Dove Arising

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Most people barely recognize her and the ones who do have but a mere memory of her. No one in the lunar colony has ever heard her talk since her father died nine years ago.

Most people barely recognize her and the ones who do have but a mere memory of her. No one in the lunar colony has ever heard her talk since her father died nine years ago. Phaet Theta is anything but a normal girl. She usually tries to stay inconspicuous and she melts into the shadows watching, observing. Her only friends are the plants she cultivates in greenhouse 22 and her best friend Umbriel who is more than happy to do all the talking for her. But one day all of this changes when her mother Mira is taken by beaters, military officers with high rankings that use their power for cruelty. In order to protect her siblings and try to save what is left of her family Phaet must enlist in the Militia, the harsh army that protects her planet.

Dova Arising had beautiful word choice, the words flowed beautifully together to create an image of every setting Karen Bao described. However, the descriptions may get a little violent for some readers likings. It has realistic characters with obvious flaws that went through mind blowing character development. This book teaches the value of the arts that we take for granted with technology today. More times often than not the book becomes very depressing due to the main characters pessimistic view on the world. Phaet is very honest with the reader the entire book but her cynical thoughts soon become a nuisance and can also be very upsetting at times. The rules and politics of this dystopian world become very confusing and make the book harder to read. The book’s pace goes a little too quickly and does not give you enough time to adapt to the characters habits. personalities, and lifestyle. Dove Arising by Karen Bao was a mediocre book but it may excite older audiences with more interest in science fiction.