Within the last year, I’ve discovered that I enjoy speculative fiction, and C.J. Darlington’s Jupiter Winds (Mountainview Books, LLC) only confirmed this revelation. This novel will appeal to readers who like adventure, strong female characters, and unique settings.
Grey Alexander and her sister Orinda are orphans living in the North American Wildlife Preserve. One day the ruling Mazdaar government kidnaps Grey and transports her to a settlement on Jupiter. Mazdaar General Evangeline Yurkutz intends to use Grey as bait to draw out her parents, who are alive and in hiding on Jupiter. Grey learns that her parents play key roles in the Yien Dynasty, the empire that is fighting Mazdaar’s quest for domination. Grey and other members of the Yien Dynasty must work together to stop Mazdaar.
This book held my attention, and the plot was paced well. Darlington weaves biblical truths into the story and avoids the darkness that is currently popular in young adult fiction. Finally, the details about the Jupiter setting are imaginative and add obstacles for Grey and the other characters.
I highly recommend Jupiter Winds and hope there will be a sequel.
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review.