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Guardians (Caretaker Chronicles Book 2) by [Russell, Josi]
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About the Author

Josi Russell's science fiction novels explore familiar human relationships in unfamiliar contexts. Josi currently teaches creative writing and fiction courses as an associate professor of English for Utah State University Eastern. She lives in the alien landscape of the high desert American Southwest with her family.

Patrick Lawlor has recorded over three hundred audiobooks in just about every genre. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many Library Journal and Kirkus starred audio reviews.

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  • File Size: 1245 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Future House Publishing (February 4, 2016)
  • Publication Date: February 4, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BHFZEPM
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In the second installment of this fascinating series, Josi Russell builds a detailed world on the planet of Minea that is at the same time both familiar and strange. Ethan Bryant, the hero of Caretaker, shines once again as a moral leader who proves adept at handling any crisis thrown at him. His position as a governor often pits him against the greedy monopolies controlling the planet and the mining of its valuable mineral, Yynium. The plight of Minea’s oppressed miners reminded me of the mining boom in the late 1800s and the conditions most miners faced, with health risks and the control mining companies exercised over every aspect of the worker’s lives, including the price of food.

Ethan’s wife, Aria, proves to be his match in strength and integrity when Ethan is lost underground on a survey mission, and she is left to unravel the source of a blight affecting both people and plants on the surface of the planet. Her ingenuity and kindness endeared her to me from the start. In fact, the author does a superb job of painting characters and their relationships with one another. As Ethan and his shipmates search for a way back to the surface, they bond together in powerful ways. Their adventures echo the Jules Verne classic, Journey to the Center of the Earth, although I thought Russell’s focus on character brought an added depth to their struggles.

Amidst the turmoil, the passengers of Ethan’s Ship 12-22 search for their place in the industrialized society of Minea. With artistic skills often considered expendable, they feel worthless. Guardians poses the intriguing questions: are art and beauty worthwhile pursuits? Can we be valuable, contributing members of society when we pursue our passions? As an artist myself, those are questions I’ve often pondered.
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I read both Guardian and Caretaker but I read Guardian first. I will admit right up front that when I first started reading I was not really thrilled. There were all kinds of new names and strange places that I never heard of that it just seemed like it was too much work to get it all straight. I am so glad I stuck with the book.

But let me say that after the first few chapters I had it all down and really started liking the book. Of course the author makes you like Ethan his wife, Aria. Ethan is always the type to help people.

This planet is not the easiest to live on because there aren't enough jobs for everyone. Ethan and Aria try to help the passengers of Ethan's ship (from the first book). When Ethan goes missing those passengers help try to find him.

In the end Aria is going strong while the others have given up. In the meantime, what Ethan and the team on the ship going to the Karst mountain go through when there is no ship coming to rescue them keep the story adventurous.

It seems like there are several storylines going on here because at home there is something going on with the food the people are getting sick.

There is so much happening throughout this book that you will never get a chance to get bored. Boy am I glad I kept reading.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Guardians from Future House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The price I pay for a product doesn't have anything to do with the review that I leave. I am always honest. #FutureHousePub
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This book is well written, creative and imaginative. It can be a stand alone book: however, reading Caretaker first will increase your enjoyment of this book. I gave the book three stars because I just did not like the plot during the first third of the book. The last 1/2 of the book was engaging and hard to put down. Plot can be subjective, and this book is worth a read. I will be looking forward to her next book.
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By Jolie on February 12, 2016
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Before I do my review, I have to put up this disclaimer: I received this product from Future House Publishing for free for my honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone. I received no financial compensation for this review. Guardians and its prequel, Caretaker, will be available for $0.99 on Amazon through February 11-February 17. Please be on the look out for that link at the end of my review. Also, readers can enter into a contest to win an autographed copy of Guardians AND the new Caretaker audiobook. That link will also be at the end of my review. So keep your eyes open and enter!!!!

As I have stated in other reviews, I am a huge fan of fantasy/science fiction/romance/ young adult/historical fiction and any combination of previously mentioned genres. I read those books like they are water. Seriously, I do. So when I was approached by Future House Publishing with an opportunity to read Guardians, I jumped on it.

I am glad I did.

This has to be one of the best books I have read since the start of the year. It sucks you in from the beginning with writing that literally leaps off the page and into your mind. My mental image of Minea will forever be of a paradise with a hint of darkness in my mind.

The characters were very well written. I loved Ethan and Aria‘s dedication to each other and to causes that they both felt were worth fighting for. The secondary characters just didn’t take up space in the book either. They were very well written and their storylines were concluded in such ways that you wanted to fist pump the air and say “YES”.

While this is a 2nd book in a series, it can be read alone.
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