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World of Shell and Bone (Glimpsing Stars #1): A Dystopian by [Falls, S.K.]
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A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, Adriana Ryan enjoys alternately hitting up the outlet malls and historic graveyards in Charleston, SC where she lives and imbibes coffee. Her husband and two small children seem not to mind when she hastily scribbles novel lines on stray limbs in the absence of notepads. Since no writer’s biography is complete without mention of her menagerie of animals, she'd like to note that she has one dog that doubles as a footstool, a second that functions as a vacuum cleaner, and a cat that ensures she never forgets that her hands are, first and foremost, for pouring cat food.

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  • Language: English
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So first of all I should totally admit I messed up and read Moon which is 1.5 in the Glimpsing Stars Series first. But on a good note it definitely did not spoil my enjoyment of Bk#1 as Moon concentrates on "Moon" as the main character, whereas in World Of Shell And Bone the main characters are really the Cannon family.
So as I had read Moon previously I had an inkling I was going to love this book too! As I knew I already enjoyed S.K. Falls writing style, I will say my expectations were even higher for this book. when I started reading it I really hated it every single time I had to put it down! In fact I even took my kindle to read in the college car park whilst waiting to pick my daughter up! I was totally hooked.

I purchased this title in e-book format from Amazon.co.uk after I finished reading Moon in the Darkest Worlds Anthology. So the cover features a woman, presumably Vika in a gorgeous dress holding a bird cage. I think the bird cage could be there to represent how people are literally in cages, in that if they step out of line they can be sent to be gassed. Also women are the rulers of society. It's a total role reversal of our present day society. Men are more considered homemakers and somewhat second class citizens.
Would the cover alone make me want to read the book? Being totally truthful no. The cover would maybe make me want to learn more about the book. Though it's the blurb that would totally sell me the book.
The book is set in a place called New Amana, which is plainly dying daily. The air is at times un-breathable, the rain burns the skin like acid. It is a society ruled by "higher ups" who decide who can have a place on a ship to a healthier place to live and who will stay behind and die.
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I love Dystopias and devour them religiously, but more than often writers want to exploit the trend for trilogies or tetralogies and drag a story leaving you with a cliff hanger and by the time the sequel comes out, you forgot about the first book and have to reread it, or don't bother with the sequel at all if a long time has passed since you read #1.

Well, World of Shell and Bone is refreshingly self-contained in one book and a gripping, angsty adventure set against a classic Dystopian totalitarian regime. In a post-nuclear american society where women rule, 20 year old Vika is matched with a Husband in order to satisfy its society's rules for procreating, by which women's worth is valued. Her Husband, meek and compliant (as all HouseHusbands should be) at start, proves to be more than she bargained for and helps her see the truth behind the totalitarian regime they live in. Vica has to make choices and take sides, overcoming her natural cowardliness and standoffishness.

World of Shell and Bone has fleshed out protagonists with internal struggles, external tribulations and life-changing decisions. It is a tale of developing conscience and empathy for others, choosing to do the right thing and thinking for oneself. Its a story of growth, escape, humanity and love.

Fans of Under the Never Sky, Dark Parties, Matched, Delirium, The Declaration and Birthmarked will love this World.
And maybe Adriana Ryan will surprise us and give us more one-off stories in the same World, that continue the plot lines and take it further, but doing something original and following new protagonists' stories rather than dragging the same ol' duo through thick and thin just to sell books, like most Dystopian writers do. Go Adriana Ryan!
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