Books by L. J. Adlington

CHERRY HEAVEN by L. J. Adlington
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

This disappointing sequel to the compelling Holocaust-themed Diary of Pelly D (2005) lacks the suspense and quiet horror of its predecessor. Ten years after the Galrezi genocide that shook their utopian world, teenaged sisters Kat and Tanka J relocate to the Frontier, a rural community that promises peace and equality. But their new home, located in a cherry orchard, is tainted by rumors of a Galrezi family that was mysteriously murdered there. The sisters' story alternates with that of Luka P, an abused factory worker who has escaped her overseers and is seeking revenge on the people who abandoned her. The stories converge when Luka's true identity is unveiled and her oppressors turn out ironically to be the same Frontier leaders who promised "never again." Adlington essentially recycles the same story and themes as in her debut, and what was subtle there is heavy handed here. Even the stronger sections written in Luka's distinctive voice can't overcome the belabored climax and contrived plot. However, the author does reveal the fates of some key characters from Pelly D's journal, so stock some copies for fans of the first novel. (Science fiction. YA)Read full book review >
THE DIARY OF PELLY D by L. J. Adlington
Released: April 1, 2005

On a colonized planet, a stolid boy working demolition discovers the buried diary of a self-absorbed rich girl. Toni V is smashing concrete to help rebuild City 5, destroyed in the recent war. His drill hits a diary that he secretly reads at night, against the rules. Adlington skillfully makes Pelly's diary appealing from the beginning, even when Pelly herself is snotty and self-entitled. Her life of luxury begins to unravel, as political forces require everyone's ancestry to be tested and stamped on their hands. Discrimination suddenly affects Pelly, who discovers she's a Galrezi, the lowest genetic classification. Political powers evict her from her apartment and ration her water, which all these humans bred with gills need for nourishment. Pelly's story ends with sudden character warmth and a Holocaust parallel; thoughtful Toni's last decision is hopeful, though it's hard to see where the hope can lead. (Science fiction. YA)Read full book review >