Monday, January 19, 2015
Jaded - Review
Jaded (Nirvana series 1) by Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Source: Provided by author
Description: Sixteen year old Jade is content living in Nirvana dealing with her feelings for her best friend Ty and trying to decide which parent's life path she wants to follow. That is until her Grandmother Ruby dies and leaves Jade a diary containing secrets she wishes she didn't know. Now Jade is faced with a crushing decision - Go and leave everyone she's ever known and risk exile and blindness or stay and live a lie.
Why I Picked This Book:I'm trying to read more outside my standard genres and I liked the mystery mixed with the SciFi. Plus I had enjoyed a short story collection (In Death) by this author.
Pro: I liked how Gillespie fleshed out Nirvana. I really could visualize what the compound looked like. It's well drawn with just enough characters to really bring it to life but not so many that it's impossible to keep them straight. The rules of Nirvana were interesting and laid out nicely. I found the whole issue with children and life paths interesting and gave a real reason for Jade to feel torn. When Jade is faced with a very serious life and death decision I thought she behaved very realistically - at times wishing she didn't know what was really going on. There's some interesting twists and turns and I definitely wanted to keep reading to see where the story was going. Jade is a sympathetic and interesting character as are her parents, Peaches and Ty.
Con: I got a bit impatient during the last 1/3 of the book. While I appreciated how difficult the decision was I wanted steps to start being taken one way or the other. This led to a little too much dialogue with friends and family as well as internally.
Overall: This was an interesting read and while not quite my usual reading I still enjoyed it. This is definitely the first book in the series. While the ending wasn't necessarily a cliffhanger we're left with a lot of questions.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes, while not my favorite genre, I'm curious to see what happens with Jade and her friends and family.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes, especially if you enjoy YA and dystopian-type books.
Challenges Met? Alphabet Soup (J)