CHERRY HEAVEN by L. J. Adlington


Age Range: 14 & up
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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)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-143180-7
Page count: 464pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2008