A review by Maria.
I would like to thank author S. J. Pierce for allowing me to read her new novel Spectacle.
Spectacle was a terrific blend of Young Adult, Dystopia and Science Fiction. But this was far from the usual angsty love-story ridden young adult novel.
Mira Foster lives as a regular 10-year-old dealing with school, bullies, and best friends in New America. She’s loved by two incredible parents who are both her heroes. Then strange markings appear on her dad’s face and she learns that she’s far from ordinary and that her father is an alien. When her father and others can no longer blend in with the humans due to their markings, they meet with the government for permission to continue to co-exist on the planet as they’ve been doing for many years while blending in. An attack on the President is carried out and the aliens are the ones blamed. Mira and the remainder of her people are sent to a deserted island to live in exile. Mira’s one chance to return to New America is to go with her friend Luxxe to compete in a televised fighting tournament.
The author made it clear that while Mira’s people lived on the island it was very difficult and they had no provisions or shelter given to them and they had to struggle to survive. However, as a reader, it would have improved my take of the hardship of their situation if someone had died or gotten hurt while the island was featured. I understood it was dire circumstances, but it would have resonated with me better to feel how life threatening normal life was for them.
Mira was a stand out main character. I enjoyed her personality immensely. She was strong, smart, compassionate, and a leader. When her friends got their markings, they got chameleon type powers. Mira still didn’t receive her markings, but discovered she had a power too. She could teleport herself across vast distances. When she discovers this in the book she is understandably a little concerned but immediately starts to try to figure the power out and how to use it to her advantage.
Mira’s entourage of friends who escort Luxxe to his fight are worth mentioning. Luxxe is the strong, brave, male leader of the camp. He and Mira have been friends all their lives and have only ever seen each other as friends. Cole is the funny, quirky male always in Luxxe’s shadow and has feelings for Mira. I really enjoyed Cole’s character. Taylor is Luxxe’s girlfriend who has only ever treated Mira like dirt. While waiting to fight in New America, both girls finally reach a pleasant and believable understanding.
Even though the characters were well done in this book and I became extremely attached to them, I found the story somewhat lacking. The story would often drag throughout the book; and at times felt disjointed or had scenes I felt were really unnecessary. That being said, it did reach a huge climax that I didn’t see coming. I also felt like in a story like this, everything shouldn’t have ended fairly neat and tidy. However, after the climax and with some death and pain, everything really did tie up nice and neatly. I would have liked some more details about Mira’s life after the bulk of the story had ended.
This novel is appropriate for teens and adults.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
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Book & Author details:
Spectacle by S.J. Pierce
Publication date: July 13th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Hunger Games meets Avatar in this spellbinding new Young Adult, Science-Fiction novel by bestselling author Susan James Pierce.
Two hundred years after the Great Disaster, the day earthquakes ravaged Earth’s landscapes, humanity has finally regrouped and is working toward a better future. But in New America – one of three remaining landmasses – the threat of overpopulation makes a better future seem bleaker by the year.
Mira (Mirabella) Foster and her parents are citizens of New America, and with the threat of starvation and disease looming on the horizon, a new discovery threatens to push everyone to the brink of chaos: blue markings develop on people’s skin. Markings that allow them to camouflage their skin, but also make them feared, and eventually, targets of violence.
Mira’s dad is one of them.
Susan James Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy, Paranormal and Sci-fi novels.
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