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Join me for a look at the new YA book Jadeite's Journey by Lucinda Stein. Start with the stunning cover, read a short synopsis, then on to my review of this exciting book. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!
Sometimes you pick up a book and get drawn into it without noticing the world around you. Jadeite's Journey was like that for me. I picked it up when I had a free half hour before bed, thinking that I would read a few chapters. Three hours later I turned off the light and went to sleep. I was tired the next day, but it was worth it!
Jadeite's Journey by Lucinda Stein
Jadeite’s perfect world comes crashing down on her. In the futuristic world of United Society, her only problem has been how to act around the cute boy on the air shuttle. But Jadeite’s world changes when she comes across a man who looks alarmingly like her father. Clones were declared illegal years ago. When she sees her father, a robotic engineer, headed to the Dark Edge of United Society, she follows him and uncovers her father’s secret life.
Jadeite shadows her father past the boundary of United Society and into a primitive world of canyons and high deserts. She learns her father is a Ridge Runner passing between the two worlds. Even more alarming, she discovers her younger brother, Malachite, is sick and requires medicine only available from over the Ridge. After her father is arrested, Jadeite takes his place in order to save her brother’s life. But her world turns even more precarious after she breaks up with her obsessive boyfriend, Mattie. Jadeite soon learns his threats are more than words, and she finds her life is in jeopardy.
A school librarian for over twenty years, Stein now writes fulltime. Sanctuary: Family, Friends, & Strangers was a 2015 Colorado Book Award finalist. Three Threads Woven, was a 2010 WILLA Finalist. Her story, Sulfur Springs, won First Place in the 2011 LAURA Short Fiction competition. Her stories have appeared in Pooled Ink, The South Dakota Review, Fine Lines, and Women Writing the West online.
When not writing, she hikes desert canyons and alpine trails. She loves anything vintage, her shelter-rescued dog, Opie, and, most of all, her husband, Rob.
What would happen if you realized that your perfect life isn't as ideal as you thought? Jadeite has the ideal life - nice family, great grades at school, a career path, a best friend, and lives in the most perfect place ever. When she starts to open her eyes to what is actually going on, life looks a little different to her.
While reading Jadeite's Journey, I tried to put myself in Jadeite's shoes and think how I would react to things. Her journey is twofold - she begins the physical journey traveling back and forth between United Society and the outside world, her other journey was to discovering the reality of the life she lives and the society she lives in.
Both journeys were interesting to me. Seeing a brand new world through her eyes was exciting - meeting a group of what she considers primitive people, experiencing nature and the elements for the first time, beginning to understand different societal situations, and learns about religion.
As Jadeite sees how life actually is in her not-so-perfect world you can sense her increasing unease, her life gets more complicated, she has to repress her thoughts and feelings, but she also becomes stronger in many ways.
I'm not going to spoil the ending for you, but it gets kind of intense there for a while. So when you have about 1/3 left of the story, get a snack and a drink to tide you over until you finish because you won't want to put the book down!
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