4 out of 4 stars
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The world is at war. There is no safe place; every day there are sirens, and everyone has to don a suit for protection. To survive there are only two options. First, find a new planet that will accept your family as one of their own. However, these are few and far between, which is why many choose the second option. Happy Endings. Whole families choose death and the afterlife rather than continuing to live on a world that is seemingly doomed.
This is the world that Lucy, an eleven-year-old, is growing up in. Kim, her best friend, has it even worse. You see, her family abuses her; Lucy is the only happy spot in her life. Just when Lucy's family decides there's nothing left but a Happy Ending, they find a new planet. What is the new world like? Will Lucy be able to just leave Kim behind?
Lucy by Thea Ramsay is a young adult science fiction story with plenty of adventure to keep wandering minds engaged. There is some language as well as adult themes, so the readership should be confined to older teenagers. Be forewarned, though, the ending is the definition of a cliffhanger.
The story is told from the third-person perspective, and I really enjoyed Lucy, Kim, and their friendship. Lucy isn't perfect, but her sense of loyalty is quite admirable. I daresay that's what saved her family. The author made the characters family to me, which is the mark of any good author.
The new planet that Lucy and her family find is fairytale perfect, and it was intriguing to learn about it. Nonetheless, there are a few details that are glossed over. For example, everyone in the book seems to speak English, even the ones on a different planet. Still, this didn't affect my enjoyment.
There is an element of mystery that lends an enigmatic air to the story. I enjoyed trying to figure out who was behind what and why. Yet, I was a bit irked that almost nothing is wrapped up, forcing the reader to buy the next book. I would much rather read the book because I enjoyed the first one that much.
Another drawback was that the dialogue was sometimes stilted. One of the characters repeats herself several times saying: “Very well. When shall I tell the kids, and what?” I don't hear many speak in such a manner. While this happens several times, it was easy to overlook after getting involved in the story.
Since the positives were minor and outweigh the negatives, I give Lucy 4 out of 4 stars. I wouldn't recommend this if you like the story to be in a nice, neat package. If adventure, intrigue, and other worlds interest you, you should pick this up.
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