Wednesday, February 17, 2016

"Shatterworld" by Lelia Rose Foreman

About this book:

  Fleeing persecution and low on fuel, religious refugees from Old Earth find themselves stranded on a planet with a dark history. The promise of a future is shadowed by a dreadful past.
  Twelve-year-old Rejoice Holly is expected to someday become a farmer's wife, and set aside her dreams of astronomy. But the discovery that their Promised Land is already inhabited isn't helping her struggle between duty and dreams. Peace seems precarious, and the voice of reason is being silenced by one of fear.
  As a new danger looms, the friendship or enmity forged could save or doom them all. Will the colonists and natives be able to set aside their differences for the sake of survival? “”

Series: I believe so.

Spiritual Content- Prayers; Scriptures are quoted & mentioned; Talks about God, His will & being vain; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Many mentions of prayers, fasting & hymns; Mentions of praising & thanking God; Mentions of God & Christ; Mentions of the Lord’s day; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, Bible studies & sermons; Mentions of those in the Bible; Mentions of Christians being persecuted; Mentions of sins & pride; “God be with you” and “God bless you” are said many times; Every adult is called Brother or Sister; Everyone is named after a biblical phrase or concept;
*Note: Stronghold doesn’t believe in God; “I’ll have to stay damned” is said; A couple mentions of a person named “Thou Hadsn’t Been Damned”; A mention of Hell’s gate; A mention of primitive squids; A couple mentions of the Kraken; A talk that “Sometimes [God] calls us to die.”.  

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘butt into’, a ‘butting in’, a ‘gah’, an ‘idiot’, two ‘shut up’s, five ‘stupid’s; Sarcasm & Eye rolling; Tantrums, Hating & (verbal) Fighting; Pain, Blood, Injuries, & Knives (semi-detailed); Mentions of killing & limbs being cut off (up to semi-detailed); A couple mentions of suicide; A couple mentions of a girl who died from leukemia.

Sexual Content- Rejoice doesn’t intent to get married; Mentions of who-likes-who, gawking, boys & boy-crazy girls; Mentions of marriages; Mentions of miscarriages, babies conceived & birth control; A few mention of breeding; A mention of hormones.

-Rejoice (in the Lord’s Salvation) Holly, age 12-13
                                        P.O.V. switches between her, Ur-Veena, and others
                                                        172 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
{Add 1-2 Stars for girls who like Sci-Fi/Fantasy}
Well, this was…interesting. This book had a fair chance with me, as I kept my mind open to the Sci-Fi aspects—a genre I don’t read much—however, the alien/squid/crab things was more than a bit weird to me. Okay, positive elements first then what I wasn’t a fan of. Quite a bit of Spiritual Content (though I didn’t agree with everything said). The author did a pretty good job painting the picture and scenery (though some parts could have been turned down in details). For the parts I wasn’t a fan of: The alien/squid/crab things. (I was not expecting those things at all and since I couldn’t picture them (even though the author describes them), I ended up skimming all the parts with the creatures in it.) The talking between Rejoice, her people and the hexacrabs reminded me of the whole caveman grunting (which/who I don’t believe existed) (Example: “Exist under feet this, then rock”). The names. Oh goodness, the names. Very over the top. (Examples: Rejoice in the Lord’s Salvation Holly. Be Still and Know That I AM God Hardesty. No Confidence in the Flesh Cruz. (Brother) Grace to the Humble Hammer. Blessed in the Pure in Heart Olson. While I’m sure the author meant well, it just didn’t come across well to me.) Everyone was supposed to be equal, like once when Rejoice’s mom put up a wreath on the door, she was called vain. Yet, they all dress the same and have the same screens (tablets?). I wasn't a fan of any of the adults and had a hard time knowing who-is-who.
While I’m sure others have/will enjoyed this one, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

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