Note FACSIMILE Is Now Out Of Print..For A Ticket To Earth, Seventeen Year Old Anna Maria Ann Solano Is Willing To Jettison Her Birth Planet, Best Friend, And The Boy Who Loves Her Especially Since All She S Required To Do Is Escort Dace Keeling, A Young Naturalist, Through The Wilderness Of The Partially Terraformed Planet Eco Ann S Determination To Escape The Limitations Of Her Small, Frontier Colony Never Falters, Until Dace S Expeditions Uncover Three Secrets One Offers Riches, One Shatters Ann S Perceptions Of Herself, And One Reveals That The Humans Stranded On Eco Are Not Its Only Inhabitants.Ann S Willing To Sacrifice Friendship And Love For A New Life On Earth But When An Entire Species Is Placed In Jeopardy By Her Actions, She Must Make A Choice Fulfill The Dream That S Always Sustained Her, Or Save The Planet She S Never Considered Home. Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.You can see my full thoughts on March 7th on Books and Ladders as part of the blog tour hosted by Chapter by Chapter.Actual Rating 3.5 but rounded up for GRThis was an honest to goodness science fiction novel and I loved it for that There is lots of science, but not too much that it is difficult to understand A lot of what we learn is already things we have at least a bit of basic knowledge of if you paid even minimal attention in science class And that was great because I hate when things get too technical I also really liked that it was diverse because especially in a colony like this, there is bound to be a lot of people with diverse backgrounds I thought the inclusion of Emie wanting to help the cybers was nice but a little over the top and cheesy at times But the pacing was a bit off at times it felt like things were moving too slowly and then other times it was as though a week had passed when it was really a day It was difficult to get the concept of time in this one, tbh As well, I was REALLY hoping that even though there were two eligible dudes that there would not be a love triangle, but alas there was And like I m okay with that but it just felt a bit forced as though BECAUSE there are two eligible dudes that means there must be a love triangle Like no thanks.Otherwise I really liked the plot and am looking forward to continuing with this series I think it will be a good one from start to finish as it has interesting characters, situations, and I really like Raiden So there s also that.Books and Ladders Queen of the Bookshelves Books Are My Fandom Twitter Instagram Bloglovin I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.Facsimile grabbed me right from the start with a fast paced plot and memorable characters Ann s emotional journey was real and full of interpersonal exploration with family, friends, and a slight touch of romance Also, the parallels to today s troubling times were sadly still relevant despite the futuristic advancement in tech and space exploration, racism still survives just in different forms.Overall, an entertaining sci fi adventure
See this review in its natural environment, Dani Reviews ThingsI received this book for free from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Let s see if I can write this without misspelling facsimile for the billionth time Facsimile is narrated by 17 year old Ann, a second generation born Eco resident, and takes place over the space of a week or two Ann is desperate to get to Earth, where she thinks her family will be happy and have opportunities than on Eco, the planet her grandparents were abandoned on with other terraformers When a spacecraft lands on Eco with an opportunity to escape, Ann grabs it In exchange for space on the craft, she must escort Dace, the captain s nephew and naturalist, around the area to study the native fauna and flora The people of Eco think they re alone on the planet, besides some insects and lizards, but Dace thinks there might be to the planet than the locals believe With one revelation after the next, Ann must challenge her image of herself and her planet all the while dealing with argumentative parents and a boy everyone assumes she s destined to marry.I liked this book I really did I ll admit, it didn t exactly grab me from the first page, but once it got going, I wanted to keep reading and reading and reading Facsimile has a good balance of science just enough to make things intriguing but not enough to freak you out with technicalities My inner zoology geek was soooo happy with the level of scientific detail, especially the gadgets that Dace had to study the local creatures.The end Guys, the end Things wrapped up so nicely, until Weavil threw in one word I ve added the second book, Derivation to my TBR and am waiting impatiently Give give give.Ann frustrated me at times, as she was pretty stubborn BUUUT you know what She was a lot like me I can be a stubborn pain in the bum sometimes, too She was also took charge very naturally, and I admired that she figured out what she wanted and went for it, rather than dancing around with uncertainty and looking for other people to tell her what to do When she wasn t sure about something, she admitted it openly, or she said she wasn t going to decide yet because why should she I know a certain someone who is going to be upset with me for saying this, but I actually like both Dace and Raid Dace got my nerd crushing going from the start, while Raid annoyed me at the beginning but then developed