- Series: Theonite (Book 1)
- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 2, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1535051027
- ISBN-13: 978-1535051026
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
M. L. Wang was born in Wisconsin in 1992, decided she wanted to be an author at the age of nine, and never grew up. She got her Bachelor of Arts in history from Knox College in 2015 and currently works at a martial arts school in her home city of Madison.
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A wonderful start to such a promising series, Theonite: Planet Adyn opens your eyes to what it's like to live a life without being able to be who you were truly meant to be. Joan has learned this fact from an early age. Wanting to fit in, she's hidden her powers in the hopes that someday she'll have the answers she seeks. She devours books about strange phenomenon like there's no tomorrow, all in the hopes of understanding the power she harbors inside.
While this is a coming-of-age story, it's also one about the trials and tribulations of a girl who's been unable to confide and trust in those around her. Her life has been a painful one. So much so, that she nurses her hopes, wants, and needs in secret. Throughout the years, Joan has grown in so many ways, a fact the author shows us every step of the way.
It's wonderful to see how well Joan and Daniel get along. Granted, their lives are quite chaotic, yet they're willing to try to make sense of the world around them. The emotions the author has invoked into the story and the characters themselves pop off every page. You can clearly envision the world she's created, too. The unique language she's created for these characters makes me wonder what it would honestly sound like in real life. An engrossing story, I can't wait to see what happens next with Joan and Daniel.
But I would give it a full five stars. I wish it stood on its own as a story a little more. It’s a fascinating exposition, but still just an exposition. We learn a lot about Duna and Joan’s powers that I assume we’ll need for the next book, but not a lot about what happened in this one. Most of the answers are as hidden from us as they are to Joan and Daniel, and while that’s a brilliant way to make us sympathize and share their frustration, it’s still…. you know, frustrating. It had more dialogue and explanation than plot. It seems like part one of a two part book, not an entire book.
Also, Joan is thirteen, so we can assume her classmates are in that range too… yet there are dramatic breakup scenes between kids in her classes and one girl who’s always described as aggressively slutty. I think the author forgot she put her main character in middle school for a moment there. I mean, thirteen-year-olds haven’t had much time to form on-and-off-again relationships, have they?
Those things aside, I mostly enjoyed this book.
Theonite was a fantastic book on so many levels. Joan's characterization especially reminded me of my own middle/high school experience as a gifted but heinously bored student. Her discovery and honing of her powers, her pride, and her subsequent loneliness will resonate with anyone who has ever felt like an outsider for being inexpressibly different.
I appreciated the unique world-building/lore as well. Theonite gives us something refreshingly different from the traditional Tolkien-descended Euro-centric manifestation of alternate civilizations and their magic. I'm excited to see how this develops in future installments!
I highly recommend this book. It's well worth checking out this young author for the measly dollar he/she's requesting!
There are about a dozen typos that are in the process of being fixed. The writing itself is good and doesn't get in the way of the excellent ideas one finds on each page of the story.
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