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Primortia: the holy seizure that strikes without warning, the curse that has shaped a thousand years of Hutosan culture and civilization. After losing her brother to Primortia, Shonoka Lagan devotes her life to studying the phenomenon. Now she believes it can be stopped. With clues from her grandmother's diary, Shonoka begins an adventure that reveals the secrets of her family, her planet, and the ageless stranger with his peculiar green stone...
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Feb 19, 2011I really enjoyed my read of Sarah O'Donoghue's first novel. The book is fun, well paced and plotted, with characters that felt simultaneously new and familiar. What I loved most about the book, though, was the world-building; after reading, I wanted to know more about the worlds that Shonoka and the mysterious Varin inhabit, and I wanted to experience more of their adventures. The storytelling method works, although it does take a bit of getting used to. Still, in a novel featuring time travel, one can hardly expect the story to proceed in a linear fashion! Overall, a delightful romp I'm looking forward to experiencing again on a reread.
Jan 22, 2011In Primortia, Sarah O'Donoghue weaves strands of character and mythology through various points in time. The world of Hutosa is well-realized via geography, culture, and history. While running--quite literally--from a controlling fiancé, Shonoka Lagan consults her grandmother's diaries, using the entries as a guide while she breaks new ground in her understanding of Primortia, the fatal illness both feared and worshiped by Hutosans. O'Donoghue does a very good job with the non-linear structure she has chosen. In fact, a straightforward, linear approach would likely take a great deal away from the reader's experience. While the dating system used in the book has obviously been clearly thought out, it is somewhat difficult to follow; fortunately, the context of each section makes clear which time period each chapter belongs to, and each story threads is presented in chronological order. The result is a puzzle we try to solve as the story unfolds, keeping us guessing until the... More > answers are finally revealed. Primortia is an excellent first novel, and we can only hope that O'Donoghue will continue to explore the world she has created here--and provide answers to a few remaining questions--or to apply her world-building skills to an exciting new project.< Less
Nov 22, 2010really like the idea around the book, it is interesting. You write so well, especially for someone for whom this is the first time they have published a novel? Where did you get the idea around. The grandmothers diary is good method of moving the story along
Nov 18, 2010A fantastic read! The author has cleverly written this gripping book that really does get you thinking. Once you start reading I guarantee you'll keep on reading! It's probably the most exciting book I'v read so far this year and would definitely recommend it.
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- Sarah O'Donoghue (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- October 29, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.8 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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