I don't usually do any reviews on books, but this one was just one of those that I could hardly put down. I loved it! It's well written, and keeps you turning the pages!
Good. Creative. Keeps you wanting more.
A very unique and interesting story.
I love this book. I have read it 6 times and will probably read it again.
The concept of it was too intreguing
Some books are like a journey - a warm, wonderful journey. So this was one for me. I love Ember, a child who grows into a woman like no other in the world. She knows she is different, a fact that is emphasized every day of her life. As she tries to understand her difference and looks for answers her life changes dramatically. An incredible athlete who has special healing powers that she doesn't understand, Ember is a loving and wonderful young woman.
It's been several years since I read a novel like this one but even those I read in the past were quite different. I've put this author on my TBR list so I can see if this enchantment holds with his other books. Ember from the Sun was a joyous journey for me from start to finish. It did not seem like over 500 pages! I can't recommend this read enough.
You don't have to believe five impossible things before breakfast in order to enjoy this book -- you only have to grant author Mark Canter one teensy little fudge in what we now think we know about human reproduction and the border between life and death. If you give him that inch, he will carry you off on an adventure that crosses more than miles.
When paleontologist Yute Nahadeh discovers the body of a Neanderthal woman in an Alaskan ice cave, he is understandably excited about the find. But when he discovers a viable embryo in the preserved-but-not-frozen tissue, he grabs at the incredible opportunity to bring the tiny collection of cells to fruition as a living, breathing link to the stone-age era he has studied all his life.
Predictably, not everything turns out according to his plan. Whisked out of his control by her surrogate mother, Ember grows into young womanhood knowing she is different from everyone around her. Her own search to find her people -- about whom she knows nothing -- leads her and ultimately the people she loves into deadly peril, and it will take everything she has ever learned or sensed to survive.
This is one helluva good book. The characters are crisp and real -- from the confused young woman Ember grows into, to the morally ambiguous Nahadeh, to the Native American couple who reared her and the Native community into which Ember struggles to fit, they breathe on every page.
Early in the book, Canter sets up the conflict that will come to a heart-pounding conclusion 500-some pages down the road. If the villain of the piece -- a mining company intent on extracting gold from Native lands, regardless of the environmental cost -- is less than original in concept, it is at least well presented.
This is a book to be devoured in as few sittings as possible. Set aside your conception of what is "real" and what is "scientifically possible", and hang on for an amazing ride.
from the back cover:
In the blue ice of an arctic cave, a scienist has made an extraordinary discovery: a woman's body, frozen for 25,000 years in a near perfect state, with pliant tissues, vessels filled with blood, and an embryo waiting to be born....
They called her Ember, the child of thier heart, born to surrogate parents who refused to yield her after birth. Raised among the Quanoot Indians, Ember is as modern as those around her, a young woman struggling with a loneliness and yearning she does not yet understand. Stronger than her classmates, imbued with the power to heal, Ember's soul resounds with the cries and whispers of a time she has never seen, and of a people who beckon her home.....