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    Page-turner!

    Jesikah Sundin's first novel, Legacy, was like a rich dessert to be savored slowly. Its sequel, Elements, is no less sweet or delicious, but pulled me through the pages as quickly as a child gulping up ice-cream. In Legacy we were introduced to the world of the Biodome with hints and glimmers of the outside world of the mid 21st century. In Elements, both worlds are woven together as characters from each explore what are to them foreign landscapes. The landscapes of the Biodome are luscious and enticing! As a lover of conservatories and greenhouses of any kind I was drawn in immediately by the idea of an enclosed Eden. Meanwhile, in the gritty outer world, unemployment abounds and disillusionment and social disconnection reign. Elements presents the most thoughtful, realistic vision of the near future I have seen in this genre so far. A master of theme, Sundin winds rich symbolism throughout her plot like ivy. Everything is significant and interrelated, from the trees, to the fish tank in a character's room, to the quotes heading the chapters. When you read this book, prepare to be stimulated as well as entertained. Elements is a feast for the intelligent reader; it provokes all kinds of philosophical questions. The simple story holds a multitude of ideas within its petals; the reader who looks deeper will see them. Elements is part murder mystery, part romance, part fantasy, part science fiction, part eco-punk, but the mix never feels contrived; Sundin blends these genres seamlessly. The characters are iconic and come to life on the page. They feel like real friends. I have a crush on pretty much every male character in this book. Except Hanley, Ewww! But especially Coal. Oui, Oui, speak French to me, please . . . The women of the biodome are strong as well as elegant, while the ones we get to know in the outside world are necessarily tough--but good-hearted. I have one complaint about Elements: It ended. I hope Sundin produces the next book soon, because I for one will be waiting with bated breath!
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    A must read.

    While I loved both books in The Biodome Chronicles, I have to say that Elements is my favorite so far. I can't say why, without giving things away, but trust me, this book is great. More of everything that I liked in the first book, plus a new character perspective that is causing me to reconsider which team's T-shirt I will buy once they are available. Argh! All the things I want to say might give other things away. I can say that I love it that the author has obviously got a well thought out, complex and believable master plan that she is carefully revealing to us throughout the series. In addition, this book is totally believable as a near future that could actually happen -- and it is fun to read about. And while the settings in both the outside world and within the biodome are interesting in themselves, they are not the main focus of the book. The story and characters are compelling. I am eager to see what happens in the next volume.
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    A good book doesn't get much better than this!

    This book starts out exactly where it left the reader in the first book, LEGACY. It begins with a complete crash of two very different worlds. Jesikah Sundin perfectly executes that transition, fully developing the plot and characters in such a way that the readers are given a very realistic and emotional experience along with the characters, with the reader's attachment and emotion unique to each character's journey. This book is essentially about people in two very different cultures, a community inside the biodome (tight-knit, family oriented, and filled with honor and sacrifice) and a future modern world outside the biodome (technology-ridden with a younger generation doomed for an unsustainable lifestyle), crashing together, forcing to adapt and even question their standing belief systems in order to bring life, truth, honor, and resolution to their loved ones and communities. The story is filled with mystery and suspense, villainous psychological games, romance, deceit, role-playing, humor and violence... a full-on emotional roller coaster for the reader. It left me crying, laughing, yelling out in anger, yelling out in victory, and re-reading my favorite passages to experience it all over again. During reading it, I was not only left in suspense and awe throughout the entire story, but I also found myself becoming comfortable as I became close to the deepest desires of each character, snuggling right up with the intricate design of the story as a whole, not being able to put it down for the life of me. The mysteries of the past and present of each character's motives and plans were woven into the story beautifully, bringing me more and more questions and intrigue to the plot, while still bringing me answers and the gratification of finding out what's behind the mystery. It was a perfect balance and couldn't have been written more perfectly. Sundin's writing style brings a vastly beautiful vocabulary and poetic descriptions, evoking such beauty and emotion to each situation and character development. Witty, addicting humor is riddled throughout the storyline and caused me to read certain parts of the book over and over again to continue with my laughter or tears, not wanting to let it go as I became attached, yet not being able to move forward in the story fast enough. To mourn the ending of a book is one of my definite requirements for a 5-star review, and frankly I'm ready to pick it right back up again for round 2! I am greatly looking forward for the third installment of The Biodome Chronicles, and I highly recommend this book as well as the first book, LEGACY, for all readers who are ready for an emotional, addicting, and thrilling adventure through multiple lifestyles and worlds. AMAZING book!
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