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Stranger Many generations ago a mysterious cataclysm struck the world Governments collapsed and people scattered to rebuild where they could A mutation the Change arose granting some people unique powers

  • Title: Stranger
  • Author: Rachel Manija Brown Sherwood Smith
  • ISBN: 9780670014804
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Stranger By Rachel Manija Brown Sherwood Smith, Many generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could A mutation, the Change, arose, granting some people unique powers Though the area once called Los Angeles retains its cultural diversity, its technological marvels have faded into legend Las Anclas now resembles a Wild West frontierMany generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could A mutation, the Change, arose, granting some people unique powers Though the area once called Los Angeles retains its cultural diversity, its technological marvels have faded into legend Las Anclas now resembles a Wild West frontier town where the Sheriff possesses superhuman strength, the doctor can warp time to heal his patients, and the distant ruins of an ancient city bristle with deadly crystalline trees that take their jewel like colors from the clothes of the people they killed Teenage prospector Ross Juarez s best find ever an ancient book he doesn t know how to read nearly costs him his life when a bounty hunter is set on him to kill him and steal the book Ross barely makes it to Las Anclas, bringing with him a precious artifact, a power no one has ever had before, and a whole lot of trouble.

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    1. This is a YA post apocalyptic novel, with a mutation twist and a Wild West flavor It s told from the alternating points of view of five different teens who live in Las Anclas, what s left of Los Angeles, a small walled town of a little over a thousand people.The backstory is that several generations ago, there was a worldwide disaster caused by sun flares that caused machinery to stop working and mutations human, animals and plants to proliferate These mutations, called the Change, are often tri [...]

    2. This is a collaboration, but my rule still holds my review only talks about the process of writing it Actual reviews are up to readers.Rachel Manija Brown was working in Hollywood when she first got the idea She s always loved the images and story elements of Westerns the stranger who comes to town and shakes things up, the desperate chase through the desert, the man with no name, the tough sheriff, the saloon where everyone in town comes to gossip But she wanted one where the characters were l [...]

    3. Three years ago, Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith went public with a post about a post apocalypic YA novel they had written together During the submission process, they received a response from an agent who offered to represent the book, on the condition that we make the gay character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to his sexual orientation They refused.Their post led to a great deal of discussion about the need for gay characters in YA literature The agency in q [...]

    4. D.N.F at 46% I feel really bad for not connecting with this book, before reading I was actually really excited because my young adult streak hasn t been at it s bestI find it very sad when you go into a book you were expecting to love but ended up disappointing you It s like online dating, all the qualities are so good but after meeting them in person you re like I enjoyed the first 100 pages but what the author failed to do was balance out the world building and the character developing I love [...]

    5. When I first started reading the description, this book sounded like just another cliche dystopia Then I kept reading, and yeah, I totally want this in my hands yesterday.Also, the doctor can warp time to heal his patients The doctor can warp time.The Doctor can warp time Am I the only one laughing at this Sorry, not sorry If nothing else, that cover design is awesome Okay, not really, but I m laughing anyway.

    6. Some really juicy worldbuilding in this one A post apoc where the mutations are out of hand reminded me curiously of Harry Harrison s Deathworld in terms of sheer number of things trying to kill the protagonist s Five viewpoint characters, lots of action took me nicely through part of the interminable plane journey home.

    7. A young prospector stumbles across the desert, pursued by a bounty hunter His only chance at escape is to squeeze past the singing trees but if they touch him, he ll be dead in a day and turn into one of them.The opening immediately hooked me, but the rest of the book takes place in a town and was really lacking in tension The world building for this post apocalyptic YA novel is wonderfully imaginative a sun flare stopped all machinery from working and changed life on earth Now, every life form [...]

    8. Post apocalyptic YA Ross is on the run from a bounty hunter He hasn t had anyone on his side since his grandmother died, so when he washes up in Las Anclas a stranger in a haven of near tolerance and a community of people trying to do their best in a lethal world he doesn t know how to deal with the friendship and kindness he meets in some of the people there Some want him to stay teenaged engineer Mia and ranger in training Jennie are the first friends Ross has ever had, and maybe they could be [...]