that strong and protective element that I tend to love in my book boyfriends I think I m Team Raid most of the time Kisses are fun But I m not looking for something right now You should know that better than anyone, Raid I press a kiss into his palm and drop his hand And when I am, it ll be me that decides, not any boy You got that Which leads me on to one of two big wins for this book positive feminist messages Unlike in other books, where 17 year olds are looking for their happily ever afters and soulmates, Facsimile showed teenagers as teenagers Ann and Emie her bestie did not slut shame each other or force each other to choose a guy They had each other s backs and wanted the best for each other Plus, they stood up for and loved themselves WOO And let s not forget that Emie is apprenticing to be the local IT girl High five to all my techie ladies Why should I care if some guy likes it better another way This is me, and I think I m pretty awesome all on my own The other win is Diversity Ann s paternal grandparents were originally from South America, and she speaks Spanish with them and her father Raid was of Mongolian descent, while Dace was born in Mumbai to an Indian mother and an absent caucasian father And everyone was beautiful YAY Happy dance time.The only thing that upset me was Ann s mom s little escapade, but that added to the plot It made me uncomfortable simply because it hit a bit close to home, except with the roles reversed I think the way Ann reacted was actually quite realistic, looking back at my own reactions I would say give her six months and then she can have a breakdown Weavil, if you want to talk to me about it, I can give you a lot of dirt Haha.Overall, Facsimile was an engaging YA sci fi with a hint of realistic romance, and I recommend it to anyone looking for diverse characters and positive messages about women and sexuality. I m not entirely impressed with Facsimile I guess I was looking for of a hardcore sci fi, which this really isn t A positive is that it features quite a diverse cast of characters Our protagonist, Ann, is biracial Hispanic with ancestral roots in Peru Our male lead is Dace, a biracial Indian and an aspiring scientist looking to explore Eco s vegetation and life forms Her best friend Emie is a black girl with a passion for rights for cybers and other people and aliens subject to Earth s purity laws, and Ann s other love interest is Raid, is a Chinese boy It s a love triangle which I didn t really enjoy, and there is some kind of cheating going on there.There were some uncomfortable discriminatory quotes in regard to cybers and those who weren t one hundred percenters Such as there are spoilers ahead there are quite a few colonists who d kill you to keep something like that quiet We re proud to be human, you know It s one of our only sources of pride This was in response to Dace finding out they might not be 100% human It sounds kind ofI don t know, prejudice Considering alien folk seem to be commonplace though disbarred from living on Earth because of the purity laws His unnaturally blue eyes betray his status as a cyber, a human whose body s been substantially enhanced with implants or prosthetic I m always startled by his kind Their otherness sets something fluttering in my stomach The narrative didn t disagree with these sort of thoughts As the novel progresses she does, slowly, change her mind and take up the cause Emie was passionate about from the start, but only because view spoiler it turns out they re not one hundred percenters , and therefore not entirely human The purity laws affect her, and that appears to be the only reason she ends up caring about it hide spoiler I don t know what it is about books lately with me Maybe there are just so many and I m just not being patient right now I have to like the characters or at least one character to get into a book With FACSIMILE I just didn t like anyone Maybe Dace, but his role hasn t been real big yet and it doesn t feel like his character is strong enough at this point to carry the story for me All of the swearing, crudeness, suggestive content, cheating, innuendo, drama I don t like drama etc didn t help Plus characters who lie and have poor intentions Just not an enjoyable story for me The sci fi aspect is actually interesting So that and Dace are the only things I ve liked about the story At 40% through they weren t enough for me to spend of my hours finishing, which is disappointing as I was hoping I d really like this one DNF. Review to come. I was trapped in the passenger seat on a long road trip, so I ended up reading Facsimile in about six hours Facsimile has a slow beginning The premise was interesting, but it was difficult to connect with the characters There was this odd love triangle, but it didn t seem to work for me I had just finished reading the Generations series by Scott Sigler, and I was hoping that Facsimile would be similar There are a lot of parallels children left to cope on their own No adults around to guide the youth who just want to get off the planet a strong female protagonist.I think that the narrative was a bit long There were some interesting social justice components, but they seemed forced I think if I had to sum up my quibbles with Facsimile, it would be forced The story just didn t seem to flow smoothly Don t get me wrong, I d still read a sequel, because the overall story was interesting