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What it's about
(from publisher Mountainview Books):
In 2160, a teenager becomes the bait to capture her missing revolutionary parents she thinks are long dead.
Grey Alexander has one goal—to keep herself and her younger sister Orinda alive. Not an easy feat living unconnected in the North American Wildlife Preserve, where they survive by smuggling contraband into the Mazdaar government's city zones. If the invisible electric border fence doesn't kill them, a human-like patrol drone could.
When her worst fear comes true, Grey questions everything she thought she knew about life, her missing parents, and God. Could another planet, whose sky swirls with orange vapors and where extinct-on-Earth creatures roam free, hold the key to reuniting her family?
The author did a fabulous job revealing the descriptions of the planets (and places on earth) where Grey and Orinda lived in small doses. I never felt overloaded with the new scenes around me, and was quite able to picture life in this futurist time. The plot held my interest, suspense came at the correct times, and I totally enjoyed the sprinkles of Biblical themes throughout.
...and did I mention there were "Zorses" ??? Yep, zorses. I was introduced to several original creatures, including the horse and zebra combination.
There were a couple times I thought (and hoped) an extra character may be used for a romantic subplot, but that wasn’t the case. The ending does leave promise for a second book. Perhaps the author may take that route in the future--hint, hint! But even though there was no romance, love isn’t lacking in the story. My favorite part was the connection between the two sisters. I felt the burden of Grey being the eldest, sacrificing many times in order to protect her sister. Yet when the time comes for Orinda to take a step into the unknown, she does so without missing a beat. And whatever they faced, they did it for each other. The display of their family’s bond was refreshing.
Dystopian story + Christian themes = A win-win to me!
If you are a fan of Cress by Marissa Meyer (see Megan's EIR review of Cress here), I definitely recommend Jupiter Winds.
STORY: 4.4 Stars
CONTENT: EDGY, for violence