    9. I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this book, and how much it subverted the paradigms it is a part of I bought it because the great faith I have in Sherwood Smith to be surprising and insightful in her depiction of teenagers I kept reading it because it was relentlessly enjoyable fast paced, humane, thrilling, and tender.It would be easy to write this off as another HungerMazeRunnerDystopiana It s not It is about the difficulty of being a part of a community, and heroing that involves educat [...]

    10. reviewing an arc man, am i ever sorry this book is not out yet, because i want everybody to read it and then write me fics it s a post apocalyptic story done without this specific flair of post ap noir despair i ve loved the vibrancy of the setting first, with deadly yet bright and lively fauna or not always deadly my favorites were squirrels that learned to telekinetically steal food , and small enclaves of people trying to survive the book follows ross, a skittish, half feral boy who ends up i [...]

    11. This will still be to read when it s published next year, but just finished a reread today, and it s even better than when I read it in early manuscript form The diversity in multiple senses of the set of characters is one strength, the world building another, and the climactic battle scene at the end was so gripping I had enormous difficulty putting it down, even though this was a reread Many different POV characters, but it never becomes confusing or weakens the tension, and it s wonderful see [...]

    12. I was given this book by the author after my sister recommended she send it to me in exchange for an honest review I m glad my sister knows my taste because I really enjoyed this book I award it 4.5 stars.Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith has FIVE POV s in the tale Usually, this is a tactic that is totally lost on me because there s either not enough story for these characters and this may play true a little bit here or it s just not well done But don t be deterred by the number [...]

    13. In the author s words Ross, the hero, has PTSD and a disabled hand from an injury acquired in the first chapter The tendons are damaged, and he can t close his fingers to make a fist or grip tightly Though Ross survives and escapes, the damage to his arm is severe and possibly permanent Ross lives with loss of function and some amount of occurring pain I also live with chronic pain and lost function in my arms and hands due to an old injury, and I was curious to see how such a non standard physi [...]

    14. For reviews, Cover Snark and , visit A Reader of Fictions.When the offer of Stranger came to me, I almost said no My hopes were low I only accepted because of my infernal, unquenchable curiosity and how interesting Stranger sounded The blurb I saw then mentioned squirrels that can teleport sandwiches out of picnickers hands, and it was that part which made me incapable of not giving Stranger a try Even so, I was afraid There are a lot of dystopian and post apocalyptic YA novels that sounded ama [...]

    15. 4.5 I liked this a lot The worldbuilding is great I love the singing trees in particular, the pit mouth is a cool monster, the post apocalyptic setting worked for me, and just overall I thought it fit together well At the very beginning there were imo too many PoV switches, but it surprised me how quickly I began to care about the characters I liked both the quieter character town and the action parts I m glad that there are already sequels to this one because I really look forward to reading .

    16. Disclaimer I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review This did not change my opinion of the book or the contents of this review.The closest comparison I can find to this book is Michael Grant s Gone, only subtle It s a bit of an ironic description, since Rachel Manija Brown doesn t like Gone very much But in my mind, Grant s writing shares a lot of strengths with the writing of Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith henceforth known as Brith, because that s less of a [...]

    17. Stranger was one of the books I flagged in my anticipated books series six months ago and I did so solely on the basis of the above blurb It sounded like an engaging post apocalyptic adventure with a bit of a Weird West vibe, something that I d enjoyed in several other books earlier in the year And it was all of that, but it was even than that Because this book This book could be the poster child for the We Need Diverse Books movement The book features protagonists of colour, sexual orientation [...]

    18. I love this book Really good story Really good worldbuilding I love the mysterious past stuff, and the authors must have had fun figuring out how the town works, and as for the changed magical ecology it s awesome, all the way from the carnivorous singing trees to the intelligent coyote and raccoon predators to the fireflies that come in all different colours I loved reading Mia and Ross and Jennie, and then not only do I get good characters there s a gay romance, and then not only that but a co [...]

