Thursday, April 22, 2010

Joelle Anthony; Restoring Harmony




ARC



  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (May 13, 2010)
Synopsis
The year is 2041, and for sixteen year old Molly McClure, her life now is pretty much the same as it’s always been. She was only six when The Collapse of ’31 happened, ending life as the world’s population had known it. For grown-ups everywhere, the changes in their daily routines since The Collapse are a constant source of anxiety and worry. Not to mention bitterness at what they feel they’ve been cheated out of; abundant food and goods, ease of travel and communication, and financial security.

In Molly’s opinion, adults spend way too much time talking about the good old days. Sporadic electricity, bicycles, horses, solar powered tractors, sewing, cooking and farm work are all Molly’s ever really known, so she doesn’t waste a lot of energy worrying about what things used to be like. Life after The Collapse is just normal for her. At least until she finds herself forced to leave the comfort of her home and small island in British Columbia to travel down to Oregon.

What starts out as a quick trip to the United States to convince her grandfather to come back to Canada and be the island’s doctor, turns into a rescue mission, a test of Molly’s strengths, ingenuity, and sheer determination. She faces an unknown world where people are hungry, desperate, and sometimes even ruthless. But she also meets many helpful people, makes new friends, and is tested in ways she couldn’t have imagined.

Will a farm girl like Molly survive in this upturned world? Will she be able to return with her grandpa in time for him to help her ailing mother? And just how much will she have to compromise to succeed in getting back to British Columbia with her grandparents?

My Review

 Restoring Harmony was like magic on paper. I actually felt as if I lived in 2041. Molly was the perfect Heroine with out even trying. While sent off to find her grandfather her journey began. The world that was created was Brilliant and Believable. You could feel all of Molly's struggles. The writing was smooth and didn't falter. The trip to her grandfather's was a trip she will never forget. She met Spill along the way. He was a praiseworthy character who was mysterious and generous. What a wonderful read! I just want to go on and on. Yet I don't want to give anything away.  I am buying a hardcopy to add to my shelves. Don't just label this a YA book this crosses over into any generation. This is one of the best books I have read this year!  I can't wait to read more from Joelle Anthony! 

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A Big thank you to Joelle who is participating in the Birthday Phenomenon and giving me a chance to read her wonderful book Restoring Harmony.
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36 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

"Magic on paper"? Really? This glowing recommendation has me running to my TBR pile.

Christa Holland said...

I was already intrigued by this book... but "magic on paper" is a super recommendation. : ) I like dystopic-type novels & this seems to fit into that category. Plus, its nice that it's addressing what would happen if the economy nose-dived. I'm curious as to how Joelle Anthony portrays it & how her character(s) deal with it.

Katelyn said...

This book has been on my TBR list ever since I heard about it, I was so happy to read your positive review...I can't wait to read it for myself!

Readerly Person said...

Never heard of this book, but I am always in the market for intriguing futuristic dystopia. This is definitely going on my to-read list.

- Rebecca

Katie said...

Wow! What a recommendation! I will have to add it to my wish list since I have put myself on a self imposed book buying hiatus.

Thanks!

Robin K said...

Sounds like a fantastic book. I love your review and now I need to read it too :)

Adriana said...

This sounds like a great book. I already have it on my list to read, so I can't wait. I really love the simplicity of the cover.

elizabeth said...

Awesome review! I have this book on my wishlist :) Hope to read it soon. I'm glad that you liked it so much.

Andrea said...

"magic on paper" totally sold me. I have to read this book now!

bookaholic said...

You have just created an appetite in me for the book!! I mean-'magic on paper'? How can anyone miss out on that?

YzhaBella (aka Kate) said...

" Restoring Harmony was like magic on paper. I actually felt as if I lived in 2041."

That's it! That's all I needed to here! Adding to my TBR pile for sure!


Thanks for the great review!
Thanks!
Kate aka YzhaBella's BookShelf

Cate said...

Just put this up as my Wishlist Wednesday...it looks SO GOOD. Love dystopians! Great review!

The Library Lurker said...

Wow, this book sounds great! I can't wait for it to come out! Great review.

WilowRaven said...

"Magic on paper" sounds awesome! This book is on my wishlist. Thanks for the review!

Snazel said...

Oh, this sounds lovely! ANd I'm a fan of the canadian Heroine. :D

Bere said...

Wonderful review, Liz! This is the first time I've heard about this one. Definitely sounds fantastic and I would love to read it. I just added it to my list!

Mary_not_Martha said...

Wow, sounds great. Leaves me wondering about the main character. You've got my attention...

Giada M said...

Thank you for your review!^O^ This book sounds fabulous! I love your review and I'll definitely read it soon!^O^

Giada M.

fabgiada @ gmail.com

Kris (Voracious YAppetite) said...

I've been wanting to read this one and your review just makes me want to read it more. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

This one sounds so interesting! I'm lined up for it on Around the World Tours, so I can't wait to read it.

Great review!

Brodie said...

You had me at " magic on paper."! Okay, the synopsis had me. But you pulled me in even further and now I don't even have a choice whether to read it or not. I need it. It sounds awesome! I am loving dystopians, they're now a new favourite!

YA Vampire Books said...

Sounds really interesting - and I really like the cover!

kstobias0385 said...

This is going on my TBR list as of right now! I love dystopian novels! I'm dying to pick this up now! Thanks for the find!

Erika said...

great review! it sounds like you really enjoyed this one :) i think i should get myself a copy

linz said...

This sounds so different from a lot of the books out there now. Great review.

Charlotte said...

another one for my list--thanks!

Evgenia said...

After that great review I can't wait to read this book. It's sounds amazing! I think that I'll love Molly
and Spill.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

This is such a convincing review, Liz! I'm convinced. :-)

Kirsten said...
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Kirsten said...

magic on paper? i wanna read it!! :D

Kirsten
p.kirsten.b@gmail.com

luiloth said...

This sounds like one for the must-read pile. I love this genre.

Kimberly H. said...

This book sounds like something I would really enjoy! Thanks for the great review!

Amy J - Book Addict said...

This sounds like a great read! thanks for the great review!

Amy J
djsfoyxlady@gmail.com

Tina said...

I'm not very into futuristic novels, but the review is great, and I think It'd may like me, so..I added it to mi wishlist!

ChickLitGirl said...

This sounds so good. Plus theres ROMANCE. Im a sucker for romance.

Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops said...

^ hahaha, ditto to the above comment about romance!

This sounds cool. Ive never tried a futuristic book before...I should! This sounds like a good one.