I came across Trickster’s Girl on NetGalley while browsing the latest releases. Here is the description given on NetGalley:
“In the year 2098 America isn't so different from the USA of today. But, in a post-9/11 security-obssessed world, "secured" doesn't just refer to borders between countries, it also refer to borders between states. Teenagers still think they know everything, but there is no cure for cancer, as Kelsa knows first-hand from watching her father die.
The night Kelsa buries her father, a boy appears. He claims magic is responsible for the health of Earth, but human damage disrupts its flow. The planet is dying.
Kelsa has the power to reverse the damage, but first she must accept that magic exists and see beyond her own pain in order to heal the planet.”
I found the book to be very inspiring. While this is not the book for people looking for romance in a YA story, it is still a innovative inspiring book about a journey. While Kelsa is on her journey to heal the world she comes to grips with the death of her father and the resulting problems in her family. The futuristic aspect of the book is very believable. I liked that the technology wasn’t so far removed from what things are today and that the security really seemed to be the direction we are headed currently.
Kelsa is a strong lead character and the book centers around her and “Raven” her helper. Raven is the one that explains how to heal the world and takes Kelsa on a interesting adventure to save the world. The story is fast paced and it is constantly changing. The plot is not predictable in the least.
I did find that the ending was somewhat abrupt and it felt a bit unresolved. I am not sure if this is leaving an opening for a future book or a series. However, overall if you are not looking for a YA story with romance this is an excellent book. Especially since it has a “moral” and is relatable for most people in an environmentally conscious time. I give the book a 4.5 out of 5.
Trickster's Girl comes out on 1/3/2011.