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Those who live in lush comfort on the bright side of the small planet Corista have plundered the water resources of Shadowside for centuries, ignoring the existence of Shadowside's inhabitants, who are nothing more than animals. Or so the Brightsiders have been taught. It will take a special young woman to expose the truth-and to help avert the war that is sure to follow.
On the planet Corista, the new faith of its first Believers is tested in the shadow of evil. In book two, readers can contemplate how biblical truths translate in another world. The planet of Corista has been thrown off its axis, and the bright side is experiencing times of darkness for the first time. Are the Owling people of Shadowside to blame? With both sides of the planet in chaos, the world becomes even more confusing for 15-year-old Oriannon when her former music mentor Jesmet miraculously returns and promises his followers a special power called the Numa. But his is not the only offer of hope. Sola, Corista's charismatic head of Security, proposes the "ultimate solution" for peace, and she recruits Oriannon to help her carry out a seemingly perfect plan. But Oriannon's friend Margus, is skeptical of Sola's intentions. Should Oriannon trust the feelings of her friend? Will she embrace Sola's solution as the answer to the world's dilemma? Recommended for ages 12 and up.
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Publication Date: 2009
Series: Shadowside Trilogy
Robert Elmer lives in the Seattle area with his wife and their little white dog, Farragut, who is named for the famous admiral. He is the author of over fifty books, most of them for younger readers (but some for grown-ups, as well). He enjoys sailing in the San Juan Islands, exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife, and spending time with their three kids along with a growing number of little grandkids.
Elmers characters will vibrate within every reader, though there are a few times when they seem slightly forced. But Ori and her friends are excellent examples of how Christians should behave in relationships. They stick with each other through thick and thin, going so far as to risk their lives for one another. These teens are not afraid to confront each other when one makes a mistake, and they readily forgive hurts. Ori and her father love each other deeply, and although their relationship is strained, they both work to protect one another.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God (Matthew 5:9 NIV). Deep down, this is what Ori and her friends desperately want to be, and they have the Makers (Gods) blessing to be so. But Ori lacks patience and has a will almost too strong for her own good. When she is told by Jesmet to wait until the Numa, or Holy Spirit, comes upon her to take action, she ignores him. Instead, she goes her own way to get things done and makes plenty of mistakes in the processbig mistakes! But in the end, she learns her lesson, repents, and gets another chance.
The Owling leaves its readers encouraged and inspired to follow God and do what is right. It will also leave them hungering for the next book in the series. Though the story starts off somewhat slowly, readers will find themselves hooked before long. I recommend this book for teens who are looking for an exciting plot and a new way to view their God. Kate R. Miller, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com