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- Print Length: 190 pages
- Publication Date: December 6, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H5CPOCA
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The story, while set at an undetermined place in time with an Earth like planet and an orbiting ICS space station like vehicle named Arxon, gives readers a cast of realistic characters. Nothing is glossed over. Fourteen year Caz is the protagonist. She's smart, inquisitive and longs to visit Arxon. She lives with her sister and Dad, the doctor on Arxon. Her mom had gone missing ten years earlier. In the opening chapter, Caz appears to be attacked by a creature who travels with gypsies. He slashes her arm with razor like claws, then inserts a white spherical like object into her wound. As a result she develops superhuman strength. When the tallest, dumbest guy in class gets into an argument and shoving match, then punches her, Caz defends herself. When she attempts to report the incident to the Station Master, Caz is charged with a violent assault. She's given a choice, solitary confinement or deportation to a Reformatory for violent youth on the planet Caren. She jumps at the chance.
This story is packed with surprises. Caz continually uses ingenuity to solve problems. As I mentioned earlier, it is a fast paced page turner. If you enjoyed C.S. Lewis' Narnia, I think you'll enjoy this story. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
The Gypsy Pearl (Book 1: Caren)
The story line is centered around a young lady named Caz. She has been raised on a space station by her science intensive father. She has a well-behaved sister and an absent mother who immediately seems to have more than to story than she herself is originally aware of. Caz is tired of the sterile and orderly lifestyle that she has been living on the space station. She is tougher than some of the other members of the crew. Her ability to take care of herself and her mischievous tendencies lead her to a run in with a young man. Even though Caz is not totally at fault, she receives the brunt of the punishment because she injured her attacker. This quiet nod to the tendency to suppress empowered women caught my attention.
Caz is faced with a decision. For her punishment, she can choose solitary confinement and stay near her family, or she can choose to attend a work camp on the nearby planet, Caren's surface. Much to her family's distress, she chooses to visit the first planet she has ever set foot on.
Caz is faced with a situation that is completely foreign to her, from the landing to the need for shoes, the experience of gravity and dirt, the planet is a completely foreign
Due to a strange encounter, Caz is able to adapt and flourish. But her struggle in the camp is just beginning!
I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading the other books in the trilogy!
There are only a couple things that keep me from giving 5 stars (I'd give 4 1/2 if I could). One is the lack of description of the people. I don't have much of a sense of what anyone looked like. We are told in an early scene that Caz has a ponytail and then cuts her hair short, and Alf's hair is yellow and he's considered handsome. Maddy has a facial tattoo. This isn't much to develop a picture of each character. And what about Felly? Dad? Nanetta? The bullying girls? What did they look like? We get even less about them. Mr. Nightmare was described the most thoroughly, I think, and it was great to "see" him.
The other problem was that London at times didn't describe an action or scene enough for me to get a clear idea of what was going on. If I have to stop and ponder the action, more (or clearer) description is needed.
But overall, this is an excellent story, well written and compelling. I enjoyed it!