I consider that, even though she is an emerging writer, LL Curtis wrote an interesting dystopian novel. Her main character is a young girl, Greer, who has to lead the crusade to unite her village with other survivors of the Great Drought against northern invasion. Greer evolves into an independent young woman and she has a very interesting talent: she can locate deep underground water sources.
The woods are the forbidden fruit and that is why Greer starts her journey there, although she is forbidden to enter the woods behind her uncle's farm. Greer explores the dying forest and discovers hidden secrets amid the ruins of an old asylum and those secrets will tear her family and community apart at the very worst moment, as their survival depends on standing together against brutal northern warlords.
The writing style is fluent and appealing. The characters’ evolution is gradual and I can say that by the end of the novel, all the characters are well-developed, not only the main character, Greer, but also her cousins, especially Neesa, her aunt, Sylas, Pim, Thelia, who provides a fragrant antithesis to the main character, and Jake.
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