Five Plus Stars for Ruby’s Fire
Ruby’s Fire is a fantastic story. More please! I really hope Catherine is off writing somewhere. She’s just so dang good at it.
I’m not the best reviewer on the planet, nowhere near as eloquent as many of my colleagues and nowhere near as detailed, but I do know when there’s a great book in my hands.
Ruby’s Fire is a story I keep thinking about. I read it months ago… before it came out. I keep thinking about Ruby and her brother and those incredible plants Catherine invented.
Ruby is a character with issues and talents. Her talent for mixing natural substances leads to her problem of habitual usage of a mixture that helps her sleep.
Events in her life feed that need for escape, and that’s how the story opens, with the physical need to escape a horrible future. Risking all, Ruby grabs her little brother and heads out into the unknown.
Most of the world around her is desolate, barren, and harsh.
She ends up in a place where she and her brother can learn and grow alongside the Fireseed plants and other outcasts.
I looked forward to reading this story every evening, and only the need for sleep made me put it down. Ruby’s Fire is a complete delight. I’d give this book six stars if I could. It definitely earns a five star plus rating.
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If everything about you changes, what remains?
Seventeen year-old Ruby, long-pledged to the much older Stiles from the Fireseed desert cult, escapes with only a change of clothes, a pouch of Oblivion Powder and her mute little brother, Thorn. Arriving at The Greening, a boarding school for orphaned teens, she can finally stop running. Or can she? The Greening is not what it seems. Students are rampaging out of control and as she cares for the secret Fireseed crop, she experiences frightening physical changes. She’s ashamed of her attraction to burly, hard-talking Blane, the resident bodyguard, and wonders why she can’t be happy with the gentler Armonk. She’s long considered her great beauty a liability, a thing she’s misused in order to survive. And how is she to stop her dependence on Oblivion to find a real beauty within, using her talent as a maker of salves, when she has nightmares of Stiles without it?
When George Axiom, wealthy mogul of Vegas-by-the-Sea offers a huge cash prize for the winner of a student contest, Ruby is hopeful she might collect the prize to rescue her family and friends from what she now knows is a dangerous cult. But when Stiles comes to reclaim her, and Thorn sickens after creating the most astonishing contest project of all, the world Ruby knows is changed forever. This romantic fantasy set in 2099 on earth has a crafty heroine in Ruby, and a swoonworthy cast, which will surely appeal to the YA and new adult audience.
Catherine Stine writes YA, New Adult and middle grade fiction. Her YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One, illustrated by the author won finalist spots in both YA and Science Fiction in the 2013 USA Book News International Book Awards. It was also granted a 2013 Bronze Wishing Shelf Book Award and a 2013 Indie Reader Approved notable stamp. Her YA Refugees, earned a New York Public Library Best Book. Middle grade novels include A Girl’s Best Friend.
Fireseed One’s sequel, Ruby’s Fire is earning advance praise from reviewers and authors:
“Ruby’s Fire, returns to the sun-scorched earth of Fireseed One. In this long-awaited sequel, Stine delivers a thrilling adventure led by a new and exciting cast of characters. Ruby, Armonk, Thorn and Blane are memorable, and the romance is really well handled. Favorite quote: ” It feels wrong to lean on Armonk right now with Blane staring at me, a hungry, lonely look in his eye. It’s as if he’s never been hugged, never been fed, never been loved…” ” -YAs the Word
More and more, Catherine enjoys writing speculative tales where her imagination has wild and free reign. She has taught creative writing workshops at the Philadelphia Writing Conference, Missouri University Summer Abroad, The New School and in her own ongoing NYC writing workshop. She loves her readers, and enjoys blogging.
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