The author sent me a copy of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).
My rating: 4.4 of 5 stars
After sixteen-year-old Jade discovers her late grandmother was poisoned, she’s devastated yet determined to find the killer commune member and their motive.
With help from her mysterious friend Tyrian, and Peaches, the commune leader’s sweet daughter; Jade unearths dark secrets that involve her mother’s affair, her maternal grandparent’s abandonment, and a plethora of murders. To make matters worse, someone is hell bent on ending Jade’s mission for the truth.
Jade can’t continue conforming to an evil society and yet she fears the Outside is just as corrupt. If she resolves to flee and is caught, the punishment is banishment to the slave cabins… and blinding.
Genre: Young adult
Fortunately in Nirvana, Virginia, artificial trumps natural eye color because artificial eye color determines who you marry and your life-long occupation. It even determines where you’re buried, but I try not to think about that. In our commune, children have green, orange or purple eyes. Only Outsiders, people who live in Nirvana but travel back and forth from the Outside, retain their natural eye color. However, there’s an exception to these rules: commune members and/or Outsiders who commit significant crimes are blinded.
The book introduces you to Jade, a 16-year-old girl living in Nirvana, Virginia. Her dying grandmother Ruby asks her to secretly get her diary, to read, and then destroy it. Life could not be more complicated as her 17th birthday is approaching, and some things are no longer as they seemed… It is a story of not losing oneself, finding out who to trust, and to survive. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.
With Jaded, Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie has created a compelling story of enduring in a strictly ruled community, solving mysterious incidents, and young love. Jaded is an entertaining, gripping, and fast read, making you want to read more. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt close to Jade and everything that happened. All relevant characters became so real that I ‘related’ to them. Jaded is daunting as strictly ruled communities do exist, consider the Berlin Wall (dividing Berlin in two parts until 1989) or some sects who oppress their members and/or children even today. Jaded is the promising start of the Nirvana trilogy. [Hunted: Nirvana Series 2 and Blinded: Nirvana Series 3 are coming soon.]
This is a book to read again.
About the author
Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie lives in Warrenton, VA with her husband, two cats, and three dachshunds. She’s a middle school counselor, graduate student at Longwood University, (pursuing a degree in School Library Media) blogger, short story and YA novel writer. When she’s not working, she’s traveling or dreaming of traveling. She’s been to 39 states and is planning a 9 state road trip with her mom in the summer of 2014.
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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Jaded? Or – if you did not yet read Jaded – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
My question for you cinephiles:
If Jaded was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