For those of you that read my blog on a slightly regular basis, you know that I don't tend towards the science fiction aspect of the YA genre that often....at least not in it's true sense. This is one title that I strayed from the norm to take a chance on and I'm certainly glad I did. The lead character was not expected, and the depth with which she was written worked well for the story. The technology used/mentioned though advance was believable making this sci-fi adventure within the reach of reality.
One question I had while reading was **SLIGHT SPOILER** why make it so that once her vision was regained she was whole? It almost seemed like a cop out. I mean here you are with a great story and an unexpected leader, but them POOF she's that much more like anyone else. At first it didn't sit well with me but as I continued to read I appreciated the tilt it gave the story. Come to find out, it wasn't so much that her vision made her "normal" again, but at times it was almost a burden, a hindrance to the goal she was trying to reach. Imagine not being able to see and acclimating yourself to that darkened world, only to be thrown into the light with enhanced vision. Your adjustment time to this renewed sense is not going to be instantaneous though you might hope. Shaimira in her signature style pushes through the obstacles, but it doesn't mean that she is perfectly balanced once again. She stumbles, and loses at various intervals that focus she has always depended on reminding us that taking anything for granted whether it be a person, place, or thing (or sense) is never a good idea. Trusting those things though is a whole other story.... **END OF SPOILER**
Until next time....happy reading!