The world isn't always what we think it is
On my recent desire to read some more paranormal books I picked up The Cerulean by Amy Ewing from the Wichita Public Library. I thought the book synopsis sounded interesting and it was a book I had never heard of before. Part of me is really wanting to read some of my familiar and beloved authors, but I also want to branch out as there are so many amazing authors out there that I have yet to experience for myself.
I think that this book got me at the start with the connections of the magic to each individual in the society in the City. There are three mothers; purple, orange, and green. Each mother teaches something different. I was also interested to know that there is no concept of sexual relationships as we see them, they are a society of women bonded to each other by blood magic. The author has worked hard to create a society similar and yet very different from ours.
The City is connected to planets by a tether. To move on the tether must be broken. One is chosen to break this tether. But to break it also means the death of the person doing so. Thus when the main character Sera is picked it means so much more that their blood is magic and to do this means her death.
In the second part of the book we are introduced to the people of the planet and something that is said about how the planet not being able to sustain the Cerulean any longer makes sense. The planet is suffering, so is part of the Cerulean tether also stealing the resources of the planet? We are also introduced to Leo and his sister, Agnes. They are part of the Kaolin society. Their father is a scientist of some repute working on a special project having to do with a very special tree called an Arboreal.
The story has many twists and turns, it is one of those books I might suggest reading a second time to fully understand what is happening in the book. The politics of the cultures does take a bit to grasp and there is definitely a diacotamy in each as to what place women and men hold.
I will say that the way the Ewing writes allows for the reader to feel along with the characters. You feel what they are feeling and know that there are some things that are right and some things that just feel off about everything that is happening among the Cerulean. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and understanding what happens to Sera next.