Saturday, October 2, 2010

Salt by Maurice Gee

Title: Salt
Author: Maurice Gee
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Release: October 1, 2009
Rating: 5/5
Series: Salt Trilogy Book #1
Synopsis:
When his father Tarl is captured and enslaved to work in Deep Salt, Hari vows to rescue him. This is a forbidding task: no one returns from Deep Salt. But Hari was born and raised in Blood Burrow. He's tough and smart—and he has a secret gift: he can communicate with animals.
The beautiful Pearl, born into the privileged world of the ruling class known as Company, has learned forbidden things from her mysteriously gifted maid Tealeaf. Now her father has promised her in marriage to the powerful and ambitious Ottmar. But Pearl will never submit to a subordinate life, so she and Tealeaf must flee.
When their paths cross, Hari and Pearl realize that together they must discover the secrets of Deep Salt. Their long journey through the badlands becomes far more than a quest to save Tarl—their world is on the brink of unspeakable terror.

The book used in this review was an ARC, soany quotes could change in the final copy.
Review:
The gray tunics of the Whips turned black in the downpour, their helmets shone like beetle wings, and the sparks that jumped from their fingers as they herded their recruits fizzed and spat like sewer gas.

Be cautioned, there is some mature content in the book Salt.

          Hiding. That’s what the burrows people do. They hide from the Company and the Whips that accompany them. But one on fateful day Hari’s father Tarl gets taken to work by the Whips to Deep Salt, a mine to which no one sent ever comes back. But Hari has a plan to get Tarl back. Hari is determined to get the only person left in his life back until he meets Pearl. Pearl is a young woman who has chosen to flee from her arranged marriage with her abnormal maid. Through an epic story the two find their fates entwined in one of the most dangerous ways: love.

            The author of Salt is Maurice Gee, an author from New Zealand with over forty books written. Maurice Gee has won numerous awards in literature such as: the New Zealand Children’s Book Award and the New Zealand Fiction Award.

Salt takes place in a strange reality; there are still monarchs and armies to back them. But not all support them in this twisted adventure. As this is the first book in the Salt Trilogy, you would presume that this is just a starter book in a series. It’s not. Salt is an amazing book filled with the works of a great author and his imagination. But the plot of the story is not to far gone that it’s not believable. Salt is one of the best books I’ve read in quite some time because of its belief factor: it’s not like the world we live in, giving us a chance to escape our everyday lives, but it’s not too cheesy and hard to believe that we can’t sit through reading it without laughing and thinking ‘This could never happen’. Maurice Gee has truly mastered the art of holding a reader with his description and plot, making you believe that this world out of his head might actually exist.

            In my opinion, this is the best book I have read in the fantasy/ action genre in a long time. The author truly opens his head to the reader in this timeless tale of running away and following your heart to save the ones you love.

Watch for Gool, the second book in the Salt Trilogy, when it hits stores this October.

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