My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another “wow,” another 5 stars. This is a complex, convoluted, complicated, yet endearing novel of Paranormal, Dystopia, Fantasy, Mythology, Legend-you name it, even History. Kelly Keaton is an accomplished author under a pseudonym, and her experience shows in this YA novel. I truly hope this is the first of the series; what a shame it would be if not!
Southern Louisiana after two Category 4 hurricanes consecutively: no New Orleans, no Federal aid, no “America” in that area ever again. Just “Novem,” the new dystopian society formed when certain incredibly wealthy families paid billions to the U.S. Federal government for the privilege of declaring the area all theirs and only theirs. Into this forbidden zone comes Ari, a girl who might be schizophrenic, or might just be talented, powerful, different-and cursed. She embodies a generational curse common to all the women in her lineage-but she doesn’t discover it until her adolescence-and then her world turns topsy-turvy in a heartbeat.
I cannot imagine a reader jaded enough not to love this novel. For aficionados of Dystopian fiction; for lovers of the Paranormal, the Supernatural (even Horror, even Science Fiction), there is something to appeal here-no, there’s MUCH to appeal! This is a don’t miss-so don’t, or you will miss out on something special.
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