Author bio: “I’m a little bit quirky, a mother of five and married to a most marvelous children’s dentist. I appreciate God’s Mercy toward me.” Lelia writes books about homeschoolers coping with their new life in space!
Book synopsis: Fleeing persecution and low on fuel, religious refugees from Old Earth find themselves stranded on a planet with a dark history. The promise of a future is shadowed by a dreadful past. Twelve-year-old Rejoice Holly is expected to someday become a farmer’s wife, and set aside her dreams of astronomy. But the discovery that their Promised Land is already inhabited isn’t helping her struggle between duty and dreams. Peace seems precarious, and the voice of reason is being silenced by one of fear.
As a new danger looms, the friendship or enmity forged could save or doom them all. Will the colonists and natives be able to set aside their differences for the sake of survival?
“Shatterworld,” by Lelia Rose Foreman, is a very unique book. I can honestly say that I have never read a book like it. It follows a colony of extremely legalistic Christians that have left Earth due to threats and have settled on a barren planet. They are trying to make their way on the planet by farming, digging, and building. The book focuses on a twelve-year-old girl named Rejoice, who dreams of being an astronomer, not a farmer. She struggles with the fact that everyone but her views astronomy as selfish, vain, and worthless, and tries to cope with the strict rules applied to everyone. When an accident introduces the colony to the native people living on the planet, everything begins changing. Will the colonists be able to peacefully communicate with the natives, and even trade resources?
I enjoyed the book. However, it is very different than any book I’ve ever read. I was thrown off by the super strict Christian rules and the extremely original names. Many, if not all, of the names are based off phrases from the Bible or Christian hymns. Therefore, many of the names are at least four words long. Because of this and the mere setting of the book, I was very confused when I first started reading it, and it took me a few chapters to actually figure out what was going on. However, after the initial confusion, I was able to get into the book and enjoy it. Rejoice felt like a well-developed character, however, many of the other characters came across as pretty flat and one-dimensional. I found myself frustrated with the legalistic Christians, but I believe that was the author’s intent, so I don’t mind. I thought that the plot was unique and it held my attention. I found myself wondering what would happen next, and definitely enjoyed sitting down to read the story. If you don’t mind reading about super legalistic Christians, and you enjoy sci-fi adventure stories, then this book is for you! I give it three out of five stars.
- Series: N/A
- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: Written World Communications (June 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1938679083
- ISBN-13: 978-1938679087
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
INTERACTIVE RESOURCES FOR “SHATTERWORLD”
Writing prompt: Rejoice feels that her heart’s calling is to study astronomy, even with everyone telling her that she should not. What is your strongest passion, and what motivates you to follow through with it despite the odds and naysayers?
Writing Prompt provided by Time4Writing, one of the foremost resources for homeschool writing courses.
Interactive Spelling Games for “Shatterworld”
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