Author: C.J. Darlington
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Mountainview Books’ website description of Jupiter Winds:
In 2160, a teenager becomes the bait to capture her missing revolutionary parents she thinks are long dead.
Grey Alexander has one goal—to keep herself and her younger sister Orinda alive. Not an easy feat living unconnected in the North American Wildlife Preserve, where they survive by smuggling contraband into the Mazdaar government’s city zones. If the invisible electric border fence doesn’t kill them, a human-like patrol drone could.
When her worst fear comes true, Grey questions everything she she thought she knew about life, her missing parents, and God. Could another planet, whose sky swirls with orange vapors and where extinct-on-Earth creatures roam free, hold the key to reuniting her family?
I really enjoyed this book. Quite a lot. Why? I’ll s’plain. 😉
I won Jupiter Winds in a Goodreads giveaway, and as soon as I got home on spring break, I started reading. And reading. C.J. had me hooked from page one. I loved the unique spin this book took on the dystopian world, keeping it from becoming trite and just like all the other books in its genre. What’s different? Well, Jupiter Winds has space travel. How cool is that? Pretty cool, actually. I have no idea how accurate this book would be to actual space travel (it’s fiction and futuristic, some slack can be cut), but for my unscientific mind, this book was fascinating. I also liked how C.J. was able to weave a faith element into this story without it coming across as forced, preachy, or lame, if I can use that word. The spiritual part wasn’t overdone or too sparse; she really struck a good balance. This story is told from both Grey and Rin’s (Orinda) point of view, which I really enjoyed, since the two sisters are so different. The tension in the story was great right up to the very end, even preserving some of the mystery until the last few pages. I found myself contemplating the characters and what would happen next in their story throughout the day when I was unable to read.
All in all, Jupiter Winds was a refreshing change for me from the Contemporaries and Historicals that I’d been reading. I highly recommend this young adult read for anyone who is looking for a change from their usual genres.
About the Author
Biography from Mountainview Books’ website: C. J. got her big break in publishing when her first novel Thicker than Blood won the Christian Writers Guild 2008 Operation First Novel contest. She hasn’t slowed down since and wrote and published her second and third contemporary novels Bound by Guilt and Ties that Bind. Her newest novel Jupiter Winds is a YA/dystopian/space adventure.In 2012 C. J. co-founded Mountainview Books, LLC, with her mom and sister. A homeschool graduate, C.J makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and a paint horse named Sky.