I ventured, yet again, into the YA section of the library to pick up the first book in the "Healing Wars" series by Janice Hardy.
The plot is interesting and well thought-out, but because of my usual prejudices against YA, I struggled with it. You know you're being silly when you force yourself to read a chapter before bed because you just have to finish the dang thing. But you know, I'm a stubborn reader, and I plunged through.
That's not to say it doesn't have some merit - the peripheral characters are sweet, the concepts behind the book are thought-provoking, and the writer definitely has an intense imagination.
But the ongoing made-up slang that I cannot tolerate (except when Orson Scott Card does it) gave me a headache, and the main character (think Katniss Everdeen except without a bow and arrow) was so incredibly cliche. I mean, come on. How many big sisters with tough personalities and a sense of responsibility for everyone around are these writers gonna write?! Let's get a new heroine. Maybe a little sister. Or an only child. Or a kid who actually has fears? Would that work?
So, yeah. I guess I'm saying that it was an okay read. If you happen to love YA fantasy, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I really need to just give up on young adult fiction! I keep digging my own literature-ish grave. But don't worry... I quickly buried myself in Dan Brown's new book and I'm almost done. Review coming soon.