Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cherry Heaven (or is it?)

Flash forward to a new colony, where humans have gills and genetic testing dictates your social status. Tired of war and genocide, salvation seems to be at hand with the help of a bottled water company, promising no one will go thirsty. A new family is moving to the new frontier, with teenage girls Kat and Tanka, hoping for a new start after losing both of their parents. Things are perfect here in the New Frontier. Or are they? The voice of Bottler Seal 55 is looking for a new start, a hope of escaping the brutal work conditions of the Factory. What happened ten years ago at the home Cherry Heaven? Who was behind the systematic shootings that left ten dead and a man brain-drained?

Cherry Heaven by L.J. Adlington is the companion novel to The Diary of Pelly D (which I haven't read). This sci-fi mystery was suspenseful, dark, and entertaining. You know from the first sentence that everything is not as perfect as it seems.
"the last birthday i ever had, years ago, was the one where i got shot instead of presents."
For fans of Uglies (Westerfeld), City of Ember (DuPrau), House of the Scorpion (Farmer). Other titles to try Avielle of Rhia (Calhoun) and The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Pearson).

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