Zero acorns: "throw this book on the top of the wood pile"
Ten acorns: "You can have this book when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers"
Dave Burton wrote:I give this book 10 out of 10 acorns!
I just finished reading it, and this is why I liked the book:
1) The formatting/style is one of the first things i pick up on when reading a book, and I love how Jesikah uses formatting to tell the story. Every chapter begins with some quotes, either from real life or the world she has created, which help set the tone and theme for each chapter. This format of starting with quotes also primes the reader for what to be thinking about and looking out for in that chapter. I also like how the chapters are fairly short,because it makes the book great to pick up and put down throughout the day.
2) Characters. I really enjoyed the characters, how they interact, and the way in which they were used to tell the story. Almost all characters had equal strength in their influence and drive to direct the story, which is something I have not encountered much of before, but it really builds the world and story well.
3) World-building I love how the book is so well-thought out. I could tell when I was reading the book that the author has done her research; this is what makes some fictions books awesome! It's just so much more enjoyable when various aspects of the real world get remixed to create a new world and story. Jesikah used Mars Colony habitat experiments, LARPing, permaculture, recent advances in technology like drones and nanotechnology, and more. Then, beyond remixing reality, reasonable progress of technology and sustainable techniques were imagined for the future, which makes the story all the more engaging and believable.
4) Legal issues. This is kind of an extension of how much I liked the world-building. I really liked the legal questions that the author raises in the book, within the community under the dome, the dome and its community's standing in the outside world, the inheritance of the Legacy, and the company behind all of this. I enjoyed how all of these legal matters came up throughout the book and helped to drive the plot and build a sense of "what's next?".