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The Rainbow Maker's Tale (The Ambrosia Sequence) Kindle Edition
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It's an interesting choice for a sequel, and it fills in a lot of the blanks from the first book. I really liked Balik's logical self-sufficient approach to life, and his approach to solving problems. He learns that trusting someone isn't a weakness, but a strength - indeed, towards the end of the book, Cassie has to save him.
The world building was as strong as Hope's Daughter, and this time we got to see more of the way the station worked. At the climax of the book, there's a brutal torture sequence that makes me glad I've never upset the author enough to be interrogated by her!
It's obvious Cusick-Jones has done her homework on medical and technological procedures - all the technology and biological information seem logical and consistent with what's going on. The pacing was good as well, the characters always on the move and the chapters never lingering too long.
It did suffer a little though, from knowing what was going on in Hope's Daughter, and knowing how it played out. Although the books can be read in any order, you really need to read Hope's Daughter first. For instance, the characters mention "The Collective", which won't mean anything if you hadn't read HD.
There were a few typos that caught my eye as well - the most jarring was when Cassie says her friends have gone to the retirement quarter, not the marriage quarter, and there were a few run-on sentences that needed full stops and not commas - but nothing too major.
Looking forward to seeing where Cusick-Jones goes with the next book in the series!
I read Hope's Daughter last year and was really excited to hear from the author who offered me the chance to review The Rainbow Maker's Tale! The book follows Balik and his life on the Space Station Hope as he becomes increasingly suspicious of his surroundings.
This book is billed as 1.5 in the series, as it's effectively the first book but told from Balik's perspective. Theoretically you could probably read this book first or on its own, but I'd recommend reading Hope's Daughter beforehand. I found myself drawing on knowledge from the first book and I think it really helped that the world was familiar, plus you get double the enjoyment reading both books! Saying that, I definitely enjoyed The Rainbow Maker's Tale more than Hope's Daughter so hurry up and get to this one!
The Rainbow Maker's Tale is told in first person from Balik's point of view. I wasn't too sure about him as a character in the first book, but it's amazing how much of a difference it makes being able to get inside his head! Balik has this great internal monologue throughout the book which really helps you get to know him and the way he thinks. He's a very interesting character. He's angry, socially awkward and very intelligent, and has this strong determination and drive. I think being able to clearly understand his motives made me like him more than I would have otherwise.
I thought the relationship between Cassie and Balik was expanded on really well in The Rainbow Maker's Tale. Getting to know Balik's back story and his feelings for Cassie, and why he's so desperate to befriend her was something I liked. For Balik, Cassie is someone who can help him get answers. He has all these questions about the environment they're in, and he becomes obsessed with discovering more about what's really going on. In turn, that becomes an obsession with Cassie. I think if you disregard the romantic side of things, I could totally understand his fascination with her, and he himself defines it as an obsession. He also understands how socially isolated he is and I think his awkwardness is portrayed well. I think some people may find it a little bit of an uncomfortable relationship at times when it does venture into more than friends territory (a few lines made me a bit squirmy) but for the most part I was on board. There's a great, dramatic scene about halfway through the book as well where I really felt the connection between Balik and Cassie.
What I loved about Hope's Daughter and what I still love about this series is the incredible world which has been created. Life on SS Hope is so rigorously controlled, with everything from the environment, to where they live, to the nutrition they're given and Balik is so in tune to what's happening around him. All the time is that constant feeling that more is going on and it had that brilliant, unnerving quality that I love about dystopian fiction. Even thought I knew what was coming from having read Hope's Daughter, I still got wrapped up in all the little mysteries.
The writing was definitely a highlight of The Rainbow Maker's Tale and I found it to be a huge improvement from the first book. The pacing was perfect and the writing slick and engaging. It's been a while since I read Hope's Daughter so I didn't find the overlapping of storylines too much of a problem. In fact I liked being able to spot moments and scenes from the first book! Everything came flooding back to me, and I loved getting the added information from Balik's story. The climax was my highlight because it leaves so many questions about what will happen next. I can't wait to find out! The Rainbow Maker's Tale has definitely got me excited for the rest of the series.
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This book could be divided in two really different half. The first part passes slowly mainly because Balik has long moments filled with thoughts and theories. This half was a bit difficult to read despite that presents some new information. Balik has a fast and logical mind but somehow he manages to have long and deep conversations with himself, those were what make it a slow reading. He has this suspicious personality and he questions the whole thing. He looks for hidden meanings in everything Cassie does or says and it gets annoying at times.
The second half is way better. When the action begins in the story we get to see a different Balik. A more practical and strong young man decided to do anything to protect Cassie. I like more this side of him and this part of the story because it has more action and emotion.
A good thing of this book was the chance to see Balik and Cassie fall in love again. Their love is so sweet and pure that is almost impossible not to like them. Seeing her from his eyes was amazing, we discovered a more vulnerable and intriguing Cassie and we understand why they are together.
As I said, the book has two different rhythms one faster than the other. It has a great writing style as the first and the words flow naturally. If you get to pass the first half you surely will enjoy the rest of the book.
Overall, The Rainbow Maker’s Tale is a good book that shows us scenes we missed the first time. If you liked Hope’s Daughter you should read this one.
*** I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange of an honest review. ***
It’s an interesting choice for a sequel, and it fills in a lot of the blanks from the first book. I really liked Balik’s logical self-sufficient approach to life, and his approach to solving problems. He learns that trusting someone isn’t a weakness, but a strength – indeed, towards the end of the book, Cassie has to save him.
The world building was as strong as Hope’s Daughter, and this time we got to see more of the way the station worked. At the climax of the book, there’s a brutal torture sequence that makes me glad I’ve never upset the author enough to be interrogated by her!
It’s obvious Cusick-Jones has done her homework on medical and technological procedures – all the technology and medical information seem logical and consistent with what’s going on. The pacing was good as well, the characters always on the move and the chapters never lingering too long.
It did suffer a little though, from knowing what was going on in Hope’s Daughter, and knowing how it played out. Although the books can be read in any order, you really need to read Hope’s Daughter first. For instance, the characters mention "The Collective", which won’t mean anything if you hadn’t read HD.
There were a few typos that caught my eye as well – the most jarring was when Cassie says her friends have gone to the retirement quarter, not the marriage quarter, and there were a few run-on sentences that needed full stops and not commas – but nothing too major.
Looking forward to seeing where Cusick-Jones goes with the next book in the series!