I’ve thought for some time that in the current fiction marketplace, we have a shortage of good, well-crafted science fiction that comes from a Christian worldview. I’m not talking about overt references to the Christian faith, just an overall worldview. I consider one of the paragons in this arena to be Kathy Tyers, so when I saw she had endorsed CJ Darlington’s Jupiter Winds, my interest in the book peaked. That and the beautiful cover convinced me to give the book a try. (Yes, I’ll admit it. I am a cover snob.)
As I read the book, I was happy to find that the book lived up to its promise. The main character, a teen named Grey, was well-developed and likeable. She was written in such a way that I emphasized with her easily. The author’s descriptions let me see into her world and feel her pain. Definitely not a wooden character.
Grey’s little sister, Rin, started out very strong. In the beginning, I got the feeling that Grey might have given up were it not for her little sister, but that seemed to weaken as the story went on. Regardless, being a little sis myself, I enjoyed watching the very real interaction between the two sisters, a relationship not unlike the one I have had with my own sister all my life.
In addition, among the main characters, there definitely is room for at least one or two younger characters who support the resistance, but that wasn’t a deal-breaker for me.
I don’t want to give any spoilers, but suffice it to say that the story is full of action and a few twists here and there, some of which I saw coming and some of which I didn’t–and that’s a good thing.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed reading Jupiter Winds, a rare find in today’s options for new sci-fi books. I hope we get to see more of Grey and Rin in future volumes.
You can find out more about author CJ Darlington and her books at http://www.cjdarlington.com/
Note: Although I was provided with a copy of Jupiter Winds for review purposes, that did not affect my honest review here.