Rate: 3.9 / 5
Author: Jesikah Sundin
Series: The Biodome Chronicles
*I’d like to thank the author for sending me copies of their books in exchange for a review*
A sensible young nobleman, Leaf Watson, and his sister, Willow Oak, live a rustic medieval life rich in traditions and chivalry. Sealed inside an experimental biodome since infancy, they have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable community devoid of Outsider interference.
They are unwitting pioneers on a path toward confined interplanetary homesteading.
Life within their walled garden is predictable and peaceful until the unthinkable happens. With his dying breath, Leaf and Willow’s noble father bequeaths a family secret, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf’s head. Grief-stricken and afraid for their lives, the siblings defy their upbringing by connecting with Fillion Nichols, a punk hacker who, unbeknownst to them, is linked to their lives in shocking ways. Their encounter launches Fillion into a battle with his turbulent past as he urgently decodes the many secrets that bind them together, a necessity for each to survive.
Youth cultures clash when the high technology of the Anime Tech Movement collides with the Middle Ages in a quest for truth, unfolding a story rich in mystery, betrayal and love.
This book follows brother and sister Leaf and Willow Watson.
They live in the year 2054, in California in a science project called ‘New Eden Township,’ which is run by Hanley Nichols, the father of Fillion and Lynden Nichols, whom you will meet very soon, as you read along.
The Biodome is basically a project to see if humans could populate Mars, but not using 21st-century ways. Instead, they want to see if we could live on Mars as if we lived in the middle ages. As in, no wifi, no phones, no electricity. NOTHING, except for a small selection of books.
This book was enjoyable and I love the concept of mixing sci-fi and medieval time stuff (I can’t think of the right word, I’m sorry), as well as having some great drama (I live for it). The characters were okay in the beginning, but it wasn’t an insta-love for me. Unfortunately, I found some problematic things, but every book has at least one and it can’t be perfect. There was one character I didn’t necessarily like compared to the other protagonists. It was Fillion Nichols. The first thing that put me off, was how angsty he was, and a comment he made about women, but I’m not sure if that was intentional? Or if it was just there. As I started reading the second book Elements, he was slightly easier to read, and he got funnier. But, again, he’s not my fave.
Leaf has one of the coolest names, I gotta say that. Anyway, he was okay to read, but he did get boring at points, and I just had to take a reading break. Reading from both Leaf and Willow’s POV was slightly slower as Jesikah used and older English when writing from their POV. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I think it really set the whole vibe of what was going on, as well as writing the different POVs really well since I could tell who was who. The cover and the chapter art is really pretty, I love it.
Overall, this was an awesome read I definitely recommend reading these books if you’re looking for something different, and mysterious. Though I found some problematic things, does not mean I did not enjoy reading it, I had a lot of fun and I hope you do too!