Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony

This book will be available later this month!

Grade: A+

Synopsis:

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 on 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.

Rating:

Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 10/10!
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 9/10
Plot: 10/10
Setting: 9/10
Total Score: 67/70

Obtained: Free ARC provided by author.

Age Appropriate? PG/PG-13

Cussing: Very little, if any.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: References and scenes of alcoholism and smoking.
Sexual Content: Mild references to prostitution and sex.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Some mild child neglect, gruesome imagery, gang violence (sort of...), and illegal activity.

Review:

Overall, one of the best books I have read in a long time. It was a relief to read! While exciting, the narrative wasn't all-consuming, the plot wasn't stressful or over the top, and the characters weren't dramatic. It was easy to read, natural to get into, and realistically low-key. I loved how (for once!) not everything was a life-and-death the-world-is-ending situation. Problems were actually solved in a timely manner! Things got done!

The heroine, Molly, faced her issues head-on and didn't whine in her narration, and she accepted the events of the plot along with the reader. Best of all, it ended beautifully with a lovely conclusion that makes sequels unnecessary--so no waiting around to find out what happens next! Thank you! While I would welcome a chance to return to this awesome, if creepy, post-apocalyptic world (that seems remarkably likely to be our future), I'm glad that this story has a satisfying end.

As I said, I'm very impressed with the time period. While futuristic in some ways, Joelle Anthony did not exaggerate and created a very logical, honest outcome for our mistakes. This seems like a perfectly reasonable future for us if we don't watch out. And though the author doesn't push the message onto the reader, the environmental (and economical) message is there--we cannot continue on as we are. Yet Anthony creates a beautiful story from her predictions of destruction, so maybe there is hope. :)

LINKS:

Joelle Anthony

Reading Rocks Interview with Joelle Anthony
Trailer
Listen to the fiddle music from the book!

3 comments:

  1. Great review, I'll have to look out for this as I'm really liking the whole dystopia theme which several YA books have at the moment. :)

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  2. Awesome review. I should pick this one up.

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  3. I'm looking forward to this one even more now...

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