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January 16, 2011

RESTORING HARMONY by Joëlle Anthony, 2010

Restoring HarmonyThe year is 2041, and sixteen-year-old Molly McClure has lived a relatively quiet life on an isolated farming island in Canada, but when her family fears the worst may have happened to her grandparents in the US, Molly must brave the dangerous, chaotic world left after global economic collapse—one of massive oil shortages, rampant crime, and abandoned cities. Molly is relieved to find her grandparents alive in their Portland suburb, but they’re financially ruined and practically starving. What should’ve been a quick trip turns into a full-fledged rescue mission. And when Molly witnesses something the local crime bosses wishes she hadn’t, Molly’s only way home may be to beat them at their own game. Luckily, there’s a handsome stranger who’s willing to help. Restoring Harmony is a riveting, fast-paced dystopian tale complete with adventure and romance that readers will devour. (Amazon product description)

Review by Kim Thacker, Writer and mommy

RESTORING HARMONY is a unique dystopian novel--unique in that it's filled with hope.  So many dystopian novels seem to be about the world gone wrong, people taking care of themselves without a single thought for anyone else, and other somewhat depressing topics.  Molly McClure, the sweet, independent main character in RESTORING HARMONY, doesn't live in a perfect future world, and she does encounter plenty of selfishness-run-rampant on her adventures, but the overall message of the book is one of hope, love, and friendship--wonderfully refreshing in dystopian literature.

And there's music!  Fiddling, to be exact.  You can almost hear the music when Molly plays her fiddle, which she has named Jewels.

And there's romance...enough romance that The Romantic Times gave it four stars!  Spill, the love-interest in RESTORING HARMONY, is to die for.

Read RESTORING HARMONY if you enjoy dystopian literature, adventure stories, or a good romance novel!

Market:  Young Adult
Language:  Mild (a few instances of using the name of deity)
Sensuality:  Mild (kissing--much anticipated!)
Violence:  Mild (adventure peril--there are some allusions to torture and worse violence, but nothing really violent ever happens "on stage")
Mature Themes:  political strife, abandonment, alcoholism, allusions to torture and killings, family turmoil

Book formats:
Restoring Harmony (hardcover)
Restoring Harmony (e-book)

To learn more about the author, visit: Joëlle Anthony

Watch for our interview with the author, Joëlle Anthony, which will be published on Bookshop Talk tomorrow, January 17th!


Amy Finnegan {} said...

This book sounds so good! I love the music element in it, and am sure it adds something new that I've never seem before in a dystopian. Can't wait to read it!

kristin said...

I am excited to read this! i have really been into dystopian society novels lately!