Jan 2, 2011

Book Review: Trickster's Girl

In the year 2098 America isn't so different from the USA of today. But, in a post-9/11 security-obssessed world, "secured" doesn't just refer to borders between countries, it also refer to borders between states. Teenagers still think they know everything, but there is no cure for cancer, as Kelsa knows first-hand from watching her father die. 

The night Kelsa buries her father, a boy appears. He claims magic is responsible for the health of Earth, but  human damage disrupts its flow. The planet is dying.  

Kelsa has the power to reverse the damage, but first she must accept that magic exists and see beyond her own pain in order to heal the planet.    

Wow!  This book is why I love reading Young Adult.  There is action, suspense and a lot of character development.  Oh and you just have to love the Trickster, Raven.

For a fifteen year old, Kelsa is surprisingly mature but losing her father has really knocked her world askew.  So when she is repeatedly asked to save the world, she figures why not as they didn't do everything possible to save her father's life.   While I don't recommend any teenager to take off on a dirt bike and travel from Utah to Alaska, I did enjoy watching how the journey helped her come to terms with the loss of her father and accept that he will always be with her.

I also really appreciated the message about how we are messing up the world and that we need to start fixing it.  This is a message that needs to go out to everyone but especially our younger generation.

I haven't read of books from Hilari Bell before but you can bet that I will be keeping an eye out for more.


  1. I just finished "The Swan Thieves" and am now reading "Ape House" -- have you read either of those?


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