Sunday, October 26, 2014

Nature's Confession by J. L. Morin

Nature's Confession
by J.L. Morin

My rating: 3 stars

Expected Publication Date: Paperback – January 8, 2015
Publisher: Harvard Square Editions
ISBN-10: 0989596079
ISBN-13: 978-0989596077
Genre: Eco Fantasy - Speculative Fiction Middle grade/YA
Paperback: 298 pages


When a smart-mouthed, mixed-race teen wonders why the work that needs to be done pays nothing compared to the busywork that’s glorified on holovision news—the search for answers takes him on the wildest journey of anyone’s lifetime. With the girl of his dreams, he inadvertently invents living computers. Just as the human race allows corporations to pollute Earth into total desolation, institute martial law and enslave humanity, the two teens set out to save civilization. Can they thwart polluters of Earth and other fertile worlds? The heroes come into their own in different kinds of relationships. Along the way, they enlist the help of female droid Any Gynoid, who uncovers cutting-edge scientific mysteries as their quest takes them through the Big Bang and back. Will Starliament tear them from the project and unleash ‘intelligent’ life’s habitual pollution, or will youth lead the way to a new way of protecting Nature?

With illustrations and topics for discussion at the back of the book, JL Morin deftly raises questions about busywork, economic incentives to pollute, sustainable energy, exploitation, cyborgs, the sanctity of Nature, and many kinds of relationships. With skill and expertise, she creates memorable characters whose struggles could be our own. This fast-paced novel will keep you turning pages until the end.

Nature's ConfessionMy Review
Nature's Confession by J. L. Morin
Are you ready to turn the controls over to the imagination of J. L. Morin? If so, strap in and be prepared to learn about the consequences of a Big Bang, Black Holes and most importantly, when humans become an archaic commodity on what is left of Earth. Big Government, big business and the quest for the almighty dollar have ravaged Earth’s resources, killed off the animals and devalued life until it is worth no more than one grain of soot in a world traumatized. The air has been fouled and humans are virtually enslaved at their jobs. Nature’s Confession by J. L. Morin is a frightening trip into the Earth as it could become if we, as stewards do not care for it. A young boy, called Boy, because he hasn’t reached his naming time, is this a loss of identity or just the way things have evolved. Martial law is invoked, and independent thinking is discouraged. Boy knows and sees what is going on and together with a ragtag band of saviors, sets out to help save the planet, risking life and limb in the process while learning that there are other dimensions and worlds that may soon need saving from humanity’s greed. Will Boy achieve his goal before it’s too late? Computers come to life, clones and droids exist, the only thing that seems to be dying out are humans, consciences and good old Mother Earth. Are other planets next?

Geared to the imaginations of younger readers who more readily accept the fantasy aspect, there are lessons to be learned, pointed out and actually, an entire new set of words to learn as creatures and others are fancifully named. Anyone interested in saving this planet will appreciate the tongue-in-cheek references to the reality we live in.

J.L. Morin has done an excellent job of getting her message across in a way that provides moments of humor, danger and adventure for younger readers. The discussion topic at the end would provide an opportunity to raise awareness in the classroom and encourage youngsters to “go green” at every opportunity as they become aware that Earth is our home and depends on us as much as we depend on it.

I received an ARC review copy from Harvard Square Editions in exchange for my honest review. In that spirit, I must say that the random and too-often used blurb regarding Harvard Square was extremely poorly placed too often and distracted from the flow of the story. Which sadly, must be reflected in my rating and is not necessarily the fault of the author.

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