A review by Amanda.
Six hundred and fifty-odd years ago, the planet Lumin was near death. The advanced technology of its citizens had decimated the tree-based planet almost completely. Members of the ruling council made the decision to enable Gamma Protocol, which caused Lumin’s extensive Network to go dormant for what should have been five hundred years. Not all of the council members agreed with the decision and schemes were set into motion on both sides.
One hundred and fifty years after Gamma Protocol should have ended, Mia Jayne’s life takes a drastic turn when she is sent to the Order, an ancient organization with a hidden purpose. Citizens of Lumin have been without technology this entire time and the truth of what occurred has long been forgotten by most, but Mia’s discoveries may bring the truth to light and finally put an end to the technological blackout.
Compendium is a brilliant blend of magic and science. The author’s descriptions of the planet are beautiful, giving enough detail to bring rich images into the reader’s mind while still allowing room for individuals to fill in the blanks. Compendium has a formal, elegant writing style that may appear stiff at first, but soon brings to mind the stylings of Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte. Most of the book is told in third person from Mia’s perspective, and there are a few chapters in the first fifth of the story that switch points of view to Melia, a witness to the incidents surrounding Gamma Protocol more than six hundred years previous. Mia is not a particularly warm young woman, but she is unwaveringly loyal, rightfully skeptical, and willing to do whatever it takes to ensure her father’s well-being.
This book has several strong themes; family, loyalty, and the power of choice are the main ones. Romance has a small place in the background and the plot is more than captivating to keep the reader interested. I read this entire book in one sitting and I cannot wait to find out what comes next!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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When Mia Jayne’s path crosses with an ancient volume in the Archives of the Order of Vis Firmitas, this ancient battle moves from the shadows into the light. Compendium opens up a world of knowledge, and, for the first time since arriving at the Order, Mia has the key to reclaim the freedom she has lost. To do so, she must choose between her conscience and her heart. Conceived against an ailing world of fantastical beauty where long-lost technology tips the balance between extinction and survival, Mia must remember that there is always a choice, and that makes all the difference.