    19. This book was a lot of fun I was slightly confused at first by the multiple points of view because there were so many of them Ross, Mia, Jennie, Yuki, and Felicit but that s my only complaint The large cast is actually one of this book s strengths it is a story with heroes in community, not just one or two people on their own And Brown and Smith pull this off beautifully The young people are all engaging, with a variety of goals, flaws, and personalities, and the supporting cast of other youth a [...]

    20. Really, for me, this is of a 2.5 stars Otherwise, I probably would have finished it I m super into the diversity there are TONS of races and cultures here, and people of various orientation Indeed, of the five point of view characters, I don t think any two are the same race, and one is gay I m really glad this book exists for all the people whose experiences it celebrates.However, notice how I said five point of view characters This book has a LOT packed into it Lots of people, lots of differe [...]

    21. I received a copy of this from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest reviewPost apocalyptic western in which a young man finds refuge in a town after discovering a treasure that someone else wants badly enough to kill for There were too many characters to follow, which never really allowed me to become invested in any of them The characters of Mia and Jennie were too similar and I was often confused about which one I was following The action sequences were exciting, but they wer [...]

    22. This is, without fail, the first book I recommend to anyone looking for recommendations, and the easiest five stars I ve ever given To me, characters are the most important part of every story, and this Rachel Manija Brown really knocks it out of the park with Stranger s characters The book is written Game of Thrones style, with alternating perspectives between a fixed number of main characters five, if I remember correctly, though it might be four Every single one of these perspectives presents [...]

    23. the setting is pretty cool post apocalyptic Western LA yeah and nearly everyone is POC, which was done pretty well imltho actually surprisingly SPOILERS SPOILERS but i was so so sure that this one character was aro ace, since she kept being like i ve never been attracted to anyone is something wrong with me hmmm my dad says it s okay though but then in the end, she falls for this other guy and kisses him and it s like NO WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALLLLLLLL sigh

    24. Ross felt the tree before they saw it, moonlight reflecting crimson off its gemlike facets He knew where it was like he knew his own left hand He could even sense how far the shards could reach And he knew it wouldn t loose those shards at him I completely breezed through that book Though it s a little over 400 pages child s play, really , and it reads super quickly and easily A lot of chapters are pack full of action, and those that aren t, are just main characters furthering their own little s [...]

    25. Years ago, I read a book by Sherwood Smith called Wren to the Rescue I fell in love with the characters and the world the author created That book really stoked my love for fantasy literature So when I saw this book at the library and read the synopsis, I thought I d give it a try because it really sounded like my sort of thing.But, after less than a fifth of the way in, I was struggling Stranger is just clumsy After a strong start with Ross being chased by a bounty hunter through a perilous des [...]

    26. Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review A needle of pain jabbed in his wrist, then shot into his forearm Ross patted it He tried to lift his hand, but his whole arm felt heavy.A crystal shard was growing under this skin Stranger is about a young man, a town, and fighting for survival in a post apocalyptic world When a young man suddenly shows up near the town of Las Anclas everything changes The town people don t know if they should kick him out or le [...]

    27. I love this book A dystopian landscape that isn t unrelentingly bleakThe desert is just as harsh and beautiful as ever Mutations have made the flora and fauna even strange and deadly, but this dystopian landscape still has moments of beauty and loveliness Humanity isn t its own worst enemyOther people can still be dangerous, but characters can give each other the benefit of the doubt and not have it be their fatal mistake Los Anclas is a community working together against a common goal There ar [...]

    28. DISCLAIMER I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review Brown and Smith have created a fantastic and rich world in the post apocalyptic Wild West Stranger and populated it with an array of interesting characters With five alternating viewpoints, it s easy for the reader to get immersed in this post cataclysmic world There are a lot of little details that discerning readers can pick up on, especially when it comes to hints about what life was like before the cataclysm [...]

    29. Review Copy the libraryThe book Stranger centers on what happens when Ross Juarez, a teenaged prospector, is rescued and brought to the town of Las Anclas, a post apocalyptic take on the classic Western setting in the desert complete with saloons and mysterious strangers The town is under constant threat by invaders and is walled off from the desert by huge, mechanized gates Out in the desert, crystalline trees kill anyone who happens upon them Inside the town, some people are Changed and have c [...]

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