Jupiter Winds by C. J. Darlington
I picked this book based on the cover and the title, and also my curiosity as to how it got on my Kindle. I don’t read a huge amount of sci fi.
if you like action packed, soft sci fi with a strong female protagonist, you might like this book. It has a Christian theme, but it’s not pushy, and feels natural in my opinion. When I was a kid I was addicted to Star Trek reruns, as was my dad, and as are my boys. I would have loved to have had this type of book when I was a teenager.
I like the fact that alongside the male pilots and commanders, there are plenty of strong female characters in the story. Age doesn’t seem to matter, either! All in all a well balanced, fast paced, enjoyable read for fans of soft scifi.
Violence and death. Fight scenes.
Strong Female Protagonist
Christian/Inspy YA Sci Fi
~Kindred by Octavia E. Butler~
“Repressive societies always seemed to understand the danger of “wrong” ideas.”
Twenty-six year old Dana lives in California. The year is 1976. She has recently moved into a new home and is suddenly caught up in a mysterious time portal that transports her to 19th century Maryland. In this alternate time, she saves a boy from drowning. He turns out to be her white, slave-holding ancestor.
The plot has depth to it, exploring the complexities of Dana’s relationship with her white husband and her own feelings about her family history. This is a complicated story, one to read and think about. The writing is so good the story pulls you along, but be warned, parts in the narrative are disturbing. Dana is thrust repeatedly into a world where she is a slave and repeatedly has to save her ancestor, regardless of her feelings.
This novel is incredibly well written, the storytelling superb. The writing feels fresh. I did not realize it was written in the seventies until after I finished the book.
Kindred is a unique book. Even if you never read fantasy or sci-fi, you should get this book. I’m not sure who recommended it but I’m glad they did. Part historical fiction and part sci-fi, this novel written by Octavia E. Butler is one I think everyone should read.
This novel is firmly in my notable books pile. If this had been on my radar when I was homeschooling the kids I would have used it in a unit study for my older students.
This book convinced me it is okay to write prologues! Read it and you will see what I mean.
~Across The Universe by Beth Revis~
Seventeen year old Amy, along with her parents, is cryogenically frozen in order to make a 300 year trip to a new earth. Someone starts the thawing process early, and Amy wakes. We don’t find out who until the end of the novel.
Amy doesn’t fit in with the other people. The small society of ship dwellers have become genetically similar over the generations spent on board, and Amy sticks out with her red hair and white skin. The ship dwellers’ behavior is odd and troubling. Elder, in training to become the leader of the ship, The Godspeed, is the only person Amy’s age on board. He finds Amy irresistibly attractive. Elder searches for the person who is tampering with the cryogenically frozen passengers and discovers much more.
My eldest picked this book for me at the library. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel. Before I made it to the last chapter, I felt the need to reserve the next book in the series. Many of the sci-fi novels my boys pick are too heavy on the technical side for me, but this one was perfect.
If you are a fan of sci-fi stories or shows, you might like this series. Great read. Highly entertaining. Satisfying ending to the book with enough left over to make me want to get the next book. Engaging. Satisfying story.
~When The English Fall by David Williams~
“I suppose that is why I still write here, to remember the blessings. And all things are blessings, even the hard things.”
An Amish Dystopian? I loved this story idea and could not resist.
Jacob is an Amish farmer. His daughter has strange fits and nightmares, speaking nonsense about “the English falling” until one night when the world goes dark and planes fall from the sky. What appears to be an EMP or solar storm from the narrator’s description disrupts civilization as we know it. Life on the farm, while harder, is still sustainable, but the outside world pushes in. Daily life is turned on its head.
Beautiful prose, moral dilemmas, harsh realities. A look at what might happen when human beings are put into intolerable situations. How would our society react if all of our systems failed? .
What kind of people are we? What is left after all else is gone?
This book was so engrossing. I do wish there was a sequel, though. .
Great book. Highly recommended for anyone who likes a good read or philosophical discussion. Not just for sci-fi fans.