Author: Yvonne Anderson
Genre(s): Science fiction; Fantasy
Adventurous and a thought provoking parallel of the American society
Stillwaters captures your attention with a tragic opening. Readers get a glimpse into the feral childhood of Jem and the neglect she endures from her only family members. Having grown up in the rural country of her unique planet, Jem is forced to care for herself under terrible living conditions because her father wants nothing to do with her. It is very clear that she has developed a tough exterior to prevent herself from getting hurt by anyone else and to survive the tough terrain of her home. The one person she finds herself vulnerable with is her brother. Jem's character reminds me of so many people who must maintain a solid exterior, but who ultimately have the some of the most loving hearts. It is clear she feels very strong for her brother and it was heartwarming to witness his kindness towards her, despite the rest of their family's cruelty.
After what appears to be a normal day for Jem and her brother, Jem ends up encountering a heart-wrenching situation that lands her in the City's medical care center. From this moment on, the story shifts focus while she embarks on a new adventure. Although the tragic beginning was difficult to digest, that part of the plot helped readers understand the amount of growth Jem experienced as her journey progressed.
Yvonne has a fantastic way of setting each scene with vivid details that engross you into the world she has created. I could picture exactly what Jem's planet looked like and how although it is vastly different from our own planet, there were still structural similarities I could relate it to. It is clear Yvonne utilized this novel to discuss a variety of topics that run parallel to organized religion, geographical cultures, and hierarchical societies. Doing this can be incredibly tricky because the parallel often ends up merging into a blurred reflection. However, Yvonne has a very keen eye for creating a unique plot premise that entails a variety of humanistic issues while still making the story relatable.
I think a variety of individuals would enjoy this novel as it encompasses many different scenarios that provoke insightful thinking. It also follows a strong female lead who manages to overcome a lot of obstacles throughout her adventures.
How did she rise from the shrouds of obscurity to become one of the world’s most influential figures? The enigmatic author J. S. Freeman breaks her long silence and tells the whole tale.
In Stillwaters, the first of her three-part story, she brings us into the steamy, untamed land of her feral birth. When the City invaders capture her—they call it a rescue, but it sure doesn’t feel like it—her first life ends. She wants only to run free again on Freemansland, but circumstances take her ever farther from home, until one snowy day, her second life ends as well.
Come and see. The truth she tells is better than her fiction.
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