Title: Blue Sun
Author: Tracy Abbey
Page Count/Review Word Count: 368
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book – at first glance, I was worried that it might be badly written, purely because it’s released through CreateSpace and their track record is sometimes dubious. But thinking of this book like that is doing it a discredit – it’s a gripping read, and a page-turner, too.
Okay, sure – it is a little bit hippie-ish in places, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, the book explores what happens when hippie stuff clashes with science, with interesting results. As it’s set on the Isle of Man, it also features some Manx references, but not so many that it makes it difficult to read. It reminds me of the Hiraeth series by Liz Riley-Jones, which have a heavy Celtic theme to them – they’re fantastic books as well, and the third one is about to come out. If you like this then you’ll like that, and vice versa.
Loosely speaking, we follow the story of a girl called Imogen (‘Ginny‘) as she moves to the Isle of Man with her father, a scientist who’s ostensibly researching forms of alternative energy. However, all is not as it seems – the island harbours a secret, as Ginny discovers as she begins her new life, at a new school, with new friends and new enemies. As an alternative YA read, you can’t fault this book – personally, I thought that the ending was a little weak, and that the cliffhanger that the author left ahead of the next book in the series felt more like an arbitrary pause in the manuscript than an actual ending, but it does at least leave the reader looking forward to reading more.
Overall, I feel like part of the reason for the high rating here is that it exceeded my initial expectations, although I will admit that they were relatively low to begin with. This book won’t be for everyone, but if you’re into this sort of thing then I think that you’ll probably enjoy it.