Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Book Review: Hope's Daughter by Melanie Cusick-Jones

Hope’s Daughter by Melanie Cusick-Jones
Published: December 8th, 2011
Publisher: BookBaby
390 pages (ebook)
Genre: Young adult science fiction/dystopian
Acquired this book: From the author in exchange for an honest review
Guest post by Melanie Cusick-Jones: My Writing Journey
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Life should be simple for Cassie.

For the small population of Earth survivors who live on the Space Station Hope everything they do is planned and scheduled, down to the cyclical food menus, their roles in the station, even how many children they have.

Despite rigid controls directing her life, Cassie feels more out of synch than ever and worries she won’t find a place for herself within the station community. Perhaps that’s because she’s hearing things inside her head that can’t possibly be real. Or maybe it’s the regular elopements of her peers, heading off to a romantic future in the Married Quarter of the space station, whilst she’s never even been attracted to a boy – no matter how hard her best friend Ami pushes them at her. Then there are the odd questions her work placement partner Balik keeps raising. His questions are just as troubling for her as his distracting smiles and eyes that seem to see inside her.

As Cassie draws closer to Balik she finds that everything else in her life begins to shift. He tells her things that call into question the system they live within. She can't believe he is right, but at the same time she finds it hard to deny the sincerity of his ideas. Could there be a connection between Cassie’s problems and Balik’s questions? The truth will drag them both to a terrifying and deadly conclusion beyond anything they could have imagined.

Dystopian books always fascinate and terrify me, especially the ones that are realistic enough that you can imagine the things actually happening. Hope’s Daughter was like that - Cassie and the other people on the space station lead seemingly normal lives, but they’re actually anything but normal. It doesn’t take long for you to realize that things aren’t quite what they appear.

When Cassie becomes friends with Balik, he opens her eyes to the strange goings-on aboard Hope. She had never really questioned things before, because she was content to live her life like everyone else - first in the Family Quarter, then the Married Quarter, and eventually the Retired Quarter. Everything is regulated and set, everyone is similar, and there are no tough decisions to make.

As things unfold and Cassie realizes nothing is as it appears, she finally starts to wonder what’s really going on. She knows there’s no one to turn to except for Balik, so their friendship blossoms and evolves, and they challenge each other and learn from each other.

I found the climax shocking and exciting. I spent the entire book wondering what was going to happen, and what all the creepy secrecy was leading up to, and I wasn’t disappointed. The plot was obviously very well thought-out, from the little details to the bigger things. I loved the futuristic, high-tech aspects of the ship, and how everything was tied together.

Overall, Hope’s Daughter was an exciting, captivating read. If you enjoy science fiction and dystopian stories, I would definitely recommend this book!

1 comment:

  1. Ooh this sounds intriguing! I love shocking endings, especially with dystopians. I'll have to check this one out!


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