Facsimile by Vicki L. Weavil
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
For a ticket to Earth, seventeen-year-old Anna-Maria “Ann” Solano is willing to jettison her birth planet, best friend, and the boy who loves her. Especially since all she’s required to do is escort Dace Keeling, a young naturalist, through the wilderness of the partially terraformed planet Eco. Ann‘s determination to escape the limitations of her small, frontier colony never falters, until Dace’s expeditions uncover three secrets. One offers riches, one shatters Ann’s perceptions of herself, and one reveals that the humans stranded on Eco are not its only inhabitants.
Ann’s willing to sacrifice friendship and love for a new life on Earth. But when an entire species is placed in jeopardy by her actions, she must make a choice – fulfill the dream that’s always sustained her, or save the planet she’s never considered home.
FACSIMILE was an enjoyable read. A YA science fiction involving issues of space colonization and future caste systems, where only 100 percenters are welcome on Earth, as opposed to those who are made from cyber parts, or those whose DNA is not purely human. Even though the world has changed immensely, the wealthy still reign supreme.
I like that the romance was minor, even though I am a fan of the love triangle.
Though the technology was there, the focus was more on the social science of anthropology, which in itself was refreshing. It reminded me a little of Orson Scott Card's Speaker for the Dead, where we are introduced to a new species who wishes to live alongside mankind.
I would definitely recommend this to the science fiction fan of all ages, from middle grade to adult.
Vicki L. Weavil was raised in a farming community in Virginia, where her life was shaped by a wonderful family, the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an obsession with reading. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Virginia, a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University, and a Masters in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After working as a librarian at the NY Public Library at Lincoln Center, and the Museum of Television & Radio (now the Paley Center for Media) in NYC, she is currently the Director for Library Services at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Vicki loves good writing in any genre, and has been known to read seven books in as many days. She enjoys travel, gardening, and the arts. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband and some very spoiled cats. A member of SCBWI, Vicki is represented by Fran Black at Literary Counsel, NY, NY.
Giveaway Information: Contest ends March 25, 2016
· Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Facsimile by Vicki L. Weavil (INT)