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Silverwood Paperback – April 15, 2015
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About the Author
Betsy Streeter grew up on a steady diet of Star Trek, The Muppet Show, Atari, and musical rehearsals in her family's living room. Her habits of making up stories and drawing and painting on everything within reach eventually led to degrees in art and communication from Stanford University. She has worked in film and video production, design, and video games, and is president of a community theatre. She and her family are voracious consumers of books, music, movies, art, action figures, and musical instruments, resulting in inadequate storage space. Betsy has published single-panel cartoons, comics, art, and short fiction in paper, digital, graffiti, and tattoo form. She lives in Northern California with her husband, son, daughter, two peculiar and disruptive cats, and a mellow but hungry tarantula.
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So you take to hacking anything you can get your hands on. Your brother throws himself into his art, which is disturbingly prophetic. And your own dreams...are they real? Are they trying to tell you something? What is a Tromindox anyway?
Then one day, your apartment blows up, you find out that Tromindox are real, and you discover that they would like nothing more than to inject you with venom and have your brains for breakfast. Suddenly, you have to put away childish things, help find your dad, and go about the business of protecting humankind from evildoers, both human and inhuman. The more you find out about yourself and your family, the more complicated it gets. But you better figure it out soon, or there will be no more family, and no safe place to hide from those who are looking for blood...yours.
Betsy Streeter's first novel is a journey through space and time, with a sprawling cast of characters who are as adept at witty banter as they are at saving mankind from extinction at the hands of the evil Tromindox. But there's more...there's also the love of a mom and dad for each other and for their kids, both of whom have their own special needs and talents, and both of whom will need to find a way to channel those talents to save the family and humanity itself. It all adds up to a wild ride, with so many twists and turns along the way that you won't know whom to root for until the very end.
Very fun read. Don't wait for the movie...by then it may be too late!
Beyond just loving the story, there are some solid literary elements that appeal to my educator brain. I appreciated the main character, Helen, a role model for young women, due to her independent voice that is still questioning and reaching, yet very grounded in the love of her family. I think young women who read this will find her very realistic despite her very unreal situations. (I don't want to give anything away, so suffice it to say a vivid dream will never be the same for me!) I also found the relationship between Helen and her brother to be very realistic in its combination of sheer annoyance and devotion. Which brings me to another admirable quality of the book- the message that family is one's foundation and strength. So often YA novels are all about the friends and it is refreshing to focus on family (even when the family contains bounty hunters and has an odd assortment of unique skills.)
Overall, this novel is a rare combination of intense action and thoughtful plot story mixed with an important message. It will definitely appeal to a wide audience-dystopian, fantasy, sci-fiction, and anyone who just wants a GOOD read!
Clan Silverwood started out as people living on a high mountain. Every year they had a festival. They drew beautiful pictures on the walkways. One was of a gnarled silver tree. They would send one person to the tree each year as a "sacrifice". They were kept safe from invaders. One year an old woman came to the village. When she was a little girl, she was one of the "sacrifices". She tells them what the tree and its beautiful "leaves" (small round circles with holes in the center) really are and why the village has to protect the tree.
Kate Silverwood is married to Gabriel (who is currently in prison--or supposed to be) and they have two children. Kate is a bounty hunter. She chases Tromindox (more on them a little later). For every Tromindox that she kills, she gets money.
Helen Silverwood is fourteen and a very unusual girl. She is a hacker (do not think computers). She can take apart items and make them into something else. She takes apart toasters, phones, waffle irons, etc. She can look at an item and see all the insides. Helen also has very special blood! Her brother, Henry is nine years old and can draw the future. He is a smart little boy and wise beyond his years.
Unfortunately, they have to keep moving. Because of Helen's unique blood, she is wanted by the Council (Council of Portals). One day they receive a visit and are sent on a new path. They have to go to Brokeneck, California. They will face many difficulties on the way to their destination, but the family will face a bigger battle when they arrive.
Tromindox are unusual creatures. They can look like nasty squid like creatures or like a human. They are shape shifters and mimics. They can also get digital faces (complicated). Tromindox feed on human brain waves or activity. They use their venom to immobilize their prey (humans), dissolve the body, and consume the person's energy. It can take a while before the human is completely absorbed by the Tromindox. Before the person is completely absorbed, they can be rescued by Helen's (or Garbriel's) blood.
I give Silverwood 4 out of 5 stars. It is very interesting, but also a very complicated book. Once you get into the story, you do not want to put it down. Silverwood will be released on March 15, 2015. The sequel will not be out until 2016. I have tried to give you enough details of the book to give you the general gist, but not too much to give away spoilers.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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