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Skies of Dripping Gold Paperback – December 4, 2015
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About the Author
Hannah Heath is an author of YA Christian Fiction. She believes that words hold a special kind of magic: They have the power to open the mind, to change the heart, to transform the world. Because of this, it is her goal to use this magic to create stories that encourage and inspire the people who read them. By writing stories with souls, she hopes to better the lives of those around her. Hannah lives in Southern California, where she is attempting to wield magic with her keyboard, read all of the books on earth, join every nerd fandom within reach, and graduate from college without driving any of her professors crazy. Sometimes she suffers horrible bouts of panic in which she thinks this may not be possible. When this happens, she takes comfort in drinking chai tea, walking on the beach, and spending time with her parents and two favorite (and only) brothers. Skies of Dripping Gold is her debut story, but she hopes to traditionally publish her YA Christian Fantasy novel, The Stump of the Terebinth Tree, just as soon as she can hook herself a literary agent.
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It is very short. I was able to read it in an hour or so. Grammatically, the story is fine. The premise is maudlin, but that's not a strike against it. I have a personal preference for fully justified paragraphs instead of indented ones, so the formatting took a few pages to get used to.
I have to agree with another reviewer who said that there is a lot of "purple prose" throughout, and I thought it almost slipped into melodrama in spots, but the main reason I say I won't read it again is because I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I understood that anyone would feel angry if put in that situation, however, there was nothing in the story that made me feel the least bit connected to the main character or his sister - no sense of conflict that pushed me to read to the end, only an interest in Heath's interesting poetic writing style. I can say the setting was well developed (I could almost smell the acrid smog that oppressed the city) but I wanted/needed more character depth.
Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Dystopian, Christian, courage, faith
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
The Writing Style: It was beautiful, but not in the way where it felt like a girl was the main character. It had purpose, it belonged. It made me keep reading and it made me smile, wishing I could write like that.
The Plot: Wow. It’s such a strong one, unique at best. I’ve never read or really seen a story quite like this. This is what dystopian should be, purposeful and with a theme. Most dystopians fall flat and don’t have qualities like this story does.
The Characters: Gabriel was a well fleshed out plot, he wanted what was best for his sister, but then he had a inner struggle with his believes. Lilly was a strong character, though we mainly focus on Gabriel. Then there was also Cole, a friend to Gabriel, who is mental disabled, which I liked because there isn’t a strong representation of that in literature.
The Pacing: Spot on, that’s all I have to say.
The Ending: It surprised me. And I don’t want to spoil anyone, but I loved the ending and where it focused on the theme and faith part.
Overall Thoughts: I have nothing bad to say about this book, nothing, nada! I found nothing like grammar errors, this story was spotless! I honestly feel like it’s the best short story I’ve ever read. I will recommend it to anyone who reads young adult, and try to persuade them if they don’t! And all I can say is: an agent better pick up Hannah Heath so I can read more of her works!
Language: Damn (4) Bastard (2)
My first reaction to reading the last sentence of Skies of Dripping Gold by Hannah Heath was, “Wow.” I had to sit with my feelings for a while before writing my review of this short story. This short story from Hannah was just released on December 5, 2015.
I feel that this is a very powerful debut story for Hannah. The strongest aspect of Skies of Dripping Gold is the story’s message. There is subtly and grace to the theme and really packs a punch as you reach the end. It is a great thinking story. I love stories that stick with me and make me think both during the reading and after. Way to go Hannah!
There are three characters in this story: Gabriel, Lilly, and Cole. The story is told through Gabriel’s third person perspective and we get much of the information about Lilly (Gabriel’s sister) and Cole (Gabriel & Lilly’s friend) through his eyes. Hannah’s writing style is vivid and touches the imagination in unique ways even if there is a lot more telling rather than showing. But the thing is, it didn’t really matter that there was telling because it fit Gabriel’s perspective and gave the reader a strong sense of not only Gabriel’s character but the others as well. So in my opinion, this is actually a good example of how to "tell" the story effectively.
Skies of Dripping Gold is representative of what more dystopian stories should be about. Dystopia shouldn’t always be about saving the world, but about people living in the dystopian world. Sure sometimes that means changing it, but not always and this story shows that. The dystopian society represented in Skies of Dripping Gold is almost like living in our own world now and could be an example to readers how to live life here and now, especially since many people struggle with the very same themes brought up in this story.
I understand that while writing a short story you have limited space and time to work with to convey the story and I believe Hannah utilized the limited space she had. Although I would have preferred a better sense of the story’s setting, the fact that the setting was an environmentally dangerous place and that the world was strict and seemed uncaring was well established. I would have also liked to have had a little more backstory to justify Gabrial’s attitude about the world or have a stronger understanding of what could have shaken his faith so much that he became a disbeliever. I understand that he feels that it’s unfair that his sister is sick, but I didn’t feel that was quite a strong enough reason. Love can make people do things they may not normally do, but I still found myself wondering what Gabrial's motivations were. This is the only part of the “telling” that didn’t really work for me because I didn’t feel like I had sufficient information to make the assumptions I had to make regarding his motivations.
Over all I enjoyed the story and felt moved by it. It’s a story about real people in a real situation. If you are looking for a story that is meaningful, thought provoking, and heart-felt I highly recommend Skies of Dripping Gold by Hannah Heath.