Saturday, September 27, 2014

Uncontrollable by S. R. Johannes (The Nature of Grace, #2)

by S.R. Johannes

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Nature of Grace - Book 2
Publication Date: January 11, 2014
Publisher: Coleman & Stott
ISBN: 0984799141
Genre: YA Mystery
Print Length: 289 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes& Noble


As Grace recovers from tragedy, her science class is chosen by Agent Sweeney at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to help with research on the new "Red Wolf Reintroduction Program".

While she’s excited about helping with the conservation of the endangered wolves, Grace knows this means being outdoors in the worst winter recorded, in a place she no longer feels comfortable. It also means working closely with Wyn (her ex) and his annoying girlfriend (Skyler), a girl whose idea of getting close to nature is picking silk plants and growing fake plants.

After a couple of wolves show up dead, Grace almost quits. However, when a fellow project team member goes missing, Grace continues the assignment under a renewed suspicion that someone might be sabotaging the conservation program. She quietly begins to hunt for clues.

Little does she know, she is being hunted too.

Uncontrollable (The Nature of Grace, #2)My Review
Uncontrollable by S. R. Johannes 

What could be better than a young adult mystery that has truly realistic characters, amazing setting descriptions and a coming of age? How about a sincere plea to save endangered animals and an ugly, but realistic example of what is happening to them? Uncontrollable by S. R. Johannes brings to life a story of a young girl who has suffered great loss, is learning to work through it and to accept the legacy her late father has left her in the form of a love for nature and its many inhabitants.

Who is killing the red wolves? Why? Can they be found before more wolves become a victim of evil intent? Grace and some fellow classmates have been recruited to help document where the red wolves are. But, of course, stick a selfish and prissy teen girl who clings to her new boyfriend, both walking advertisements for “stylish” and totally impractical wilderness living and we are going to have over-the-top conflict. If not for Grace, they all may perish as the weather changes, but there is more to the death of the wolves they find than meets the eye and only Grace seems to see it. Who is responsible, are they closer than anyone knows? Danger is all around, but Grace plows on. How many teens have that drive for answers?

No fantasy here, S. R. Johannes writes a mean mystery with bold strokes and low angst as she leads her characters through the wilds of nature and the brutal ways of evil, while bringing awareness to the plight of yet another species. Well written, from start to that “Didn’t see that one coming” ending, a fresh read for the world of YA enthusiasts.

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