Author: Siobhan Davis
Tittle: True Calling
Series: True Calling series, book 1
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopia, Romance, Young-Adult
Page count and format: 258 pages, Ebook
Published: October 2014 by Siobhan Davis (first published July 28th 2014)
Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the author via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS. ONE SHARED DREAM.
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. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.
As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.
Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.
It’s so difficult to resist yourself when the cover is so gorgeous and the blurb is so intriguing. So, generally I signed up for up for it and I was really impressed with the book. I didn’t fall in love with it but I liked it.
The plot is quite interesting. This book takes place on Planet Novo, which is a man-made planet to protect people from the dangers currently going on Earth. But not everybody gets access to it, there are a bunch of tests that one has to pass and also they have to be in the best heath condition, only then they are allowed to reside in Planet Novo. This system sort of separated the stronger from the weak.
The story is about a girl called Ariana Skyee who is a cadet in Planet Novo and who is one of the best choices for the Earth to survive. There is a different kind of life there, everything at first glance seems great but deeply this is all the work of government who is controlling the people with chips and techno things. Also, the concept of “The Calling” was pretty intriguing. Everybody from a certain age has to attain this ceremony where they will be matched for marriage to ensure the a healthy population growth keeps growing in Novo.
As much as I liked the plot, I had a hard time connecting with the characters, specially Ariana. Although I didn’t exactly hate her but she was pretty irritating at times. She was quite unsure about her feelings for Cal, who is another cadet there. One moment she says she hates him, then the next moment he’s making her feel all weak inside. Their connection was pretty instant. I actually don’t hate insta-love that much but I didn’t like it here. Because I think I was rooting for Zane all along. He’s the mysterious guy that Ariana sees in her dreams and later she is able to silently communicate with him as well.
I liked Zane, a lot. I also felt so bad for him, he is Ariana’s childhood sweetheart but Ariana doesn’t remember anything about him because everybody who lives in Novo, their previous memories have been erased. They don’t remember anything connected to earth and Zane is still on earth, he didn’t gain access because of his heart condition. He longs for the day to be able to get her back. This ends up with Ariana caught up in a love triangle and she slowly discovers a lot of other complicated thing things that puts her life at risk.
The writing was smooth and I could easily finish this book in a few days. But I felt there was more telling than showing. Overall, the plot was great, the characters were somewhat okay, it was fast paced. I loved the mysterious aspect of the book, I wanted to know what was going to happen next and that kept me running!
I think everybody should give this a try! 🙂
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