Review: Finding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne

FindingJade.inddTitle: Finding Jade
Author: Mary Jennifer Payne
Published: 17th Decebmer 2016
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary: The year is 2030, and climate change is making life on Earth more challenging. In the midst of it all, fourteen-year-old Jasmine Guzman struggles to come to terms with the abduction of her twin sister, Jade, and with her mother’s illness. Things go from bad to worse when a series of bizarre occurrences lead Jasmine to fear she’s losing her mind. But, with help from Raphael, a boy at her new school, Jasmine learns she actually has special powers. Most surprising of all, she learns that her sister isn’t missing at all … Jasmine just needs to look in the right place: the Place-in-Between, where the demons dwell.

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*I recieved a free eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:

This story focuses on Jasmine, who’s searching for her lost twin in a dystopian world, that’s less than 15 years in the future. I mostly enjoyed this book despite the fact that it’s aimed at young teens.

Jasmine is a brave, tough and sometimes immature character. She’s stubborn and determined to find her sister, Jade. She’s a person of colour and as a result this story features a combination of African and western elements. It was interesting to read this mix of different cultures. Jasmine is thrown into a crazy adventure but deals with it fairly well, with the help from the mysterious Raphael.

Raphael is kind towards Jasmine however he holds a lot back from her which is frustrating to read, even if he does have a reason for his strange behaviour. I felt Jasmine fell a little too quickly for him, a guy she knows little about and the two became close in quiet a short period of time.

This is a unique dystopia novel as it’s set in Toronto during 2030. The world  is a different place as a result of climate change. There are increased temperatures and countries that are no longer inhabitable are being evacuated. This story highlights a scary but possible future. I also liked how this story featured magical time-travel-esque elements, which was one of the most entertaining aspects of this novel.

The plot had a slow start, focusing on the mundane aspects of Jasmine’s school life but the story did pick up quickly. It was a fast-paced and enjoyable read, even if some aspects were predictable. This resulted in me finishing this book in a very short period of time.

This story is aimed at young teens and the writing reflects this but I think it could be enjoyed be older readers who are looking for a quick read.

This books stands out from other dystopia novels, with a great premise and realistic portrayal of the future of the human race. It carries a meaningful message about the future of the Earth if people continue to neglect it and how important it is to look out for each other in difficult times.

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