Monday, February 3, 2014

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy by Sandy Nathan review

Tomorrow morning at 7:35 AM, a nuclear holocaust will destroy the planet. Two people carry the keys to survival: Jeremy Edgarton, a 16-year-old, tech genius and revolutionary; and Eliana, the angelic, off-world traveler sent to Earth on a mission to prevent her planet's death.

Welcome to a future world only heartbeats from our own.

By the late 22nd century, the Great Recession of the early 2000s has lead to a worldwide police state. A ruined United States barely functions. Government control masks chaos, dissenters are sent to camps, and technology is outlawed. War rages while the authorities proclaim the Great Peace.

It's New York City on the eve of nuclear Armageddon.

Join Eliana & Jeremy as they begin a quest to save two doomed planets . . . and find each other.

Review by: Scott

4 stars

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy by Sandy Nathan is a unique story for certain. It starts out reading like a young adult novel featuring a stranger to the planet. The stranger is a young girl who is an amazing dancer, but doesn't really understand the way Earth works. When she is mistaken for a Russian ballerina and taken to a prestigious dance academy she meets several people that guide her through her visit.

The way the Earth works is very reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984 with television screens having cameras in them for the government to watch over you. The internet is pretty much illegal and only certain people are allowed to have access in order to tightly control information. At the academy the girl meets up with some people who are planning a way to get America back to what it used to be.

The book takes a look into what the future could be and adds a bit of sci-fi to it with a visitor from beyond. Sandy did an excellent job with this story although at times I felt it slowed down a little too much. That didn't happen often enough to really have a negative effect on the overall appeal of the book. This is another author whose work is worth looking into.

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