Sunday, September 9, 2012

Juno of Taris - Review

"Juno of Taris," by the New Zealand author "Fleur Beale," is a poignant piece of Dystopian Fiction which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Although in the modern world, the adjective "poignant" is commonly associated with sad material filled with long, draining sentences with predictable and typically sentimental meanings, I wish to make it clear that the content of "Juno of Taris" does not fit this stereotype. With messages regarding family, religion and culture, I would recommend this novel to readers of the ages of thirteen and up.

"Juno of Taris" tells the first-person recount of Juno, who lives on Taris - an island with a dome over it, supposedly created hundreds of years before the time of the novel and designed to survive any disaster, anything that may wipe out the civilisation outside the walls of Taris. Juno is descended from a line of Tarians and is constantly questioning the odd rituals which occur. Controversy is always sparked when Juno refuses to shave her head like all the others or does anything that would be considered "improper" on Taris.

Juno's inquisitive nature, though, opens the door to many shocking secrets regarding the island and its history.     Horrible things are exposed and Juno's life is changed eternally.

This impressive novel by Fleur Beale is a fantastic page-tuner which fans of Dystopian Fictions will have extreme difficulty putting down. Followed by two other gripping novels, "Juno of Taris" is definitely a great read.

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