In the end, I d award Facsimile 3.5 stars. Science fiction has always been one of my top two favorite genres, and now that I almost exclusively read YA, I absolutely love YA sci fi Ms Weavil s sopho effort is an excellent addition to the genre, and it was a 4 star read for me, which means I think it s great I have to first mention the cover I loved it from the minute I saw it, but having read the book I now appreciate it even It s a perfect representation of Eco, the dusty planet on which the story takes place It can be hard to find a sci fi cover that is different from the norm, but this one definitely is, and I just love it It s great when a cover matches or suits the story inside so well.As for the story, I think Ms Weavil did an excellent job of describing why these people exist on this terraformed planet, Eco, and not on Earth The science behind it was very sound how they exist when the planet doesn t support vegetation hydroponics for crops and climate controlled domes for animals , how they keep from becoming an inbred population very, very strict rules and careful planning about when and to whom children will be born , etc I appreciate any author taking the time to give some explanation for those questions that naturally arise in a reader s mind as they learn about the new world the author has created Without explanations, we cannot suspend disbelief and immerse ourselves in the story, and Ms Weavil did an A job I also really liked the characters, particularly Ann, her best friend, and the boy who loves her and who everyone assumes she will marry I liked that Ann was strong willed and independent, yet her family is very important to her, dysfunctional as it is I think Ms Weavil challenged us to think outside typical norms and maybe give the characters some slack when they do things that might be distasteful to us I m thinking especially of Ann s mother and how she rebels against the strictures of her marriage, a marriage that she didn t especially want in the first place Similarly, I was a little frustrated with Ann regarding the love triangle, but the I thought about it the I understood where she was coming from I mean, if you ve only known less than 10 people your age for your whole life, and you know there s not going to be anyone new magically appear, when someone your age does unexpectedly pop up, you d naturally want to explore that person And even if Dace had never shown up, it s clear that Ann is chafing against the inevitability of her marriage to Raid, which I did understand the I thought about it After all, who wants to just settle Although the romance aspect wasn t my favorite, I did really enjoy the discovery that Dace and Ann make and thinking through the implications of it for the people of Eco I admit that I was fascinated by the idea of the Cybers, and I could ve read a whole book just around that issue I have no idea if there is a sequel planned, but if there is, I hope that we will learn about the Cybers and their struggles I thought that was a fascinating aspect to the story.Overall, if you like YA sci fi, or are willing to give it a try, I definitely recommend this book from Vicki Weavil Her writing style is engaging and accessible, and she engages with issues that we are currently grappling with in our society today eg, what does it mean to be human I loved this book and highly recommend it Thanks to Ms Weavil and Month9Books for allowing me to read an early copy, and to Chapter by Chapter for having me as part of the blog tour DNF at page 122.There were a lot of good things happening in this story intriguing premise, great setting, diverse characters, etc Unfortunately, there were too many things that didn t work for me to keep reading odd pacing, unnatural dialogue, and the dreaded love triangle I think many people will enjoy this book though, so give it a try. Dang, I really wish GR would include half stars, because this really is a solid 3.5 stars, but I m not quite willing to round up to 4 Fun YA story set on another planet the humans have only been on the planet for about a generation and a half the narrator s grandparents were part of the initial team Like a lot of teenagers, Ann just wants to get away from her home town, er, planet, and go on to bigger and better things in her case, this is Earth But when a ship lands on Eco to resupply and repair, Ann meets the insatiably curious and smart Dace, who she agrees to show around the planet so that he can learn about the native species which are few.And this is where I just can t quite round up to 4 stars How is it that these people have been living on this planet for like 40 some odd years and NOT ONE PERSON has decided to explore the planet in any meaningful way One accident cannot possibly mean that all exploration was just abandoned It takes Dace about 15 minutes on planet to find something MAJOR I have a problem suspending THIS MUCH disbelief, and I m pretty dang generous with my disbelief suspension.Anyway It was a fun story that moved along at a good clip I am a HUGE fan of first contact stories and SF stories on other planets, so this was right in my wheelhouse Will I continue with the series If I can get the books through my library, it is very likely I would.Oh yeah, and thanks to LibraryThing Early Reviewers program and Month9Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
- 300 pages
- Vicki L. Weavil
- 14 April 2018 Vicki L. Weavil