Monday, June 22, 2015

G604 Book Review of Nature's Confession by J.L Morin

Name of Book: Nature's Confession

Author: J.L Morin

ISBN: 978-0-9895960-7-7

Publisher: Harvard Square Editions

Type of book: Climate fiction, busy-work, science fiction, growing up, coming of age, genius, cloning, nature, pollution, destruction, living on different planets, marriage, relationships

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

The award-winning epic tale of two teens in a fight to save a warming planet . . . the universe . . . and their love.

ROMANTIC CLI-FI ADVENTURE

‘Honestly, it’s not my fault. I didn’t mean to invent them. Humans were polluting the planet to desolation. What else could I do? I had to save her.'

Their planet is choked with pollution. THEY can’t do anything about it . . . or can they? When a smart-mouthed, mixed-race teen wonders why the work that needs to be done pays nothing compared to the busywork that’s glorified on holovision news, the search for answers takes him on the wildest journey of anyone’s lifetime. Just as the human race allows corporations to pollute Earth into total desolation, institute martial law and enslave humanity, the two teens set out to save civilization. Can they thwart polluters of Earth and other fertile worlds? The heroes come into their own in different kinds of relationships. On their team, six-legged Wuhvie, and Any Gynoid, who pushes the frontier of scientific discovery through the Big Bang to reveal . . . the most intimate confessions of Nature . . . . Will Starliament tear them from the project and unleash ‘intelligent’ life’s habitual pollution, or will youth lead the way to a new way of protecting Nature?


Hailed as one of the "12 works of Climate Fiction everyone should read", LitPick 5-Star-Review Award Winner, and an excerpt received an Eco-Fiction Story Contest Honorable Mention.

Characters:

There are a lot of main characters in the story such as Eleanor who is Kenza's and Boy's mother and is best described as a strong and a capable woman; there is also Kenza who is Eleanor's daughter and is intelligent and has high psychic energy; Boy is precocious, curious and a savant; Valentine is a mysterious girl who has her own motives and reasons for doing things, and Porter is Eleanor's bumbling husband who seems more trouble rather than useful.

Theme:

The world is full of possibilities

Plot:

The story is written in third person narrative from multiple characters' points of view, and first person narrative from Cuppy's poitn of view, and unfortunately there is very little warning as to when we switch characters which makes it for a bit of a frustrating read. I enjoy reading multiple characters' points of view, but I want there to be some sort of warnings when it comes to point of view switching. The summary of the book itself feels very misleading to me because it seems to be more about many things rather the promised romance, and I do feel that romance needs to be a bit more developed.

Author Information:
(from iRead Book Tours)
J.L Morin author pic
Meet the author:  

Novelist and rooftop farmer, JL Morin grew up in inner city Detroit and wrote her Japan novel, Sazzae as her thesis at Harvard. It was a Gold medalist in the eLit Book Award, and a Living Now Book Award winner. She took to the road, traveling around the world, worked as a TV newscaster, and wrote three more novels. Adjunct faculty at Boston University, J. L. Morin, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011. She is the author of Travelling Light, and ‘Occupy’s 1st bestselling novel’ Trading Dreams, a humorous story that unmasks hypocrisy in the banking industry and tosses corruption onto the horns of the Wall Street bull. She writes for the Huffington Post, and Library Journal, Sustainable Cites Collective, and has written for The Harvard Advocate, Harvard Yisei, Detroit News, Agence France-Presse, Cyprus Weekly, European Daily, Livonia Observer Eccentric Newspapers, the Harvard Crimson and others.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


Opinion:

In beginning I really enjoyed the story because its unique and I also liked how realistic it felt, that the story matches the way the technology develops (anyone notice how dependent we are on google for everything?) which makes it easier for people who are not fans of science fiction or who are new to the genre to connect with the story. I found the development of society unique and something to be commended for. However, as the story continued on, I admit that I really got lost as to the plot lines and how its supposed to work. There is time travel of sorts in the story, but how does it impact the present of the story? Towards the end there is a bit more clarity and I found myself liking the story once more, especially the lessons that the main character tells them.

This is for iRead Book Tours

Tour Schedule:

June 15 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
June 15 - Book Stop Corner - review / author interview / giveaway
June 18 - fuonlyknew - review / giveaway
June 19 - The Autistic Gamer - review 
June 22 - Nighttime Reading Center - review / author interview / giveaway
June 22-  Svetlana's Read and Views - review
June 23 - Rockin' Book Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
June 23 - #redhead.with.book - review 
June 24 - 3 Partners in Shopping - review / giveaway
June 25 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
June 26 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review / author interview / giveaway
June 28 - Coffee, Books & Art - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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