Thursday, June 17, 2010
Review: Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony
SYNOPSIS: The year is 2041, and sixteen-year-old Molly McClure has lived a relatively quiet life on an isolated farming island in Canada, but when her family fears the worst may have happened to her grandparents in the US, Molly must brave the dangerous, chaotic world left after global economic collapse—one of massive oil shortages, rampant crime, and abandoned cities.
Molly is relieved to find her grandparents alive in their Portland suburb, but they’re financially ruined and practically starving. What should’ve been a quick trip turns into a full-fledged rescue mission. And when Molly witnesses something the local crime bosses wishes she hadn’t, Molly’s only way home may be to beat them at their own game. Luckily, there’s a handsome stranger who’s willing to help.
Restoring Harmony is a riveting, fast-paced dystopian tale complete with adventure and romance that readers will devour.
I absolutely loved Restoring Harmony!!
Molly is a strong character of independent spirit with an indomitable will. I must say that I love strong female protagonists in YAs(the whiny ones make me sick!). Spineless and backboneless girls are so not happening for me.Molly absolutely refuses to give up in even in the face of adversities,so true of the philosophy of existentialism.
Molly has an easy life which she is forced to quit temporarily as she is chosen by her family to journey across the overseas(which is very difficult in Anthony’s 2041) to get her grandparents to her island. Armed with her courage,endurance,presence of mind and ofcourse her fiddle,Molly overcomes the many problems that she faces in her ‘mission’ and succeeds in making the impossible,possible.
What I liked best about the romance between Molly and Spill was that it evolved slow and steady and not that Molly jumped on him the very first time they met,vying and dying for his attention,as is so common in so many YAs nowadays. Spill is absolutely the best a girl can get! He even learnt to play fiddle for Molly(OMG!)!
Restoring Harmony is an easy,fast paced story with just the right amount of action and romance. The characters are believable and very life-like. I wont give away anything anymore but I can say that this is a book that everyone will love! I highly recommend it. Joelle Anthony scores full marks from me!