Humanity has colonized on the tidally locked planet Pendomus.Residing between extreme heat and frigid cold is the complex known as the Helix. Within lies a highly sophisticated society functioning solely on humans fulfilling their life’s purpose as determined by their natural aptitudes and daily brain scans.Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem has found her calling studying the ancient trees nearby and anxiously awaits a professional placement which will allow her to continue her work.
Runa’s life takes an unforeseen turn when she’s brutally attacked and left for dead in those woods. Rescued by a stranger with blue hair, she’s immersed into a surprising way humanity has survived without the Helix. Fueled by a yearning to understand and an attraction she didn’t even know was possible, Runa tries to make a new life for herself. Yet, there’s much she doesn’t know about herself, about the planet, and the forces controlling her from afar.
What she needs are some answers.
This story is told from two different POV. Runa, our heroine, is an anomaly. She is different and slightly unique. The world she lives in, Helix, revolves around a certain way of life and Runa is constantly questioning things. She loves to study their surrounding nature and hopes to continue doing so once she receives her placement. When she’s placed elsewhere she is disappointed and rebels even further, which leads to her being attacked and abandoned.
Then we have the stranger with the blue hair, Traeton. He is dependable and protective of Runa almost immediately. But he fears getting to close to anyone and getting hurt. The majority of the time we are seeing the story unfold through Runa’s eyes, and I struggled with her POV. Her mind’s eye would make some crazy jumps in the story that didn’t mesh. And although Traeton’s POV confused me at first, I enjoyed his POV more so.
The world building within Pendomus and Helix was very detailed and vivid. I could actually picture this odd world in my mind. The characters seemed too juvenile for the storyline though. There were some breaks in Runa’s timeline as well that threw me, it didn’t flow from one thing happening to the next. I almost enjoyed the secondary characters Fenton and Kani with a bad attitude, dry whitty sense of humor and banter more so than the main characters.
If you can get past the rocky start and the uneven flow of Runa’s story, you will get to enjoy the scenery and a fresh take on fantasy and sci-fi aspects of this book. I give this one 3/5 as I can see a lot of promise for this series if the author can just find her footing. Traeton is adorable and I have to see where Fenton and Kani end up.
Born and raised in central MN, Carissa Andrews has always loved books. She started her career at 15 in a bookstore, just to be able to afford her book fetish. By 19, she worked for a magazine publisher. At 22, she was working for printers to learn their trade. At 27, she went back to school for graphic design, and became an award winning designer. Little did she know all of her experiences would lead her to becoming a self-publishing power house.