Ending Fear by Deanna Fugett

Welcome to Stop #12!

I’m super excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Deanna Fugett’s debut YA Dystopian novel, Ending Fear, released just yesterday! Check out the beautiful cover and more about the book:

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From L2L2 Publishing:

Fourteen-year-old Fear learns she was a parachute baby, dumped over the edge of the Gliding Lands as an infant. Fascinated by the floating cities in the sky before, now she’s desperate for answers.

But a slave isn’t likely to get those answers.

When her abusive Downer family throws her from their hovel, Fear takes refuge with a family who shows her love for the first time. Surely they can’t be trusted. Years of abuse and molestation has taught her that.

Then her brother discovers where she’s hiding and tries to kidnap her. Fear will never let him touch her again. Her new family conceals her at The Fallen, a ranch that hides parachute babies from the Uppers who discarded them.

Just as she’s beginning to embrace yet another home, Fear’s new little sister, Happy, is kidnapped and taken to the Uppers’ temple harem. Fear must go against her namesake, find a working hoverpod, and journey to the dreaded Gliding Lands before the little girl’s innocence is ripped from her forever.

Can she save Happy in time?

And will she find answers to the burning question of why anyone would throw her away?


My Review:

There is so much to like about Deanna Fugett’s debut novel! First, I love how she used her characters’ predominant trait as their name (Fear, Hate, Courage…) — so creative and unique. And yet, her characters are so much more than just their dominant trait; she’s crafted a collection of characters with depth and fullness that can both frustrate you and tug at your heart.

And she uses the dystopian genre so fantastically. Her futuristic societies of Uppers (who live in floating cities and are slaves to popularity and pleasure) and Downers (who live on terra firma and are enslaved by poverty and propaganda) are an insightful commentary on our own society and what could happen if attitudes don’t soon change. Yikes!

Ending Fear was a fun read: one that kept me up at night, turning the pages, and wondering how Fear would overcome her namesake and glorify Abba. I highly recommend you snag your own copy of Ending Fear and settle in for a great ride.

Many thanks to Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing for the advance copy of the novel for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂


The Rest of the Good Stuff:

Be sure to sign up for the Facebook Launch Party tomorrow from 7-9 pm MST for fun and prizes!

And don’t forget to add Ending Fear to your Goodreads to-read shelf!

If you’ve missed any of stops on the Ending Fear blog tour, be sure to go back and check them all out. They are all filled with tons of great info on the book, on the coloring book, and on Deanna Fugett.  And if you visit all fourteen blog tour stops and collect all of the words of the sentence (from the images like the one at the bottom of this post), you can enter to win a signed paperback copy of Ending Fear and an Ending Fear Coloring Book (U.S. only; outside the U.S., you can win an Ending Fear e-book). Here are links to all of the stops:

 

To purchase your own copy, visit Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing.

And now what you’ve all been so patiently waiting for: the next clue in Ending Fear’s Blog Tour Scavenger Hunt! And if you’re like me (you tend to not do things in order…), and this is the last word you needed, simply click on the picture to bring up the entry form for the Scavenger Hunt. 🙂

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And be sure to connect with Deanna Fugett on social media:

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Google+ // Pinterest // Instagram // Goodreads

Defier: The Girl Who Stood by Mandy Fender

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From the cover: “Seventeen-year-old Lennox Winters is no stranger to loss. She’s lost her parents, her home, and is in constant danger or losing herself. As she struggles with what to believe she encounters Christ in a way that she cannot ignore. The raised scar on her chest reminds her she has a purpose. Kept alive by her newfound faith and accompanied by her loyal best friend, Lennox bravely emerges into a world at war on a quest for the truth. Only after Lennox has journeyed through perilous territory, eluded biologically altered predators, and overcomes the most intense of challenges does the real work begin.

“Will Lennox continue to fight for faith no matter how personal the cost?

“The fate of humanity rests in the answer.”

Sounds like a great book, right? That is exactly what I thought when I read the description. I went into this book with very high hopes, so excited to read it. Unfortunately, I am very sad to say that it didn’t meet my expectations.

Let me clarify that statement: the general idea of the book is great for a Christian young adult dystopian story. However, this novel finds itself in serious need of some honest and informed beta readers and a really good editor. The grammar problems, even for a grammar lover like me, can be forgiven if the overall story flows nicely, the plot devices are well-structured, and the characters are nicely drawn. I didn’t find that to be the case in Defier. There are many situations in the book that severely stretched the fabric of plausibility, almost to the point of absurdity, which could easily be rectified if the plot were well-developed. It felt as if the author really wasn’t sure where the story was going, so she just shoved in devices and situations to move the story along, but which seemed rather inexplicable to me. And if a character did something unexpected, an annoying explanatory aside was randomly thrown in to explain the history behind that choice. Lots more telling than showing, as English teachers are wont to say.

But, believe it or not, I don’t think this book is horrible. There are some poignant moments that hold a lot of beauty and truth in them. Again, the basic idea of the book is great. The theme of standing up and being brave in Christ is awesome. This could be a wonderful book, but it needs some work to get it there. I sincerely hope that she finds someone to help her polish it, and that she puts out a second edition soon. Until then, however, I don’t feel right recommending it to you, my fellow readers. Bummer!