Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Lisa's Way by Robert Collins review

Teenager Lisa Herbert lives in the small town of Mountain View on the planet Fairfield. The “Savage Rain” decades earlier shut down the hyperspace gate and isolated her world. A casual remark from her sister gets Lisa to ask a simple question: “If life was better before the ‘Savage Rain,’ why couldn’t it be better again?”

That question starts Lisa on a journey. She reactivates Fairfield’s H-gate and travels to three worlds. Each planet offers her a chance to improve life by hard work, by trade, or by making friends. She relies on her brains, her compassion, and a little sneakiness to solve the problems she faces.

Lisa’s Way presents a heroine more interested in reasoning than fighting, and more concerned with doing good than looking good.

3 stars

Lisa's Way follows a young woman named Lisa.  She lives a pretty good life with her father, but her society pushes women into secondary roles.  The highest she could hope to rise is a teacher.  To Lisa this is totally unacceptable, she has dreams and an impressive intellect that is being wasted.  Her father is an important person and has coddled her a bit allowing her access to the family library which feeds her displeasure with her future role.

One day in the library she finds a book that talks about the portals that have been deactivated for a long time.  In times long past people could travel between worlds opening them up to new experiences and trade.  Learning to use the portal she decides that she is going to go through them and see what lies beyond.  Thus starts the biggest adventure anyone has had in hundreds of years...

The book has a good solid feel to it.  Lisa is a good character that it is easy to relate to.  She just feels that her dreams cannot be realized without significant change, so she sets out to change them.  The biggest issue with her is her lack of change through the book.  Despite having tasks she is set to accomplish at each stop on her journey, she never really runs up against any seemingly insurmountable odds.  What she needs to happen generally happens with a brief conversation and maybe a little trickery.

The worlds she visits are all relatively similar to her own, each with their own series of problems that can be traced back to when the portals were shutdown.  There are some good people that she meets along the journey that do add to the depth of the story.  Overall I think the book was decent and the premise solid, but the lack of any real twists to the story limited my enjoyment level a little bit.  Still this is a good book for a younger audience to show the value of determination is overcoming obstacles.

Pick up a copy on Amazon, Smashwords or get more info go to the author's blog.

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