4 out of 4 stars
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Intwine by Christina Moss is a young adult science fiction novel. There are sci-fi aspects of starship space travel, extraterrestrial beings, and copper ray guns to keep even the most ardent sci-fi fans satisfied. There is even romance in this enjoyable book.
The setting is modern-day Earth. The heroine is Juliette, who turns eighteen in a month. It is her summer vacation, and when it is over, she will return to finish her last year of high school. Julie loves to read, but her obsession is art and drawing. She is an accomplished artist, and everywhere she goes she memorizes faces, buildings, or anything else that catches her attention.
Julie meets Seth and they soon fall in love. Together with Seth’s younger brother, Matt, and Seth’s dog Remy, they form a close-knit bond and spend the summer together. The comrades travel in an amazingly high-tech starship to England, Sri Lanka, and throughout the galaxy. Seth’s uncle Marcus joins them on many of their travels. They even rescue thirty-two impoverished and mistreated war orphans.
As Julie and Seth grow in their relationship and learn everything they can about each other, their exploits bring lots of surprises and twists. Since Julie has never been out of California, her traveling to unknown places is epic.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Intwine. My most favorite part of the novel is the author’s skill with characterization. The characters are well-developed, likable, and engaging. The intertwining of the characters’ personality traits, feelings, emotions, and actions is awesome. Julie is a loving, caring, and intelligent young woman who can be opinionated sometimes. Seth is a protective big brother to Matt, and intensely protective of Julie. Matt is an eight-year-old genius, and Remy is the loyal dog that takes a liking to Julie and does not want to leave her side. The other characters of the book also shine.
I also like the author’s creative descriptions for the various places, events, and sci-fi elements. The imagery of the different aliens’ appearances, and the sci-fi gadgets and items the aliens use is impressive. Most of the aliens are humanoid, but some are unusual and unique. I especially like the fishlike alien who walks on fins and has tentacles for hands, as well as the large giant red ant with pincers on each side of his mouth and a huge stinger sticking out of his abdomen. I could easily form the pictures of these extraterrestrials in my mind. The insightful descriptions of the planets, stars, and moons are also enjoyable. The lovely descriptions of Sri Lanka, England, and the California beaches are a notable addition to this novel.
Furthermore, I also like how the novel is well written and easy to read. I appreciate the smooth flow of the story and dialogue that created an easy reading pace that I noticed immediately.
There is nothing that I disliked about Intwine. It has been professionally edited, as I did not find any punctuation, grammar, or typing errors. There is no profanity of any kind and only one occurrence of an inappropriate sexual intent that is interrupted and stopped before anything happens.
It is my pleasure to rate Intwine by Christina Moss four out of four stars. There are a few instances of people being killed and the aforementioned sexual intent incident that may not be appropriate reading for younger ages. Therefore, I recommend Intwine for ages 16 and over.
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