ages: 13 and up
grades: 7 and up
on sale: NOW
copy from: Omnific
author: Carol Oates
When Candra Ember wakes up in hospital after a dangerous encounter with a red-haired woman, she is shocked to discover that seeing a winged boy wasn’t her imagination. Candra is exposed to a world of rivalry and sacrifice she never knew existed, and the aftermath of a war to save humanity thousands of years ago. Soon she finds herself relentlessly stalked by Sebastian, a beautiful and arrogant Watcher Angel and romantically pursued by his darkly seductive rival, Draven. Ultimately, dubious about her own goodness, Candra’s very existence compromises a tentative peace in the city of Acheron.
"She was utterly alone" (Oates, 73)
I liked Shades of Atlantis, and I liked Ember. Oates is skilled in the way that she can delve deep into her characters, and bring them out. I just don't think that the fantasy premise really works for her obvious talent. The story was to me, quite dead. The plot the...the everything really. The actual writing was good, stylish. There's no doubt that Oates is a great writer, but I think she needs to work for a perfect story.