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- Print Length: 366 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1512232262
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- Publisher: Aberrant Minds Publishing (May 24, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 24, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Y889WW2
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Like many YA dystopias, THE PEARL DIVER introduces a contest (though far less barbaric than the one featured in THE HUNGER GAMES) that the heroine must win: locating the illusive black pear. Dropped into the ocean by the enigmatic ruling class Dunamians, students graduating from their school (17-18-year-olds) may take their chances scouring the ocean floor to find the pearl. Elsie is one such diver--a girl with a tragic past and a keen desire to become The Pearl Diver--she's fairly standard fare for YA dystopia: strong but a touch fragile, eager but reluctant, in love but troubled. She's likable, and gains a good bit of gravitas as the story unfolds. She grew on me in the back third of the book. Without getting into spoilers, suffice it to say that the more she learns about the larger universe she occupies, the more likable and interesting she becomes.
THE PEARL DIVER is a bit incoherent in terms of world building. Certain aspects delighted me, such as the numerous colony worlds occupied by distinctive offshoots of humanity, the ecology of the water planet that Elsie calls home, and the format of the diving contest. Less well-handled are elements of culture, which feel more "western" than they should. THE PEARL DIVER doesn't delve into the deep waters in terms of showing how a post-human culture of island-dwelling humans with gills might differ from the suburban life of your average adolescent girl. I suspect that was an intentional choice: one hallmark of most YA fiction is to provide the reader (predominantly teenage girls and women) a surrogate protagonist they can "slip into" like a new pair of jeans. Twilight is the worst offender in that regard with a protagonist so vacant of character that she's no more than a shadow. Elsie is *far* from that level of generic, but I found that the book strayed away from making the island where Elsie lived as vibrant, distinct, and individual as most of the island cultures that exist here on Earth. The logic and coherence of the different colony worlds, their location to one another, and the technology to support travel between them was also left a bit of a mystery, but I suspect those aspects will be fleshed out in subsequent novels.
THE PEARL DIVER gets far more right than it does wrong. The book accelerates where it should, has many touching moments, and grows Elsie into a character worth sticking with by the back third of the novel. The story has great pacing, and the prose is well-constructed and enjoyable. It provides beautiful images and conjures real connection to the experience of swimming and diving. THE PEARL DIVER is at its best when doing exactly what YA novels should: placing the reader inside the head of Elsie and allowing us to see what she sees, feel what she feels. That's the double-edged sword of YA: The opportunity for a memorable experience, or the threat of a lifeless and listlessness Bela from TWILIGHT. Thankfully THE PEARL DIVER gives us a heroine worthy of the investment, and a book worthy of the time to read it.
Overall, THE PEARL DIVER is a vibrant, engaging story hampered by a few world building aspects that don't tarnish an otherwise enjoyable read.
4.5 / 5 Stars
In The Pearl Diver, we are quickly introduced to Elsie, a 17 (nearly 18) year old living on the planet Caelum, which is 96 percent water. Based on the descriptions, it seems wonderful, almost like a year-round tropical island in many respects, but Elsie longs for more, just like many young protagonists in stories like this. She wants, desperately, to be The Pearl Diver.
Caelum is one of six (or seven??) planets in the system, but each year administrators from the planet Dunamis, the head planet, organize a contest for a black pearl. The winner, if there is one, is named the Pearl Diver, and is taken to Dunamis where they are honored. THe first half of the book is all about Elsie’s journey to the contest and her attempts to be the Pearl Diver, but it’s the back half of the book that really got me.
In Brandis’ previous books I’d read, he was liberal with hurting his characters physically. He literally plunged the knife in and twisted at times. In The Pearl Diver, Brandis has learned to do the same with emotions. The physical challenges and harm is still a factor, but when Elsie learns what life is like after the contest, we find the knife sticking out of our backs as well.
Well done, Mr. Brandis.
I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a larger and much broader plot Brandis has mapped out beyond the contest to find the pearl. I would definitely recommend this to any fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, or Susan Kaye Quinn’s latest The Legacy Human.
Elsie dreams of becoming the winning pearl diver in the annual competition that will score her a one-way ticket off her planet and to the central world of Dunamis. In the wake of her brother's death in a prior tournament, her parents viciously oppose her, forcing her to rebel.
I won't say much more in regards to the plot, but to say Elsie gets more than she bargains for is putting it mildly.
Brandis delivers the goods when it comes to Young Adult dystopian fiction: there is well-defined and atrocious threat, impossible odds, and a very strong, determined, and capable heroine. Elsie is just a terrific character and honestly written. It's utterly impossible not to root for her, and, frankly, I wouldn't be surprised to hear her name-dropped alongside Katniss Everdeen some day soon.
After having spent the last few days fully submerged in the world of The Pearl Diver, I'm now left eagerly waiting for the next installment in this series. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy of this book ASAP.
I love the characters and they are developing throughout the book. The plot is a simple good vs. bad but it has many subplots that will keep you turning pages. I was hooked right away and read the book in one day.
This seems to be a mix of sci-fi and dystopian with a good balance of mystery, thrills, action and adventure and even a little romance.
I can recommend this book to young and old alike. The reason I gave this book 4 instead of 5 is because I felt the ending was premature. Don't miss out on this saga...I think we have a lot to look forward to with Author S. Elliot Brandis.
KUDOS Mr. Brandis on a tale well told.
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