Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony
Publication Date: May 13th, 2010
Published by Putnam Juvenile
Hardcover, 320 Pages
Source: ARC won from author
Teen Book Scene Blog Tour
Summary from Goodreads:
"The year is 2041, and sixteen-year-old Molly McClure has lived a relatively quiet life on an isolated farming island in Canada, but when her family fears the worst may have happened to her grandparents in the US, Molly must brave the dangerous, chaotic world left after global economic collapse—one of massive oil shortages, rampant crime, and abandoned cities.
Molly is relieved to find her grandparents alive in their Portland suburb, but they’re financially ruined and practically starving. What should’ve been a quick trip turns into a full-fledged rescue mission. And when Molly witnesses something the local crime bosses wishes she hadn’t, Molly’s only way home may be to beat them at their own game. Luckily, there’s a handsome stranger who’s willing to help.
Restoring Harmony is a riveting, fast-paced dystopian tale complete with adventure and romance that readers will devour."
My Review: **** = 4 Stars
Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony is a very unique read. It has a dystopian feel, but isn't overpowered by the fact that it takes place in the future and the society is extremely different than it is now. Anthony was able to create an interesting society that survived after the Collapse, but the base of the novel revolves around Molly and her travel from Canada to the States to find her Grandfather and bring him to her family's home. Music was an integral part of this story and I loved how the author combined that with the rest of the story so fluidly. It wasn't forced and made for an exciting side story, that also weaved it's way throughout the lives of other characters, such as Molly's mother and Grandfather.
The book combines adventure, with family, love and determination. I loved taking this journey with Molly and seeing just how things would work out. The author also included some mystery in the novel when she introduced the character of Spill, which we find more about later on in the story.
Molly was a great MC that not only found her way to her grandparents, but also found herself along the way. She went from being a sixteen year old girl to a woman. She's resourceful and like I mentioned above, very determined. I especially enjoyed the other characters of Brandy and Michael, as well as Randall, who really grew on me.
Whether you're a fan of dystopian or contemporary, I think most readers will find something in this novel that will interest them.
Make sure you stop back by tomorrow, when Joelle answers some questions for the blog tour!