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    Richly lyrical prose: exciting, compelling story!

    Jeremy Strong has written a richly layered tale evocative of H.G. Well's The Time Machine and Ursula Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" and yet completely original and compelling nevertheless. His prose is mature and lyrical, strangely familiar as it seems to echo the language of a beloved story that one has read, time and time again, yet, paradoxically, one is reading it for the very first time. This post-apocalyptic tale resonates on a primal level as the myth of the coming Starchild and the possible renewal of the world and unification of humanity percolates its way through the story. The true adventures begin with the journey of Tiger as she ventures beyond the Tar Garden with her loyal guide Sai in pursuit of deadly raiders who have taken prisoners from her village including her brother Tarren. As Tiger follows their path through the dangerous jungle, she encounters strange creatures who may be friends or hidden foes. Just as Tiger does not know who to trust, neither does the reader. Strong has created a version of the jungle that feels like a deadly, despoiled Eden after the Fall where wilderness has overtaken civilization and monstrous giants and twisted hybrids roam around freely. The first part of this trilogy ends on a provocative moment of revelation and potential betrayal that leaves the reader in true suspense. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what truths are revealed and where Strong takes his characters in the second part of his trilogy.
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    Loved this book!

    As Tiger struggles to save her brother in a brutal and unforgiving landscape, she realizes that the legends she heard about as a child may all be true. The mythology in this story is complex and compelling. Is this actually our world, transformed out of all recognition? What catastrophes could have created such deadliness? How have any been able to survive? Yet they have, and it appears that there is one who may be coming back to reclaim a lost world. Strong’s creation is wickedly beautiful, even when there are more things trying to kill you than to keep you alive, and despite the fact that trust and loyalty are doubtful. Boundaries are blurred, not only between species but between creators and created. This is apparently the first of a three part series. You will want to begin part two the moment you finish part one. The brilliant, fast-paced writing will leave you rather breathless. Tiger is a fierce heroine I don’t think anyone is going to be able to resist. I just hope she is strong enough to survive.
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    Great short read for sci-fi / fantasy lovers

    A great start to what will be a very exciting series of books! Strong paints a vivid picture of a bleak future world and immerses the reader into a fast paced story. The ending left me hanging in anticipation for the next one.

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