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Stranger got a starred review in Kirkus!

Naruto: Super-energized!
Yes, it’s another post-apocalyptic series opener, but it’s infused with a generous spirit—call it a utopian dystopia.

The small, walled community of Las Anclas bears little resemblance to Los Angeles, whose ancient ruins sprawl nearby. To Ross, a badly wounded prospector fleeing a powerful enemy, it’s paradise compared to what he’s used to—to its residents, not so much. Yuki misses the freedom of the wild ocean and dreams of escaping with Paco. Engineer Mia loves blowing things up, but she feels socially awkward. Felicité, the daughter of the mayor and defense chief, knows precisely what she wants: to make half of a power couple with Indra, Jennie’s boyfriend. Jennie herself is delighted to be chosen as a Ranger, the town’s elite defense corps; she’d feared that prejudice against the Changed, people like her who’ve acquired strange powers, made her a long shot. Mia and Jennie, best friends, find themselves attracted to secretive Ross. Characterization is rich and stereotype-free. For gays and lesbians, sexual orientation is neither more nor less a defining characteristic than it is for heterosexuals. Equally exceptional is the depiction of conflict. The confusing adrenaline rush of war is followed by PTSD, its lingering afterimage. The five dynamic narrators and action-packed plot deliver thrills while slyly undermining genre clichés.

A first-rate page turner that leaves its own compelling afterimage.

Crossposted to http://rachelmanija.dreamwidth.org/1158000.html. Comment here or there.

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asakiyume
Aug. 21st, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
Awwww yisssss!

movingfinger
Aug. 21st, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
EEEEEEE! That's wonderful!
egelantier
Aug. 21st, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
yay! awesome review! congratulations :D
pameladean
Aug. 21st, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
That's a glorious review. And so clueful!

P.
gwynnega
Aug. 21st, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
Excellent!!
marzipan_pig
Aug. 21st, 2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
I just checked out my local library to see if they had you on order and YES plus I am the 4th in line which means 3 others are in line for it too. THIS IS NOT TO SAY I WOULD NOT BUY IT TOO just, local library accessibility is important to me esp for queer ya books.
rachelmanija
Aug. 21st, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's nice! At least three random people want to read it.
dancinghorse
Aug. 21st, 2014 08:17 pm (UTC)
YES! YAY!
wordsofastory
Aug. 21st, 2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, awesome! Congratulations!
anglerfish07
Aug. 21st, 2014 09:39 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!! :D What a wonderful review!
alessandriana
Aug. 21st, 2014 10:22 pm (UTC)
Congrats!! And starred, even. :D
sovay
Aug. 22nd, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
A first-rate page turner that leaves its own compelling afterimage.

Congratulations!
nineweaving
Aug. 22nd, 2014 09:32 am (UTC)
Huzzah!

Nine
rurounitriv
Aug. 22nd, 2014 02:20 pm (UTC)
W00t! You don't get much better than a starred review in Kirkus!
evalangui
Aug. 22nd, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
Wow. That´s one hell of a review!
klwilliams
Aug. 22nd, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
It's a great novel. I'm not surprised it got a great review.
estara
Aug. 22nd, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
*victory sign with bonus fist pump*
jinian
Aug. 22nd, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
*\o/*
chomiji
Aug. 23rd, 2014 12:36 am (UTC)

\o/

Also, of course it "slyly undermin[es] genre clichés." It's yours — what else would it do?

rachelmanija
Aug. 23rd, 2014 12:37 am (UTC)
Between me and Sherwood, a lot of cliches get undermined. ;)
tool_of_satan
Aug. 23rd, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
That was a load-bearing cliche!
tool_of_satan
Aug. 23rd, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
Nice!
shveta_thakrar
Aug. 25th, 2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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