Let’s start with the technical stuff first:
Ruby’s Fire written by Catherine Stine
First Published: June 09,2013
Publisher: Konjur Road Press
Now on to the juicy tidbits. Ruby’s Fire is a novel about Ruby Fireseed and her brother Thorn. The story begins with Ruby being paired with an Elder in the Fireseed Cult. This elder is cruel, I mean like Warren Jeffs on meth cruel. Ruby is terrified about being this man’s mate and takes action. She grabs her brother and makes a daring escape. They end up at a place called The Greening, which turns out to be a school for underprivileged or orphaned teens.
While the headmistress, Nevada, offers them a place at the school; it’s not all warm hugs and kisses. It’s also not a Harry Potter boarding school. Ruby and Thorn have to constantly prove themselves among their peers. The brother and sister find it very hard to adapt to life outside the Fireseed Cult but eventually they both find their niche and start bonding with a few of the other students. These new friendships prove to be crucial as the story progresses.
The story is suspenseful and introduces you to some pretty far out concepts. Catherine Stine does a great job of making these strange ideas conceivable and relevant to the story. One could also make a discussion about issues in the book that are relevant today. I’m merely highlighting what I caught.
The world is in tatters because of Climate Change. The Southern US is all extreme desert. Tsunami’s seemed to have destroyed other parts of the country and Las Vegas is now a coastal town.
There’s a big divide between the “Climate Refugees” and the Northern peoples. Climate Refugees are essentially cut off from everything and are left to themselves to survive, while people who don’t live in the desert are rich and live in relative luxury. I get the impression that the refugees are looked down upon. (Open can of worms now)
Large corporations seem to rule everything.
These are just a few things I caught and if you like arguing or having heated arguments then you could read this book and start a discussion panel with your friends (or enemies?). I enjoyed making these inferences simply because it makes the book, which is set in the future, more relevant to me. It also made the characters, even the unlikable ones, more relatable.
I laughed, I cried, and in a lot of parts I got a little creeped out. I am betting that this will be a great series to get hooked on and heartily recommend it to fans of Science Fiction, YA, and Dystopian sagas.
If you want to know more about the author, Catherine Stine, here is a link to her Amazon profile
Check it out and Happy Reading!