to fight for the freedom she craves. Her enemies are numerous, well armed, and knowledgeable. Her weapons are a fabulous voice, a quick mind, and a deep stubbornness.

Complicating it all—an unreliable AI and an enigmatic man she met—and kissed—exactly once—who may hold the key to her success. If Ruby can’t transform from a rebellious teen to the leader of a revolution, she and all her friends will lose all say in their future.

Like the historical Evita Peron, Ruby rises from the dregs of society to hold incredible popularity and power. Her story is about love and lust and need and a thirst for knowledge and influence so deep that it burns.

Brenda Cooper is the author of the The Silver Ship series. Though not intended as a Young Adult novel, book 1, The Silver Ship and the Sea, was selected by Library Journal as one of the year’s 100 Best Books for YA and by Booklist as one of the top ten 2007 adult books for youth to read. The other books in the series are Reading the Wind and Wings of Creation. She is the author of Mayan December and has collaborated with Larry Niven (Building Harlequin’s Moon).


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"On the one hand we have Brenda Cooper's lush, sensual, emotionally driven writing. And on the other we have Ruby, a young woman with an inexhaustible drive for freedom. Put them together on the Creative Fire, a ship ripe for revolution, and you have a timeless story that sings. Highly recommended." --Bradley Beaulieu, author of The Winds of Khalakov and The Straits of Galahesh

About the Author

Brenda Cooper is the author of the The Silver Ship series. Though not intended as a Young Adult novel, book 1, The Silver Ship and the Sea, was selected by Library Journal as one of the year's 100 Best Books for YA and by Booklist as one of the top ten 2007 adult books for youth to read. The other books in the series are Reading the Wind and Wings of Creation. She is the author of Mayan December and has collaborated with Larry Niven (Building Harlequin's Moon). Visit her online at brenda-cooper.com, at facebook.com/BrendaJCooper, and on Twitter @brendacooper.

Product Details

  • File Size: 901 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095ZS0NK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read with a heroine you will cheer for December 29, 2013
By MGM
Format:Paperback
I read this book very quickly and didn't want to put it down. My husband has started it and my daughter says she gets it next! This is a fun science fiction story featuring a young heroine who is wonderful to cheer for as she comes of age and into her own in ways that you will not be able to predict. I find myself not only eager to see what happens to the overall situation (to the ship and people aboard), but to Ruby and to several of her friends. I ordered the next book (at my local bookstore, sorry Amazon!) the day after finishing this one. I'm actually disappointed that the story will wrap up with only one more book! I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys coming-of-age type books and wants to try sci-fi, or to any sci-fi readers who would enjoy a good read with characters that you really end up caring about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, hard science fiction February 28, 2013
Format:Paperback
Finding character-based hard science fiction has for some reason become increasingly difficult in the last five years. This novel follows in the footsteps of the great Greg Bear or even those of David Brin, with human characters a reader can relate to, depicted in a scientifically (and socially) plausible setting. Brenda Cooper is well known for her science fiction short stories as well as earlier novels, but in this case the influence of her career as a futurist is evident in her projection of a complicated society struggling to develop and survive on a generation ship. Well written, brilliantly conceived, solidly plotted--I can't wait for the next one!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Science Fiction Read! November 6, 2012
Format:Paperback
The Creative Fire is a phenomenal story that completely blew my mind. Between the theme of revolution, the memorable heroine and the suspenseful plot, Brenda Cooper has become one of my favorite authors. This was my first time experiencing her writing so it was a bit unpredictable, but even so it constantly headed in a direction I appreciated.

The Creative Fire is Ruby's story of fighting for freedom with her voice and passion for uniting all the people aboard the space ship, The Creative Fire. Separated by class, the grays are the lowest and enforced by the red and, seldom seen by grays, blue peacekeepers. Ruby is not alone in her quest as there were rebels who came before her and those who work secretly. The third person perspective really works for this story because the writing stays centered on Ruby while opening up to another character: Onor, one of Ruby's best friends. It was so exciting to see the two characters start off on the same plot line, then one placed on a subplot that converged with the main plot line by the end of the novel. Writing two different methods of revolution was an ingenious move for Cooper!

Ruby's efforts to gain unity for all colors was a naturally building process. It didn't happen over night and there were mishaps along the way. I wouldn't say that there were many shocking plot twists, but the progression of the story was weighed with suspense. The danger of not knowing who could be affected by Ruby's rebellion or where the commanding power on The Creative Fire actually lies, will truly keep readers on their toes. You'll never know what result will come about or how it will affect the plot until it happens.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great cover, BUT weak and rambling book January 13, 2013
By Gilly
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I so wanted to love this book, the concept was great, and the cover attracted me. But I found it incredibly slow moving, with weak characters. The overall quality of the writing and editing was quite high, but the lack of action or even much empathy for the characters was too low. In many ways this felt like a bad mash up of hunger games and a civil rights oriented teen fiction book with a touch of Heinlein teen space angst thrown in. This novel felt like it was trying too hard the whole time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money December 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was so bored with the characters and story, that I did not finish the book. Do Not Buy This Book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiery Science Fiction January 27, 2013
Format:Paperback
A wonderful science fiction tale that I very much enjoyed reading. The writing is crisp and evocative. Three cheers for Ruby and freedom.
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More About the Author

Brenda Cooper has published fiction in Analog, Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Nature, and in multiple anthologies. She is the author of the Endeavor award winner for 2008: THE SILVER SHIP AND THE SEA, and of the sequels, READING THE WIND and WINGS of CREATION. Brenda co-authored Building Harlequin's Moon with Larry Niven.

Her most recent novels are THE CREATIVE FIRE and THE DIAMOND DEEP, from Pyr Books and edited by Lou Anders.

Brenda lives in Bellevue, Washington, with her partner Toni, Toni's daughter Katie, two border collies, and a golden retriever. By day, she is the City of Kirkland's CIO, and at night and in early morning hours, she's a futurist and writer.

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