And finishing the week-long Tinted Lens Blogoversary Festival, we have a Book Review! Yay! Juno of Taris was an interesting and unique book, to say the least. The island of Taris was created in the early 21st century to protect the human race. A specially selected group of a few hundred people were placed on the island with food and their requirements and they were expect to live.
For 200 years, they have done so. They’ve been self-sufficient but 13 year old Juno wants to go to the outside world. She wants to break the mold; everyone on Taris is required to have their hair shaved, but why? Juno always asks this question but receives no response. As the curious Juno searches for answers, she discovers a horrible truth about the society she trusts so much. And throughout it all, Juno feels like someone is trying to destroy the opinions of the society. In seeking for the truth, Juno brings danger to herself and her closest friends.
Juno of Taris was a great book. The characters were really believable. I especially liked Vima, a secondary character and friend of Juno who assisted her in looking for answers. Juno’s grandmother Grif was also a great character. I loved how she was so supportive. The change in Juno over the course of the book was believable and likeable and positive. I also loved how Silvern, Juno’s school rival, went from an enemy to a best friend.
The plot in this novel was intense and unique. It was easy to follow and I really liked how each chapter ended with a series of conversations regarding the island gossip. It helped round-off things and gain insight into the working’s of the island. The ending was surprising and interesting as well. All the questions I had were answered apart from one: early in the book Juno was questioning who she should marry…but at the end the answer remained unknown. I would have appreciated something, even a hint, towards who she wanted to marry. It would cap off a remarkable turn around for her.
Fleur wrote this book with impeccable detail yet language which was simple. It was a pleasure to read and all in all a great novel.