Big Big Sky by Kristyn Dunnion –a Big Wowza! of a novel from Red Deer Press

  Click the boot to see the video trailer and more at Red Deer Press.  If you find this an unsettling view  of teenage girls then I suggest you consider all that’s been written about their physical and psychological cruelty. Science fiction has nothing on the daily reality strutting through school hallways everywhere.

Rustle: I think of all the clicking, whirling cams, the screens and monitors, the hidden mics tracking our movements when we least suspect it–the never knowing when they’re watching. And I surrender to my own inevitable defeat. A tear rolls down my sorry check as I flashback to the Treason Times. I rememory all those twisted cores, those poor broken specimens struggling, impaled on their death sticks, waiting for the pain to end. Our ancestors, the human mothers who bore us, ridiculed ’til the very last milli and Beyond. That’ll be me soon. Sniff.

O thank you, Red Deer Press for your “…respect for the intelligence of the reader at every level…”–WOW–when’s the last time you read that in any American Publisher’s mission statement? Like NEVER!  I mean what American media outlet of any sort has any respect for the intelligence of its audience??? Red Deer Press is a Canadian operation–smirk, smirk.  Come on, be honest. I’m willing to entertain any suspects dishing up tomes to feed the intelligence hunger of Americans  anyone is willing to offer up.  Is it fair to argue that the fact that books in any form are still being produced by American publishers for the market is a good sign that we’ve not been entirely written off as complete morons–yet?  Big Big Sky is definitely not mental junk food for a dumbed down Young Adult audience. The very talented Kristyn Dunnion makes the most of every page to infiltrate and stretch the imagination of whoever picks up this totally engaging novel which raises a multitude of issues about blind obedience, genetic manipulation, love, leadership. loyalty and survival of the fittest–“Decline, Deform, Disobey.”  This is one hell of a science fiction/fantasy adventure into uncharted waters and beyond for the all female crew of a StarPod of young assassins: Rustle, Loo, Solomon, Shona and Roku.  Dunnion creates a tightly controlled world of young people trained by ScanMans to exterminate other humans. Then Dunnion turns the tables on the core group and soon they’re deep in a swim for their own lives to the lands beyond the mountain of total mind control. There’s good language craft fun with all the lingo Dunnion devises for this unruly passel of rampaging lasses as the plot unfolds from the shifting perspectives of each.  You don’t have to be a teenager or a female to jump into this novel and enjoy it immensely.  Keeping an open mind about love relationships and science fiction could be a tad useful at the onset–until the characters themselves yanky yank you into their world of troubles and tribulations and transformations.  Ever dream of becoming a big bird? How about an amphibian? What’s your control freak conformity factor?  All is fair in love and war, right?

I’m eagerly awaiting more of Kristyn Dunnion’s wicked writing wonders. I promise to share with the other girls nice nice.

See what else is on the reading plates at Red Deer Press http://www.reddeerpress.com/

4 Comments

  1. Roxie said,

    May 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    don’t make a promise you can’t keep, hehehe…glad you discovered such a fab talent in Kristyn Dunnion, I’ll check it out, thanks! 🙂

    • May 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      LOL, Roxie! I think the trick in YA fiction is that it must offer intensity to hold interest and Dunnion seems to have mastered that element.
      Cheers to ColdDeadHeart and Slpmartin up there in the Like boxes. 🙂

  2. Meg said,

    June 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Okay is this available on a NOOK? I love YA writing because and maybe this is TMI, I like to read a good story that isn’t riddled with graphic sex scenes (also why I tend towards female writers of Sci-fi) Seriously I went through a faze where every book I picked up had a rape scene or a sex with an android prostitute scene in the first chapter and thats when I discovered Sherri S. Tepper and Kage Baker. The intensity in YA writing is right on too, and I think the whole trying to deal with the world as an independent theme that is pervasive in YA fiction (but also in real life too, doesn’t matter how old you are). Thanks for reviewing books. I am always looking for a new sci fi read.

    • June 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Meg, sorry I have no clue about NOOK availability. I just started a short story collection by KD, The Dirt Chronicles, which are not sci-fi nor YA. So far the writing is solid and the characters are intense. I too am also on the look-out for new sci-fi reads so please SHARE any wonders you discover! Glad you’re enjoying my book reviews.


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