Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dwellers and Country Saga by David Estes-Water & Storm Country


I'm thrilled to announce that I'm going to be hosting not one, but two, posts for David Estes' Earth Dwellers Book Blast!

Keep an eye out for the kickoff post and giveaway scheduled to start September 5, 2013.  And stay tuned for my interview with David scheduled for September 10, 2013.

In the meantime, I'm going to be posting my reviews of the Dwellers and Country Saga books that culminate in the upcoming release of The Earth Dwellers. Up today is Water & Storm Country, Book #3 in the Country Saga.


 

Water & Storm Country (The Country Saga, #3)Water & Storm Country by David Estes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of the best yet!
Water and Storm Country opens with Huck Jones of the Soakers in Water Country. As the son of the Soakers' Admiral, Huck is under a lot of pressure to meet his father's expectations. A broken memory of his mother's death and his perceived role in it haunt him, and he can't help but feel a failure in his father's eyes.

Sadie, a Stormer of Storm Country, also lives with a traumatic memory, one that shapes her feelings for her father. Unlike Huck, she wants nothing to do with impressing her father, considering him weak, but her mother is another story. She trains constantly to become a Rider like her mother, a warrior. Brave.

Water and Storm Country follows the format of the Dwellers series in that it alternates between the perspectives of two main characters who do not know each other, but whose paths are destined to cross. Because of this, you get two stories in one, plus, favorites from Fire Country, Ice Country and the Dwellers series are woven in seemlessly and set things up for The Earth Dwellers, the 7th and final book in the combined Country and Dwellers Sagas.

What I like most is the complex plot featuring both internal and external struggles, which are woven in such a way to draw you in and draw you forward, making it difficult to put the book down for such mundane things as food, sleep and conversation.

I also like that the themed dialects featured in the other Country books have been toned down for the new characters in this one. It was unique and funny in Fire Country, but seemed forced in Ice Country. This one is just right, though the characters from those other stories are true to their origins when they make their cameos, as they should be.

The only thing that bugged me were the multiline internal dialogues that Huck tended towards. I thought they were a bit choppy and strange, but on the positive side, they were consistently applied to his character. I guess that's how he thinks.

Overall, I loved Water & Storm Country for it's complex plot, multiple story lines, and interesting characters and conflicts. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves YA Dystopian and to those who love strong female main characters.

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