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Hope's Daughter (The Ambrosia Sequence Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Cusick-Jones
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #412,358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After graduating from The University of Sheffield with an English Literature Masters in 2003, Melanie has been writing fiction - time permitting - ever since.

'Hope's Daughter', released in December 2011, was Melanie's debut novel and the first release from The Ambrosia Sequence. The companion book 'The Rainbow Maker's Tale' was released in late 2013 and the next novel - 'Outlanders' - is due in 2014. The Ambrosia Sequence is a dystopian series aimed primarily at young adults and hovers somewhere in the middle of sci-fi, dystopian and fantasy genres.

Recipient of the highly prestigious Amy Duncan English Literature Prize in 1996 (£25.00 book token) - perhaps not worth mentioning here...

When she's not writing Melanie enjoys the wet weather of the north of England with her dogs or disappearing into a book for a few hours (no surprise there then).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hope's Daughter 6 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Cassie has always felt that she is the same as everyone else on the SS Hope until she talks to her class mate Balik and she feels that he is the only one who understands her, meanwhile teenagers are eloping without saying goodbye to their friends and while investigating this Cassie finds that she has a unique ability that could change her life forever.

Hope's daughter is a really good YA dystopia and while at first is seems not very original, it is actually fascinating and really creepy at the same time. This book has a really good pace although a bit too fast at the end and has a good mix of romance, action and suspense.

I really like Cassie as she is nice and relatable and acts realistically when things in this book happen. Balik is a really good character who is a bit mysterious at the beginning and as we go through the book we see he is really brave and caring.

The one thing I feel that is missing in this book is that I could not connect to the secondary but I feel that Cusick-Jones will improve on this in her next book. I would recommend Hope's Daughter to people who like Young Adult dystopian books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the romance 11 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Not usually being a person interested by the Sci-fi/dystopia genres I was unsure as to what I was getting myself into when I agreed to read and review this book. However I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

For me the book started off a bit slow and I was a bit apprehensive, due to the sci-fi nature of it being set of the space ship Hope, as I assumed it was going to be filled with technical and complex wording that would confuse me. This was not the case though, even though the start didn't really engage me much, I continued reading and the story slowly developed into something I couldn't put down. Cassie is a strong heroine lead and Balik is as equally strong but you can sympathise and relate to them easily, which helps to lose you in the novel. I loved the romance in the story and I could feel myself smiling at points in the book as the images felt so real.

Once the main body of the story got going, Hope's Daughter was hard to put down and I found the plot totally unpredictable, which I love in a book, and I really didn't see the ending coming. The only slightly negative thing I have to say about this book was the chapter length, though that is probably personal as I hate stopping in the middle of a chapter and sometimes they just seemed to go on forever. That however is a minor issue that is made up with how engrossing the storyline is.

Over all I would recommend this book to everyone, even if this book usually isn't their genre as it is a great read and I can't wait to read the next instalment in Outlanders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great dystopian 29 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Hope's Daughter took me totally by surprise. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but what I got was so, so much more.

The world Cassie lives in is totally different from ours. It is set in the future after Earth has been destroyed, and the surviving humans live on a space station called Hope. The story starts with Cassie as she is sitting her exams when a boy across the room catches her eye. She has known Balik for years, has noticed he is very reserved and doesn't say much. Except today, when he draws her into conversation and Cassie can't help but take him all in.

Cassie and Balik are together for work placement and Cassie finds herself looking forward to the time they get to spend together. At first she doesn't notice the subtle changes in her feelings, how Balik can seem to see straight inside her and his soft questions probe her mind. It seems the more time she spends with Balik, the more curious her parents become of him.

It isn't until Cassie's best friend elopes to the Married Quarter that she begins to really question what is going on around her...and if they dreams she has been having, and the voices she hears, are really true after all.

Hope's Daughter had me on the edge of my seat from...oh, page two. I loved the way Cassie slowly fell for Balik, how it wasn't a sudden eruption of feelings and instant love. The book is written in soft, dreamy prose that enchant the reader and lull them into a false sense of security. And then the author rips the rug out from under us.

In the best possible way, this book creeped the heck out of me. All the hairs on the back of my neck stuck up and I almost felt like I was being watched, that somehow I was being observed through my Kindle, my reactions recorded for data.
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I sat and read this book in just a couple of sittings, which is unusual for me. The characters were described in such detail that you really cared about what was happening to them and what was going on in their world. The setting was a really interesting concept and again was drawn so clearly that you could picture where the characters were and the physical environment they were experiencing. The growing sense of menace as the book moves along grips you and keeps you reading, you start to notice the odd things about Cassie's world and you want to know the explanation behind them. The twist in the tale near the end was excellent and set the scene for the second installment. I'm looking forward to it already!
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I really rather enjoyed Hope's Daughter. It is a romantic YA sci-fi novel. However, the emphasis should be very strongly placed on romantic. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sadie Forsythe
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, enjoyable and a very thought provoking read for any age...
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Published 15 months ago by Rachel Waterworth
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Cassie and the remains of humanity live on an immense space station, taken from earth when environmental disaster wipes out the population. Read more
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Published on 8 Feb. 2013 by Chris Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Not What I'd Typically Read But Enjoyable
Having never read any sci-fi before I wasnt sure if I would enjoy Hope's Daughter. I'm pleased to say that I really did enjoy it and couldn't tear myself away from it towards the... Read more
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i loved this book!very imaginative ideas.i honestly didn't want to put it down and when i did it was all i could think about!
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