MORE Girl Power! Coming of age in the alien, post-apocalyptic age.
I love YA. I love coming of age stories. I’ve been binge-watching Stranger Things (Well, an episode nightly, which is the definition of binge watching when you have younger children and force yourself to be an adult and go to bed when the credits role.). Anyway, at the start of season 2, the opener starts with a bunch of twenty-somethings. Whaaa? I turned to my husband and said, “If they don’t have those young teenagers in it this season, I’m out.”
So when I checked out the audition script for Girl Vs and saw young Rhyan taking out aliens one scene, and in the next struggling to find her place in the ragtag band of survivors she’s fallen in with, I was all over it. Xela Culletto, the author, had me hooked.
Is it warm and fuzzy? Nope. But there’s hope.
Now, I’ve read and listened to a lot of books, and one way to turn me off is to tell a story that probes all the dark sides of human nature and then end it with the message, “life is hard, see?” Nope. I mean, yup, yes it is, but I don’t need a relentlessly dark reminder of that. I have the whole, real-life thing for that.
Anyway, Xela Culletto does NOT let knife-wielding heroine Rhyan get off easy, but there are breaks of humanity and caring throughout. There’s hope. And that’s what all that dark angst is there for, right, to make the ray of hope shine all the brighter? (I get this vague feeling like I’m plagiarizing Samwise Gangee there, so now I must watch LOTR, again. After Stranger…And I guess adulting it means an hour of LOTR a night, so I can be an approximation of a rational parent in the morning.) Recommended for lovers of girl power, post-apocalyptic science fiction or fantasy, those who occasionally muse “Maybe I SHOULD become a prepper…”, and for YA old enough to handle darker themes though on-screen human-on-human violence is very limited and the language clean.