Finding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne

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Finding JadeFinding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the year 2030 the Earth has undergone many changes due to the changes in the climate, a lot of the world has become uninhabitable and there is much debate on what to do with the refugees. Fourteen year old Jasmine Guzman lives in an habitable area but she is still trying to cope with the abduction of her twin sister when the girls were ten.

Along with the loss of her sister Jasmine’s mother is battling Lupus so Jasmine has had to grow up rather quickly. When sent to a new school Jasmine’s whole world is turned upside down when she finds out that she is actually a Seer with powers and that her sister is trapped in the Place-in-Between where demons dwell.

Finding Jade is a book that it became rather obvious to not judge books by their covers. Looking at this one I would say the book would be about the abduction of a young girl named Jade but while it sort of falls in that path it veered pretty far away when you add in it’s a not to distant dystopian read along with adding in special powers and demons. A rather odd combination but I actually enjoyed that this one went way out on a limb and claimed it’s own story to not feel like I was reading something I had before.

Now as far as the dystopian aspect of this book it wasn’t really given a whole lot of depth to it but what you do know is this one is taking place only 13-14 years from now and when it’s been a constant debate on the global impacts of our climate changing it really is somewhat believable that the world could end up this way. On the other hand with the rest of this story you do learn a bit more about what had happened to Jade and how Jasmine finds out her powers and this whole world of demons and angels she didn’t know existed.

Overall, I found this one got off to a sort of slow start for a couple of chapters but once it picked up it became a unique mix of genres that I found really interesting.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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