Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The world has changed. Wars and climate changes have ravaged the planet. In the year 2069 anyone turning 17 will be assigned to a job that will best benefit the world. Jaym, Reya, and D'Shay are all assigned to be SUN blenders in Africa, which was hit particularly hard by a solar flare several years back. They think they will be re-building infrastructure. (cue the ominous music here) But in reality they are going to help preserve the African people by "blending" in a very different way...the solar flare exposed those people to radiation and they cannot have children with anyone else exposed. They also think they are wanted in Africa. (cue some sort of dramatic drum roll)
The three unlikely friends form a bond during their SUN blender training but are split up once they are "in-country." Facing angry and armed rebels, brutally hot weather, and unfamiliar customs they must find a way to survive.
Oh, Michael Kinch - you wrote a good book, but darn it all if it doesn't live up to the thrill of The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins may have ruined me for life with her dystopian trilogy. The plot, settings, storylines, and character development are good. But those names - GAH! Seriously...Jaym? I have yet to figure out to say this name out loud. Is it like "jam" or "Jay-um?" And don't get me started on how stereotypical the name "D'Shay" feels.
However, with two male lead characters and lots of action this should be a great recommendation for guys. Plus, it's only available in paperback, so it's cheap!
Note: This book was read for possible inclusion on the 2011/2012 YARP list.
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