by Siobhan Davis
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: July 28, 2014
Publisher: Siobhan Davis
Genre: YA Fantasy | Science Fiction
Print Length: 289 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
I wonder which situation is hardest.
Mine, because I remember everything, or hers because she can’t.
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. Forced
to flee to Novo two years previously—to avoid the succession of natural
disasters which have ravaged Earth—Ariana and her family are part of
the chosen few who have been carefully selected to share in this new
existence. Other survivors reside in a technology deprived
post-apocalyptic America; under the constant scrutiny of the ruthless
regime, and deliberately kept in the dark about life on Novo.
The new government is strategically focused on the continuation of
mankind and development of Novo society. They consequently announce the
introduction of a televised e-pageant, ‘The Calling’, which compels
every seventeen year old into impending marriage and parenthood.
Devastated at the removal of her free will and forced abandonment of
her desired military career; Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the
authorities apparent pre-occupation with her. As a series of tragic
events tear her family life apart, Ariana feels progressively more
isolated and alone.
Her growing feelings for much-admired, fellow Cadet Cal Remus,
intensify as ‘The Calling’ gets underway. Hot-headed, but fiercely loyal
and protective, Cal shares knowledge which appears to indicate that the
fragile fabric of their new society is disintegrating in front of their
Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase—which has stolen
her memories of those left behind on Earth—Ariana is struggling to
comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane.
Discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.
True Calling by Siobhan Davis
In a word, WOW!! Talk about a fascinating and magnetic tale! True Calling by Siobhan Davis is more than sci-fi, more than post-apocalyptic, more than YA romance! If this is what Siobhan Davis is bringing to the reading table as her debut, she is definitely an author to follow.
Picture Earth being all used up, tired and worn from abuse, now picture specially chosen people to go to a nearby planet designed to support human life and hopefully to make it thrive in all ways. The planet Novo may be the last chance Earth has to survive, technologically advanced, a healthy society, each person chosen for their potential contribution, sound good? What if this place was so “perfect” that it was actually a façade for total government control, implant chips, memory erasures, and constant monitoring and finally, population control?
Ariana is seventeen, oblivious to so much of the dark side of Earth and Novo, but she is a rebel at heart, and when the Calling Pageant is announced, a televised way to choose the perfect mate for those under a certain age. The object? To populate Novo, talk about Planned Parenthood. Arian is opposed to this spectacle but becomes a global hit, along with her “boyfriend” Cal. Are they truly a perfect match?
Nightmares of a boy she doesn’t remember keep torturing her, sometimes its scenes of him, sometimes he talks to her. Who is Zane? How does she know him? As her world becomes more of a prison state, and horrific tragedy strikes her family, she receives a message from the grave, and her world will never be the same. Gone is the trust she had in others, surviving each day, trying to stay with Cal and learning the truth of her world and an underground resistance light a spark in her that burns brighter with each day. Will it become a raging inferno of rebellion or will she perish in a fire of her own making?
Welcome to Siobhan Davis’s world, two worlds built with such rich detail that I could feel and see all that was going on. Ms. Davis has a way with words that sets each scene, alters the pace and makes each character come to life. She has created romance, intrigue and even added some paranormal elements that are totally believable. As she puts together each piece of the puzzle, it’s like watching a master at work, all of the outside edges are there and carefully the inside detail is filled in. I was completely blown away with True Calling!
I received this copy from Siobhan Davis in exchange for my honest review.