Book & Author details:
Spectacle by S.J. Pierce
Publication date: July 13th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Hunger Games meets Avatar in this spellbinding new Young Adult, Science-Fiction novel by bestselling author Susan James Pierce.
Two hundred years after the Great Disaster, the day earthquakes ravaged Earth’s landscapes, humanity has finally regrouped and is working toward a better future. But in New America – one of three remaining landmasses – the threat of overpopulation makes a better future seem bleaker by the year.
Mira (Mirabella) Foster and her parents are citizens of New America, and with the threat of starvation and disease looming on the horizon, a new discovery threatens to push everyone to the brink of chaos: blue markings develop on people’s skin. Markings that allow them to camouflage their skin, but also make them feared, and eventually, targets of violence.
Mira’s dad is one of them.
When the blurb says “Hunger Games meets Avatar”, that is a big claim. One which is not entirely fulfilled. However, there is a lot to like about this book.
I should say that the story was not what I expected. The initial set up is attention grabbing, and the main protagonists captured my imagination. Skip forward, and we are dropped into the reality which the initial events set into motion. And it’s here that, for me at least, the narrative deviates from the formula. Mira is not, for the most part, a strong female protagonist. She is not romantically involved with the main male lead. And the spontaneous action he takes sparks a surprising turn in the story.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read, though it didn’t live up to the headline billing.
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