Author: Vicki L. Weavil
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
For a ticket to Earth, seventeen-year-old Anna-Maria “Ann” Solano is willing to jettison her birth planet, best friend, and the boy who loves her. Especially since all she’s required to do is escort Dace Keeling, a young naturalist, through the wilderness of the partially terraformed planet Eco. Ann‘s determination to escape the limitations of her small, frontier colony never falters, until Dace’s expeditions uncover three secrets. One offers riches, one shatters Ann’s perceptions of herself, and one reveals that the humans stranded on Eco are not its only inhabitants.
Ann’s willing to sacrifice friendship and love for a new life on Earth. But when an entire species is placed in jeopardy by her actions, she must make a choice – fulfill the dream that’s always sustained her, or save the planet she’s never considered home
Facsimile is the story of Ann and her desire to leave Eco and return to Earth. Ann wants nothing more than to escape the planet she was born on and go to Earth, where she feels that her family will do better. Her grandparents were sent to Eco to terraform a new world as Earth is getting over crowded, but when production was shut down her family was stuck there. Ann is not happy with her prospects on Eco, and what her life would entail, she jumps at the first chance she has to leave Eco, even if it means escorting Dace around her planet.
Dace and Ann discover something that just may change Ann’s mind about herself, and the planet she calls home.
I liked this book, it was my first true science fiction book, and it kept me intrigued from the moment I picked it up. I enjoyed watching Ann struggle with her feelings about being on Eco and her desire to leave and return to Earth, something she feels that the rest of her family should want as well.
I will say that I did struggle some with the characters, I was not really fond of Ann’s mother and did not like the way she did not seem that interested in what was best for Ann, just want was best for herself. I loved Ann’s relationship with her grandmother and father, as well as the group of kids that are around Ann’s age. I especially liked how she really struggled with her feelings towards the boys her age, and the budding friendship she had with Dace.
I was not too surprised when the other species was found, but I did like that it was not your typical “alien” race, and the way they were discovered and Ann’s connection to them was interesting. I also enjoyed seeing the planet come together to save this new race.
The one aspect that I could have done without though was the love triangle between Ann, Raid and Dace. I felt there was no need for it, just because there were two male choices for her did not mean that a triangle was needed, for me it added nothing to the story.
I have to say that I did enjoy the way that the author ended this book. She leaves you wanting more, and really anticipating the second book in the series to see who Ann chooses and what happens with their discovery and Ann’s family.
Vicki L. Weavil was raised in a farming community in Virginia, where her life was shaped by a wonderful family, the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an obsession with reading. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Virginia, a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University, and a Masters in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After working as a librarian at the NY Public Library at Lincoln Center, and the Museum of Television & Radio (now the Paley Center for Media) in NYC, she is currently the Director for Library Services at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Vicki loves good writing in any genre, and has been known to read seven books in as many days. She enjoys travel, gardening, and the arts. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband and some very spoiled cats. A member of SCBWI, Vicki is represented by Fran Black at Literary Counsel, NY, NY.
Giveaway Information: Contest ends March 25, 2016
Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Facsimile by Vicki L. Weavil (INT)