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Dry Souls by Denise Getson – Review and Giveaway

August 4, 2011

Long overdue, I’m posting my review of fellow CBAY author Denise Getson’s debut midgrade Dry Souls. I met Denise at the TLA Conference in late April and I thoroughly enjoyed her novel. As a fan of dystopia, I found her future world where the lack of usable water resources creates a society in crisis is well written and very believable. It is somewhat gentler than the YA dystopias of the last few years – which I think middle school parents, librarians, and teachers will appreciate.

The heroine, Kira, is a lonely orphan who discovers she can call water forth from the earth. The book follows her as she sets out to discover her past and how she might be able to use this skill to help her dying world. But it wouldn’t be a dystopian novel if the powers that be left Kira alone to save the planet. As she journeys through her own self discovery, she learns how to be a friend and whom not to trust. Well done, Denise. I’m hoping the sequel is on the editor’s desk!

I’ll be giving my copy away to one lucky person. Leave a comment on this post by August 10th and you’ll be included in my random drawing. If this is your first comment to my blog, the comment will not post until I approve it.  It’s a great book to have on your to-be-read pile. Pass the contest on to anyone who might be interested.

Genres: Midgrade, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Things to like about this book: It is well written and the characters are believable. Their struggle is compelling and I wanted to stay up late and finish it – it takes alot for me to read late into the evening – so that’s saying something!

Audience: Middle School and possibly upper elementary. Give to those 6th graders who aren’t yet ready for the bigger YA dystopias.

Reviewed from: Paperback provided by publisher.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2011 7:32 pm

    I wondered what happened to your posts.
    Glad to see you’re back!

  2. August 5, 2011 9:26 pm

    Sounds like an interesting book.

  3. Donna St. Cyr permalink*
    August 5, 2011 9:51 pm

    Thanks, Gwendolyn. I’m trying to be more systematic about the blogging!

  4. Kendi permalink
    August 8, 2011 12:44 am

    Sounds very interesting!

  5. August 8, 2011 12:56 am

    This sounds like a great read! Hope I win the drawing!

  6. August 8, 2011 12:58 am

    yay 🙂 I love books!

  7. August 8, 2011 1:03 am

    I like the genres! Societies in crisis are always great to read about.

  8. August 8, 2011 1:12 am

    alone to save the planet… yeah, sometimes you get that feeling – like you’re the only one that cares – sound interesting.

  9. August 8, 2011 1:23 am

    Interesting premise! Definitely adding to my library list.

  10. August 8, 2011 1:28 am

    This looks interesting.

  11. Laura Favaloro permalink
    August 8, 2011 4:41 am

    Thanks for the review on the book!

  12. August 10, 2011 7:19 pm

    Sounds like one book I need to read!

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