April 4, 2012

The White Lilac by Christina J. Adams

Life on Beta Earth in 2734 is certainly very different than life on Earth now but one issue looms large. There is a deadly sickness that affects the population and special genetically altered humans are trained from birth to harvest the cure from the deadly waters of Beta Earth. After a competition against others raised to harvest the cure, fifteen year old Caryn Tobin becomes the next one chosen to save Beta Earth.

Sheltered in The Compound where she was trained Caryn has never visited the city of Highton City. But since gathering the cure is fatal, the mayor of Highton has given Caryn three days to visit her city and experience life as a normal girl for the first time ever. The Compound reluctantly agrees as long as Caryn is escorted while in the city. Caryn chooses Kai Garrett, an orphaned boy that’s been living on the streets narrowly escaping a life of crime by seeking shelter in the water whenever he’s threatened.

Together Caryn and Kai experience life’s little pleasures while they accidentally uncover the truth behind the sickness, the cure and The Compound.

The White Lilac immediately drew me into the world of Beta Earth and Caryn just like if I was there. It was a fast paced read that kept me glued to the pages. The story is told in first person form from Caryn’s point of view and third person form from Kai’s point of view. It was a unique way to relate the story but I think it shed a little more light on the story than it would have any other way. I enjoyed the political and scientific aspects in the story but found the ending just a little too predictable. Overall it was a great read that I highly recommend to all sci-fi readers.


Anonymous said...

Great review! I loved this book. So glad it's getting read by others too!