Black Bead: Book One of the Black Bead Chronicles by J D Lakey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review**
Rating 5 Striking Stars
Overall: I want more!
Characters: Powerful, and complex
Plot: Refreshingly unexpected
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Best Seller: #1 in SciFi Colonization, Bestseller: Top 5 in Science Fiction 1/30/2016 Editorial Reviews: "Mesmerizing page turner" "A thrilling ride from start to finish!" If you liked Avatar and Ender's Game, you'll love Black Bead! On a savage, outlying planet an enclave of psionically-trained humans have built a utopian, matriarchal society that lives in harmony with all life. Leaving behind the polluted and corrupt world in which they lived, they colonized a new home far from the eyes of the galactic empire. Shielded from the rest of the galaxy by the dangerous beasts that inhabit their lush, forested world, the village lives a simple life under their Home Dome. But their goal was more than just to live in peace - they wanted to create the perfect human who could bring peace to the galaxy. Rather than merely cloning themselves, they began to manipulate genes in order to create a race of mutants with enhanced telepathic powers. Under the direction of the ruling coven, each child of the Windfall Dome is tested at a young age to asses their abilities - a test which is can plot the course for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, Cheobawn - the daughter of the ruling First Mother to the dome - is marked with the Black Bead on her Choosing Day, a symbol of bad luck and shame. It seems the child the village had placed so much hope in would not be the future ruler they had hoped for. Yet there is something powerful about her that the elders don't understand. Finally of age, Cheobawn is chosen to join a pack to act as the psychic Ear on a foraging mission outside the dome. She knows this is her chance to prove herself. But something sinister stalks them and each member of the pack must draw on their unique strengths and a lifetime of training if they want to survive to see another day. In her visionary new series, The Black Bead Chronicles, author J.D. Lakey invites you to journey along with Cheobawn, Megan, Tam, Connor, and Alain as they use their wits and their Luck to unravel the mysteries of the deceptively bucolic life beneath the dome in this coming of age metaphysical science fiction adventure!
Everything? But really, I loved this book from almost page one! It started interesting, and only got more exciting as you went. It helped that once you got past the first chapter, things started making more sense, only building to the tension and danger as you get to know the characters, and grow attached to each as you go. Can I have more already?! XD Can't wait to read the next book!
My biggest struggle was figuring out the culture of the people, and how their world worked. Once it starts explaining, and you get an idea of who's who, the book is pretty good at explaining after the first introduciton, and once you get used to the 'main' characters, they add their thoughts as you go, giving more detail to how things work.
That was a very minor con, but it was confusing at the beginning. So heads up! XD
I had been meaning to read this for a few months. When I received a requests to read it in exchange for a review I took a closer look. Still I wasn't sure what I was getting into. With in the first few pages I was hooked, and now wish I had started it sooner!
I really don't want to say too much, it's too good to risk giving anything away. Just know if you enjoy fantasy, action, adventure, and creative/descriptive worlds, you are in for a wild ride! XD Enjoy!