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So it was with a bit of trepidation that I began reading the latest work by CN James and Amy Joy, basing my expectations on the reputation forged by the excellent "The Academie." Not only was I not disappointed, it became readily apparent that I was going to like this book much more.
The reader is dropped into the Ghostlands world, which at first seems like a simple extension of our reality, maybe a couple hundred years in the future. However, you rapidly realize that there are major differences between our world and theirs - and yet the characters accept these differences as normal. Quite a few of these differences the reader is left to figure out on their own, such as Name Value, Avertronics, and the Dome. They are introduced in the story without fanfare or explanation, and as you read further, their purpose becomes clear.
The reason I point this out is because it is a very good example of how quickly you become immersed in this book, and its world. The descriptive prose builds a complex world in your mind, with seemingly insignificant details adding to the overall feel of this bizarre world. The book is written in the first-person, from the viewpoint of Anastasia, the protagonist. Anastasia at first seems a bizarre choice as a protagonist: she is weak, useless, and ends up crying or fainting at the slightest stress in life. We are privy to Anastasia's thought processes, and for a time, I almost became exasperated with her hopelessness and apathy.
Anastasia is continually harassed by the "ghosts" - strange otherworldly creatures from outside the protective dome, and with the sudden loss of her boyfriend, seemingly the only stabilizing force in her life, she is spiraling down into a hole, seemingly pursued by the strange creatures. A sudden ejection from civilization finds her having to fend for herself for the first time in her life, and she experiences a very rapid growth curve that is satisfying to observe.
Two things struck me as I read The Ghostlands: First, that every time I thought I had figured out where the story was going, it veered off on an unexpected tangent, yet still connected to the overall theme. Second, I couldn't put it down! I ended up spending some very late nights where I repeatedly decided, "OK, just one more chapter" - and kept on reading, because I absolutely had to know what was going to happen next.
The biggest horror came when the book ended immediately after an action-filled climax - a little suddenly for my liking. To my relief, the next page reminded me that this is only Part 1 of a two-part story.
I can't wait for Part 2 to come out, to find out what happens next to Anastasia, at the cusp of her rebirth and realization.
Oh, and where I can get an Avertronic rifle?
This story has a little of everything in it, including mystery and romance. It isn't predictable either. Just when I thought I knew what direction it was going in--it changed direction, and when I thought I knew how it was going to end---it fooled me. That and the great descriptions of things throughout made me want to keep reading to find out what happened next. I read the entire book in one day and can't wait for Part 2! I will definitely be watching for it!