GRADE LEVEL: 11+
SUMMARY: This book is hard to explain, but I loved it! It focuses on Ti-Jeanne for the most part - a young woman with a newborn who lives with her grandmother. What's interesting, though, is that Ti-Jeanne, her grandmother, and her mother are all seers, helping the townspeople in the wasteland that is Toronto. The setting takes place in the metro area of a dystopic Toronto after an economic collapse. Riots have caused people with wealth to move away from the city center, leaving those without (including children) to fend for themselves against the ruthless Rudy, a man who pretty much controls what is left of the city.
The major plot begins with a politician's need for a heart. She is young, but feeble due to her having meningitis when she was young. In this society, animal organ replacement is the norm, and human donors no longer exist, but this politician refuses to take an animal heart replacement. She wants a human heart. To get this, her workers enlist the help of Rudy. They know he is willing to get the heart by any means necessary because of the monetary reward that comes with it, and this drive to find a "willing" human participant is what creates the tangled web of character stories.
WHAT I LIKED: What I loved most about this story was the characterization. I felt like I got to know the characters and their motivations well. The author did a great job explaining all that happened without boring the reader with backstory. I especially like the realness associated with Ti-Jeanne and her feelings about motherhood. There were times when she looked at the baby with love, but then there were other times when she just wanted the baby to be quiet. She was happy; she was annoyed; she was frustrated. But, these are all true feelings that mothers have. It's not all happiness, bubbles, and unicorns, and the author captures that.
1 - I wouldn't recommend it