- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (June 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399256695
- ISBN-13: 978-0399256691
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,217,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Leica and her sisters are Citizens of Pleiades, descendants of colonists who settled on the planet Gabriel 500 years ago. Now, in 2590, Citizens scavenge the ruins of their original colony for technology to give to the scientific-minded Curadores in exchange for supplies and God's eventual forgiveness, which they believe will allow them to return to Earth. After being exiled for nearly two years for possessing contraband technology, Leica knows the fear and privation of being alone in the desert surrounding Pleiades. She finds a shuttle in the Tierra Muerta that leads her back to her sister, Lotus, and a fledgling settlement trying to separate itself from Pleiades and the secure dome habitat of the Curadores. With the dome malfunctioning and food becoming scarce, Leica will have to uncover the long-buried secrets behind why Earth abandoned Gabriel so many years ago. This convoluted sci-fi novel is a loose retelling of the Grimm fairy tale "Fitcher's Bird," complete with a version of the story written by the author to accompany each of the novel's three parts. Elements from Korean and Mexican culture are fused into this futuristic narrative to create a diverse world, albeit one that often lacks strong internal logic. A meandering plot filled with not enough character development makes for a slow read. VERDICT This book will have the most appeal for committed science fiction fans and those looking for a new fairy-tale retelling in the style of Marissa Meyer's Cinder or R.C. Lewis's Stitching Snow.—Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library
Praise for Lotus and Thorn:
“[A] fast-paced foray into science fiction.”—Booklist
“Etienne delivers a dystopian tale that deftly dissects stories—fairy tales, religious creation myths, political conspiracies—and develops a richly layered world… An ambitious, action-filled adventure.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[A] twisted exploration of atonement and survival… beautifully rendered by Etienne in stark, terrifying detail.”—Publishers Weekly
“Elements from Korean and Mexican culture are fused into this futuristic narrative to create a diverse world… This book will have the most appeal for committed science fiction fans and those looking for a new fairy-tale retelling in the style of Marissa Meyer’s Cinder or R.C. Lewis’s Stitching Snow.”—School Library Journal
“[A]n entertaining ride… culminates with a thrilling climax that will have readers flipping through the pages.”—VOYA
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The beginning has such a strong start to it that readers will feel so intrigued.
This is a post-apocalyptic world on an alien desert planet where we have societies deeply divided among their own believes.
I loved the characters starting with the main one Leica. She is an intelligent survivor who faces exiled from the religious Abuelos. Not only is she street smart, but a great fighter. I have to give the authors a lot of credit for making an amazing feminine character.
There were quite a few morals in the story that is cleverly woven in by the author. A couple to start of is family, religion Vs science, dependency upon the government, and women empowerment.
I'm not keen on romance, an unfortunately this book is no exception. Find Leica irrational physically attraction to Edison annoying, and for a little warning for the audience it gets pretty physical later in the story.
Toward the other half of the book, the plot gets a little side track because many of the side characters had stories and secret and it made the book a bit lengthy.
Plus Leica wasn't all the great at being a spy, and trusted some way to early.
I also didn't felt I got pay back for the injustice Edison created, in fact, the smartest and most devious character of them all was Marisol. That is all I will say without spilling out too much beans.
The ending was interesting, but it was off-handed.
It was an book that had culture woven into it, characters that had depth, and what home truly means.
So, when I first picked up this book, I wasn't completely sound on the synopsis; however, I was interested and then I saw the clincher, "perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce and Sarah Maas." My curiosity grew to the point that I needed to know if there was truth in that statement. And there was :) The writing style was addictive and easy to read, and the main character, Leica, had a lot of depth and characterization. The world building was paced well--until the major twist at the end. I just felt like there weren't enough clues built into the text that would lead the reader there without it being spelled out, which does match how the main character felt but isn't necessarily how the reader wants to feel.
One of my favorite personality traits for a leading lady is cunning and cleverness. Leica had lots of this and it showed in her actions and internal monologue. *I especially have a soft spot for well-written, well-utilized courtesans (i.e. kisaengs).* I also really enjoyed how the author wrote Leica's (and the other ladies') strength in a realistic way that conveyed the various forms of strength--resilience, physical, emotional, endurance--pretty much any form you can think of. The ladies have positives and negatives like real people instead of being written as the most powerful beings with no flaws. The male characters were given the same treatment and fit the narrative without overshadowing it.
And last but not least, I want to talk about the format a little bit. This novel was broken into three parts with parts one and two starting with a section of the same fairytale, which echoed the plot arc for that part. Part three's was interwoven into the main story, and I liked the effect. The genre is hard to pin down but I would probably categorize it as a dystopian science fiction with a good dose of fantasy elements and a dash of adventure.
This story is definitely for anyone who likes Tamora Pierce, Sarah Maas, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins... I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you like a good story with compelling characters, go pick up this book. It's out right now!!
Reviewed from an uncorrected proof.