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– it's a word that plagues Maria Morris. What does God want her to
do with her life? Should she go to college or does God have other
plans for her? When her parents go missing during a business trip,
Maria embarks on a quest that will change her life forever. Trying to
fight against an overbearing Milky Way Government, Maria travels to
earth in search of a lost prince and some crown jewels. Her faith is
tested, however, when a new law is passed. Will Maria be able to find
her parents and the crown jewels before it's too late? Is she strong
enough to stand up for her faith even if it means never seeing her
family again? Most of all, will Maria discover her true Destiny?
the Author (from Amazon)
Holman, a homeschool graduate, lives in central Texas. When not
pursuing her passion of writing, she can be found taking long walks,
reading, sewing or spending time with her family. You can find out
more about her at her blog www.destinyofone.blogspot.com
REVIEW by Kendra
I stumbled upon this author from one of
the other authors who she had interviewed on her Homeschooled Authors
blog (Molly Evangeline, I believe), and her first book sounded good,
and since it was only 99 cents, I bought it.
It took me a while to get into,
unfortunately, but once I connected with Maria, figured out what was
going on, I was hooked.
The Destiny of One takes
place a few hundred years in the future. People have developed
advanced space travel, and have figured out how to live on planets
with hostile environments. (No aliens have been discovered, by the
way.) The world has also gone back to monarchistic government, but
the current king, Wyndemere II, is not friendly to Christians. In
fact he is currently trying to pass a law that will force all
Christians to be branded – much like the Jews were forced to wear stars during the Nazi
period. (And manner in which Sarah told the back story was genius!
Not info-dumpy at all!) A few decades before, earth had been ruled by
an God-fearing king … but it had been attacked by Wydemere's
predecessor, and the line lost.
is a normal nineteen-year-old girl who lives on Mars. She's
Christian, and currently at the crossroads of life and trying to
figure out what God's plan for her life is. While visiting her
grandparents (who live on earth), she and her grandmother are
attacked by a ruffian at the park. Her grandfather then takes it upon
himself to teach her and her brother some tricks in self defense with
both laser gun and light saber – and she proves to be quite good.
then it's back to Mars. While Maria continues to contemplate her
future, they suddenly loose contact with her parents while they are
away at their job. Her uncle then reveals to her that their family is
the keeper of the hints to where earth's royal jewels – and true
prince! – are hidden. And so she takes a quick rocket ship ride
back to earth to find the jewels. Should be easy.
though sci-fi isn't usually my genre, I ended up really enjoying this
book. The cast of characters were delightful, especially Quint! (I've
heard tell that Quint is a universal favorite with the readers,
though.) And the message was well done.
I do have two issues, both dealing with the plot.
The story is told using what I call the flashback hook, which is one
of my literary pet peeves. The reason it took me so long to get into
was that, there I was wondering if Maria's ID would go through the
system and she would get to return to Mars and then – bam! –
there I was on Mars at the true beginning of the book, with muddy
clothing and colleges being the thing to worry about. It took me
quite some time before I could convince myself to pick the book and
reacquaint myself with the younger Maria.
never figured out why the crown jewels had to be found first. To me,
the logical thing would have been to leave them where they are (if
they haven't been found in this long, you can be pretty sure that
they're going to be safe for quite some time more) and find the
prince first. Crown jewels can be safely retrieved once there's a guy
to wear them and a throne for him to sit on.
apart from those two issues, I really enjoyed the book, and was quite
eager to read the next two when I managed to get my hands on them.
(Which I since have done, and I'll review them later.)
upper elementary to middle school Profanity:NONE-
no offensive language Sexuality:NONE-
not even hinted at
a bit of fighting, some physical, some with laser guns. Maria gets a
broken arm. Later, she is branded on the palm of her hand.