Blurb (From Goodreads):
Retra braves the intense pain of her obedience strip, and stows away to seek her brother Joel, gone two years for Ixion - island of ever-night, ever-youth and never-sleep. Retra is a Seal – sealed minds, sealed community - no craving for parties or pleasure.
What are the Night Creatures Retra can see in the shadows? What happens to those who grow too old for Ixion? Without Joel, is her eternal bond with a Riper guardian enough to save her?
Listen well, baby bats. Burn bright, but do not stray from the paths. Remember, when you live in a place of darkness you also live with creatures of the dark.
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
(Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk)
Retra has run away from home, even though her obedience strip is trying to kill her for it. Retra is off to catch a boat – a boat that will take her to Ixion, an island where kids go to party and have sex.
Retra isn’t looking for a good time though, Retra is looking for her brother Joel who ran away to Ixion two years ago.
Can Retra find Joel? Can Retra ever hope to fit in in Ixion with her prudish ways? And how safe is Ixion?
I am seriously stumped as to what to say about this book, other than that it was unique. Problem is I’m not sure if unique is good or bad in this case.
Retra was an okay character. She had obviously been brought up in quite a strict household, and was very modest, especially when it came to nudity. It was pretty obvious that she didn’t really belong in Ixion as she had no intentions whatsoever of partying and having sex, she was purely there to find her brother.
The storyline in this book on a base level was okay – girl travels to party island to find her runaway brother, ends up fighting Night Creatures (?demons?) but it was all the other stuff that just made this book bizarre. It was the trippiest thing I have ever read, and I kept waiting for someone to wake up and think it was all a dream. I don’t know what the author was on when she wrote this but dear me this was dodgy.
We had a boat trip, pirates, badges injected into the palms of their hands, no need to sleep any more, nudity, adrenal modification, Night Creatures (?demons?), and even more bizarre stuff that I’m not even getting in to. It kind-of reminded me of that scene in ‘Trainspotting’ where the main character is going through heroin withdrawal, and was totally wacky. Even the way they spoke was trippy – all this stuff about baby bats and not straying from the path.
The ending was okay, but very little was actually resolved, and I’m not sure I can bring myself to read the next book. Maybe it would make more sense if I was drunk?
Overall; a bizarre and trippy story.
5 out of 10.