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Saints Astray Paperback – November 22, 2011
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Jacqueline Carey is the author of short stories, essays, novels Banewreaker and Godslayer, and the New York Times bestselling Kushiel's Legacy series. Carey lives in west
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Anybody who disliked the main characters was wrong, disliking them for their own reasons that weren't remotely either of their fault, and they generally got over it. Anybody who had a right to be upset with them about anything was very gracious and forgiving. I felt like in Santa Olivia that the characters were very human and flawed, but not so much in this book. We know they HAVE flaws, but none of those flaws matter. Loup not being able to feel fear should be a pretty big flaw that could get her into a lot of trouble. And that would have been interesting! For instance, I would have LOVED to read a book from Pilar's perspective, in which Loup got herself into more trouble than she could handle, and it's up to Pilar to save Loup, without having any super powers at all. But that is not this book. They did everything right. They got along perfectly. Problems arose, and they were all dealt with effortlessly. The one and only real danger to Loup was one that was entirely out of her hands, where she had to sit around and wait for other people to deal with it.
I'm not sure I'm going to bother if there is another book in this series.
If all of the above weren’t true, however, I probably wouldn’t have finished Saints Astray, the sequel to Santa Olivia.
Loup, the genetically modified girl, is still a fun character. She looks normal, but her father, along with more than a hundred other men, was engineered by Chinese scientists who crossed his genes with something predatory—probably a wolf. From him, Loup inherited several unnatural traits, including superhuman speed and an inability to feel fear. And because her brother died in the ring, she became obsessed with boxing.
The general setting also remains intriguing. It’s present-day Earth following a mini-apocalypse—a worldwide pandemic that thinned the global population and scarred the survivors’ psyche. The United States became especially paranoid; Santa Olivia, the border town Loup finally escapes at the end of the first book, exists in a secret, militarized buffer zone between Texas and Mexico.
Saints Astray doesn’t explore this history much, though, aside from the occasional stray detail. (For example, Japanese customs workers still wear breathing masks as they screen travelers’ blood.) And for most of the book, there’s minimal tension, aside from the (tiring) insecurity of Loup’s lover Pilar; by becoming professional bodyguards, the pair basically just embarks on an international road trip. None of their assignments are particularly exciting, and their dialogue is more immature than it needs to be to emphasize the girls’ youth.
The last third of the story picks up a bit when Loup gets around to doing something about the friends she left behind in Santa Olivia. But this isn’t enough to save the novel from being a disappointment. Maybe Carey knew as much when she gave the book its title; Saints Astray is a rare miss from a usually great author.
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