Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Restoring Harmony (YA review)

Jacket description (from ARC):
"Heading off on her own to a big American city might have been a fun adventure for sixteen-year-old Molly McClure in the good old days before the Collapse, when nearly all the oil ran out; but in 2041, when family calamities strike all at once and Molly must leave her isolated farming island in Canada for the very first time, the world she meets is anything but fun. Food is in short supply, crime is rampant, and once-bustling cities stand abandoned and crumbling-danger lurking around every corner.

No one is as they seem, and Molly has to make some fast, tough choices about whom to trust, especially when a dangerous crime organization sets her in their sights. Luckily, Molly is a determined, can-do kind of girl, and with the help of a handsome stranger, she may just make it home alive."

Joelle Anthony did a great job coming up with the concept for an engaging, fast-paced, dystopian novel. This is a quick read, one you can easily sit down with and finish in a sitting, and definitely a page-turner. Running out of oil is how the Collapse happened, and especially in these times in our own country, that could someday be a reality. Getting a glimpse into what life could be like, should that ever happen, was more than a bit nail-biting!

I did have some trouble with the believability of the plot and the actions of the characters. I had a hard time being convinced that even after a economic collapse, parents would send their child from Canada to Oregon, with little money and virtually no way to stay in contact, no matter what the circumstances were.

The crime ring was describe a bit outlandishly as well and Spill's involvement and then dis-involvement was a little too smooth.

I did really like Molly as a main character, especially her talent and passion for her fiddle and the manner in which she was determined to look on the bright side, no matter what was happening to her. I saw a little bit of myself in that! She was smart and spunky, making a great heroine in an just-ok plot.

Overall rating: 3 out of 5
If you're a fan of the dystopian genre, check it out.

Restoring Harmony
Joelle Anthony
320 pages
Young Adult
May 2010
Review copy received from publisher

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1 comment:

Allison said...

I've been pretty excited to check this book out. I have seen a lot of mixed reviews, and that always makes me wanna read books more! I'm always curious to see which side I'll take :)