Genre: SciFi/Dystopian, Young Adult
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: November 28, 2015
Rating: out of 5
Themes: Faith vs. Knowledge, Technology vs. Nature
Orah and her husband, Nathaniel, seek to help their people at Little Pond. They decide to build a boat and sail to new lands to gain knowledge that may potentially be helpful. However, when they crash unexpectedly, they find a new community that differs from their own. They find the ‘technos’ and the ‘greenies’.
Both groups of people differ in their beliefs and what Orah and Nathaniel weren’t prepared for were the problems these people face in their community. Will the young couple of be able to help and reunite these two groups? Will they ever get back home to help their friends and family?
I had such high hopes for this book. It has been a while, but I remember really enjoying the first in this series. However, there are some aspects here that didn’t settle with me while I read.
To start off positive, one aspect that I did enjoy here was the debate of whether using technology or nature was better. In life, we need both. However, in the society that Orah and Nathaniel stumbled upon, there were two groups who believed in one or the other. I thought this was handled fairly well.
On the other hand, the perspective is very different from the first read. In the first book, the reader gets to know Orah’s, Nathaniel’s, and Thomas’s thoughts because the perspective changed from one to the next. However, here the reader only gets to know Orah’s thoughts. I’m not sure why the sudden change, but the plot was lacking due to this. Also, I was saddened that Thomas was barely in the picture. Though only Nathaniel and Orah traveled, I have come to enjoy Thomas, and for him to barely be in this read was very disappointing.
Along with this, I didn’t really feel any true emotions toward Orah. I didn’t dislike her, but I didn’t really like her either. When I read, I need to get to know at least one of the characters and sympathize with at least one. Here? I didn’t get to know anyone and didn’t really sympathize with anyone. Maybe a little boy who had lost his family, but even then, it was so brief.
Overall, the character development and perspective switches made me drop the rating a bit. It was somewhat enjoyable, but I don’t know if I will be looking for more from this author.
I received a free copy of this book from the JGBS Review Library in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own and no compensation was received.