Jenn Reese writes science fiction and fantasy and has published short stories and two books for adults. She loves martial arts and has trained in kenpo, kung fu, tai chi, and weaponry. She lives in Los Angeles.
A warrior heroine with a caring heart, stalwart friends, an edgy
futurist subtext and the suggestion of a possible sequel make this
a thrilling sci-fi adventure. Imaginative and riveting.
Action-seeking readers should enjoy the many revelations,
twists, and hand-to-claw battle sequences, and fierce, take-charge
Aluna is the kind of heroine who is easy to get behind. An
open-ended conclusion leaves the door to Reese's futuristic world
wide open for future adventures.
--Publishers Weekly Middle-school readers who like straightforward, butt-kicking heroines and creative speculative settings will appreciate all that this book has to offer and be pleased that the open-ended conclusion promises sequels.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books This book is an interesting and unique twist on the dystopian adventure genre.... This is a fun and quick read; readers will be eagerly awaiting a sequel.
--Library Media Connection
Gr 5-8-In Jenn Reese's science fiction novel (Candlewick, 2012), humans have created different colonies of altered humans to escape the threat of an epidemic. There are mermaids living underwater, equines inhabiting the desert, and aviators living in the sky as a result of genetic engineering. However, the technology that allowed humans to adapt is failing, and Aluna, a brave mermaid, and her friends set out to confront the mad scientist who created it. Although the premise is interesting, the story unwinds tediously, with a lot of effort spent explaining details that don't advance the plot or reveal much about the characters. For example, almost an entire chapter is devoted to Dash teaching Aluna how to build a fire, going into great detail about gathering kindling and using flint to start a spark. Girls will appreciate the hints of romance and the strong female characters, while male listeners will be disappointed in the scarcity of action and violence. Kate Rudd's narration fluctuates effortlessly between the serious tone of the situation and the chirpy attitude of the juvenile characters. Not a first purchase.-Cynthia Grabke, McCormack Middle School, Dorchester, MA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.