Title: True CallingAuthor: Siobhan DavisGenre: YA Science FictionPublication: July 28, 2014Pages: 410
Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17 year old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.
As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.
Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.
First of all, let me state that simply categorizing this book as YA Science Fiction is supremely misleading. It’s quite the mixture of Romance, Coming-of-Age, Post-Apocalyptic, and bits of Fantasy.
Davis creates a new world for readers to traverse that fits quite seamlessly with what one would assume a government created society would entail: advanced technology, physically and mentally ideal occupants, and relatively similar landscaping to that of Earth which has consequently been somewhat evacuated due to its tired resources. Seems quite idyllic if you ask the government. Of course if you ask the people…population control in the form of a forced reality-TV-style breeding program call The Calling, memory erasing technology, and constant monitoring aren’t exactly what they signed up for when they agreed to leave their planet.
The ever popular love triangle…think you’ve read that story before do you? Ah, but do not scoff so soon. True Calling puts a whole new spin on the classic dilemma of who will she choose. On the one hand, Ariana has Cal: gorgeous fellow cadet on Novo. On the other, she has Zane: the boy from her past that she has no memories of and who is a constant visitor in her dreams.
Although the book was quite slow-paced at times, I enjoyed the slow exploration of the main characters mixed in with the fast pace events surrounding the uprising of Earth’s inhabitants that were left behind. The book switches back and forth between two points of view and I must say that I definitely enjoyed that of Ariana’s far more than that of Zane’s.
True Calling will appeal to those that enjoy cross-genre reading of the YA persuasion. 3.5 quills!
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