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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Echoes of Savanna by Lucinda Moebius (Book Review)

Title: Echoes of Savanna
(Book one in the Parent Generation)
Author: Lucinda Moebius
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink

About the book: Every generation has their defining moments, events that change history and turn the course of lives. Forever will the children of that generation be identified by those moments.

Savanna Taylor is a medical doctor in 2036, the same year terrorists release a series of plagues and viruses into the world. She is a nineteen year old Brain Trust whose task it is to find a cure for the diseases and develop vaccines to prevent their further spread. The world is thrown in turmoil and Savanna needs to find a way to survive with her sanity and family intact.

Can Savanna cope in a world in constant flux brought on by war and disease? Can she save the world and protect her loved ones or will she make the ultimate sacrifice? How will she be defined?

My thoughts:  This book starts out by throwing you right into the action. We meet Savanna as she is coming to work at an emergency clinic that has had a huge influx of smallpox victims.  A disease that the world thought it had eradicated. 

Savanna's DNA was altered by her father, a geneticist.  He has worked on creating babies for years because of the infertility that the world is experiencing.  The population is actually declining.  He has created a facility known as Haven that reaches out to (mainly) women and children who have addictions, been abused, need some sort of help.  Haven is completely self-contained - food, water, resources - all grown or obtained on the property.  You even have to go through special sanitizing showers upon entering and "containerize" all outside belongings until it is time for you to leave.

Savanna is only working outside of Haven until she feels she has enough experience to go take over for her father.  This time comes too soon and the responsibility is thrust upon her.

This book was good in creating the world as it could be in 2036.  There is much dissension among the population due to governmental control. Much of the population is left homeless, hungry and without health insurance due to refusing to have a microchip implanted in them with all of their personal information.

Savanna doesn't experience much of this first hand as she lives in her self-contained bubble at Haven.  The outside world starts to infringe on Haven as transients become more desperate in their search for food.  Savanna and her family are separated because of the situation that seems to be escalating every day.

Savanna is only nineteen when the book starts - and as we know she is a genius because she is already a doctor - she is still only nineteen, a teenager.  She seemed too mature for a nineteen-year-old though.  I never felt that she was that young.  The book covers the first 10-12 years fairly slowly with lots of detail and many different things happening both to Savanna and the world, but then all of sudden the next 5-6 years are jumped through and the book ends.  It just seemed like the ending was rushed, especially since this is just the first book in the series.   That would probably be my only criticism.  I definitely want to know what else could possibly happen in the next book.

~I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from Media Guests in exchange for my review.~

About the author: Lucinda Moebius grew up in the mountains of Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Her mother taught her to read when she was four years old and since that time books have been her constant companions. She has a Bachelors Degree in English Teaching, a Masters in Educational Leadership, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education. Lucinda supports her writing habit by teaching High School and College. She currently lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and their dog and cat. Lucinda is the author of Echoes of Savanna, a Haven Novel, part of the Parent Generation.
 You can connect with her at her website, blog, and facebook.

Echoes of Savanna (Parent Generation)
Publisher/Publication Date: Stonehouse Ink, Aug 2010
ISBN: 978-0982770535
400 pages

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