In 2160, a teenager becomes the bait to capture her missing revolutionary parents she thinks are long dead.
Grey Alexander has one goal—to keep herself and her younger sister Orinda alive. Not an easy feat living unconnected in the North American Wildlife Preserve, where they survive by smuggling contraband into the Mazdaar government’s city zones. If the invisible electric border fence doesn’t kill them, a human-like patrol drone could.
When her worst fear comes true, Grey questions everything she she thought she knew about life, her missing parents, and God. Could another planet, whose sky swirls with orange vapors and where extinct-on-Earth creatures roam free, hold the key to reuniting her family?
C. J. Darlington is the award-winning author of Thicker than Blood, Bound by Guilt, and Ties that Bind. In 2006 C. J. started the Christian entertainment Web site TitleTrakk.com with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction ever since. She is a regular contributor to Family Fiction Digital Magazine and NovelCrossing.com. A homeschool graduate, she makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs, a cat, and a paint horse named Sky.
I read C. J. Darlington’s first novel, Thicker Than Blood, and really loved it. (Read my review HERE.) So when she contacted me about reviewing a YA Sci-Fi novel, I was intrigued. Now I am glad I read it. What a great twisting, turning adventure across the galaxy! Filled with adventure, danger and faith, Jupiter Winds is a must read for your whole family. If you like family read-alongs, this book would be a perfect choice — there is so much to discuss.
Grey Alexander took over the care of her sister Orinda following the disappearance of her parents five years ago. Now at the age of 17, Grey is an accomplished smuggler, eluding the drone patrol on the borders of the Alamo Zone and the North American Preserve. Faced with the dangers of Mazdaar patrols, the wild animals that live in her desert home and the overwhelming struggle for survival, Grey and Rin attempt to not only survive, but thrive. But a deadly encounter with a border patrol and the increased scrutiny of the Mazdaar regime propel Grey and Rin on a galactic trip to Jupiter to find answers and hope for a future.
There is a lot for sci-fi fans to love in Jupiter Winds — high tech gadgets, weapons and space travel. The setting is a post nuclear Earth in which two global governments strive against each other for supremacy. There is persecution of the faithful remnant which pits ruthless oppressors against determined and well-trained rebels. And though the plot is fast-paced, characters are well-developed. Grey and Rin are not your typical teenagers; they have had to learn to survive without their parents in a very hostile environment. But teens and young adults will find much to identify with. Secondary characters are developed as well, allowing the reader to connect with their fears, doubts and victories. And you will love Darlington’s descriptions of the flora, fauna and terrain of Jupiter.
Darlington does a good job of injecting faith into the story. Never preachy, it is, however, foundational for the themes of hope and God’s sovereignty. One verse is repeated throughout the story — If I ascend to heaven, you are there! (Psalm 139:8). This is a particularly relevant verse for the space travelers. Personal freedom as contrasted with the desire for security is also examined.
I highly recommend Jupiter Winds to anyone who wants a well-written book filled with complex characters, an intriguing plot and an imaginative setting. Yes it is science fiction, but it is so much more! I am hoping for more adventures with Grey and Rin.
Great for family read-alongs.
Targeted audience: middle school and above.
(Thanks to the author for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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