Saturday, January 16, 2010

Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony

Title: Restoring Harmony
Author: Joelle Anthony
Pages: 320
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: May 13, 2010

Heading off on her own to a big American city might have been a fun adventure for sixteen-year-old Molly McClure in the good old days before the Collapse, when nearly all the oil ran out; but in 2041, when family calamities strike all at once and Molly must leave her isolated farming island in Canada for the very first time, the world she meets is anything but fun. Food is in short supply, crime is rampant, and once-bustling cities stand abandoned and crumbling - danger lurking around every corner.
No one is as they seem, and Molly has to make some fast, tough decisions about whom to trust, especially when a dangerous crime organization sets her in their sights. Luckily, Molly is a determined, can-do kind of girl, and with the help of a handsome stranger, she may just make it home alive.

Full of adventure and excitement, Restoring Harmony takes readers on an unforgettable journey facing many obstacles. Molly, the protagonist is on her way to Oregon to her family, especially her pregnant mother and engaged sister. As she goes on her journey to Oregon, she finds herself facing many problems that she ultimately overcomes.

A one-of-a-kind dystopian novel, Restoring Harmony never fails to impress the reader with its impressive clarity, its down-to-earth, resourceful characters, and its simple, yet flawless prose. The relationship between Spill and Molly captivates hearts along with Molly's yearning and determination to reunite with her family. Joelle Anthony completely enraptures this through Molly's feelings and actions. Restoring Harmony harnesses many emotions from readers and will make them laugh, cry, and smile.

The atmosphere that Anthony conveys in Restoring Harmony completely mirrors that of any dystopian novel. Although even that could stop Molly from being so determined to reach her family. Will she reach them in time? Will her mother's baby be safe? A debut 2010 novel, Restoring Harmony will be the complete opposite of its dystopian theme. Is there an antonym for dystopian? A+ =)

The Bottom Line: Someone has finally written a dystopian book that I read and loved!

---Report Card---
Originality: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
My reaction/enjoyment: 10/10
Theme: 10/10
Setting: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Style: 5/5
Tone: 5/5
Cover: 10/10
Total Score: 100/100 (A+) !!!This is one of the SIX books that hold the title: !!!

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Sara January 16, 2010 at 7:05 PM  

Ooh you're adding more and more Holy Grain books, seems like 2010's going to be a great book year, huh? I like the cover of this book btw

Raíla January 16, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

I've only read good reviews about this book. So I put on my TBR list. Sounds amazingly good!

Precious January 16, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

Love the cover! :D Oh and who is Spill??
I like the story! BUt oh man...this one won't come out until May! What a tragic, tragic waiting for me.

Unknown January 17, 2010 at 12:03 AM  

Glad to hear that you loved it so much. I just finished it. Very good read.

~The Book Pixie January 17, 2010 at 4:59 AM  

I plan to start my ARC copy of this book very soon. I'm so glad to hear you loved it. I'm pretty sure I will as I'm a huge fan of dystopian literature. :D


The Book Owl January 17, 2010 at 8:20 AM  

Good review. I'm on a tour for this book, and I cannot wait to read it! It seems to be getting very good reviews.

Alix January 17, 2010 at 11:09 AM  

I totally agree it is an A+ book!

Liz @ Cleverly Inked January 17, 2010 at 11:05 PM  

SOooo Jealous I want to read this one

Stephanie January 19, 2010 at 8:17 AM  

Wow... the holy grail! This book does sound wonderful. I love the cover, too.

YA Book Queen January 23, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

Oh, wow! Your review has me really curious about RH now! :D

Mariana S January 24, 2010 at 1:14 AM  

I must read it, with tha plot, cover and your review I cant say no to that book.
Great Review! =)

Anonymous,  January 30, 2010 at 6:52 AM  

A perfect 100, that's great. The book sounds interesting, different than my usual reads. I may have to add this to my wishlist.

ellie_enchanted January 31, 2010 at 4:08 AM  

Wow, a perfect 100! Sounds great :)
I actually haven't heard of this before, so I'm glad I read your review. A possible addition to my to be read list :D

Laura Hartness March 29, 2010 at 7:08 AM  

Interesting! That's great that it received the Perfect 100!

Oh, and I think the antonym to dystopian is utopian. I think.

Laura Hartness
The Calico Critic

Maria April 3, 2010 at 12:51 AM  

This one looks so good and it must be since it's one of the six perfect books :D

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