- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 875 KB
- Print Length: 314 pages
- Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (1 Dec. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006KLYIAG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #716,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hope's Daughter (The Ambrosia Sequence Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I adored Balik. He made a marvellous male lead. I vacillated on Cassie. Sometimes I loved her and other times I kind of wanted to slap her, mostly during her internal waffling moments. We spend a lot of time in Cassie's head, listening to her self doubts. Most of which are unfounded. Together, however, they made a strong dynamic duo that I was more than happy to follow.
The plot itself is an interesting one. However, I had two personal complaints on that front. One, there were a lot of convenient solutions to problems presenting themselves. It would be hard to go into details without spoilers, but answers seemed to come to Cassie instead of the other way around. Two, I had a hard time believing the twist with her 'father.' It required an unexplained and otherwise impossible change in someone that just didn't feel plausible to me. I get what the author was trying to do here in showcasing the power of love, etc. But it rang pretty false for me. Niether issue really detracted too much from my basic enjoyment of the book though.
It had a fairly slow start and there are a number of info-dumps, but it reads well, keeps you interested, and leaves you open to more. All in all, I'd be more than happy to recommend this book to young sci-fi lovers.
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.
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. Yes, I have a very active imagination. But also the author deserves one massive round of applause for making my imagination run away with itself.
This book had me constantly guessing what was going to happen next. It had more than enough plot twists and turns, and beautiful character development. I fell head over heels for these characters, and Balik, I simply adore you.
Read this book and love it. As far as YA dystopians go...it's up there with Divergent. Seriously.
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