Jadeite’s Journeyby Lucinda SteinGenre:
YA ScifiRelease date: January 24th 2017
When romance turns deadly…Jadeite’s perfect world comes crashing down on her. In the futuristic world of United Society, her only problem has been how to act around the cute boy on the air shuttle. But Jadeite’s world changes when she comes across a man who looks alarmingly like her father. Clones were declared illegal years ago. When she sees her father, a robotic engineer, headed to the Dark Edge of United Society, she follows him and uncovers her father’s secret life.Jadeite shadows her father past the boundary of United Society and into a primitive world of canyons and high deserts. She learns her father is a Ridge Runner passing between the two worlds. Even more alarming, she discovers her younger brother, Malachite, is sick and requires medicine only available from over the Ridge. After her father is arrested, Jadeite takes his place in order to save her brother’s life.But her world turns even more precarious after she breaks up with her obsessive boyfriend, Mattie. Jadeite soon learns his threats are more than words, and she finds her life is in jeopardy.
The plot was very interesting, and I really loved the character of Jadeite. To me she was a very strong character, for only being 15. And all that she had to go through in this book for her age. I couldn’t stand her boyfriend Mattie at all.
Mattie is such a jerk, and thanks his all that. His very controlling, and deadly if you get in his way. I really thought that Jadeite was able to fool him pretty easy, after trying to leave him the second time around. If I was Mattie I wouldn’t have believed that she wanted to be with me, after wanting to break up with me the first. But him thinking his god’s gift to women, plays a part of his thinking.
I really wish that Orion, played a bigger part in the story. I did see chemistry between him and Jadeite, when they did interact, with one another. And I did enjoy the parts of the book he was in. I love a guy that can make things with their hands, and he also tries to invent things as well.
I really loved Jedeite’s dad, and especially her brother Malachite. Next to Jadeite, Malachite was my favorite character. I also liked her best friend Electra. I loved that she was different, and didn’t believe all the bull, the United Society tried to pull.
I really loved the ending, it got pretty action packed towards the end of the book.
While the beginning was pretty boring, the last half, especially the last 1/3 of it, is what saved the book. If it wasn’t for that reason, the book would have been a 3 star rating, instead of the four stars I gave it. I would definitely recommend this book, and would definitely read the book again.
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About the Author A school librarian for over twenty years, Stein now writes fulltime. Sanctuary: Family, Friends, & Strangers was a 2015 Colorado Book Award finalist. Three Threads Woven, was a 2010 WILLA Finalist. Her story, Sulfur Springs, won First Place in the 2011 LAURA Short Fiction competition. Her stories have appeared in Pooled Ink, The South Dakota Review, Fine Lines, and Women Writing the West online.When not writing, she hikes desert canyons and alpine trails. She loves anything vintage, her shelter-rescued dog, Opie, and, most of all, her husband, Rob.
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