Title: Neptune’s Tears
Author: Susan Waggoner
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Series: Timedance (Book 1)
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 224 Pages
ISBN-10: 0805096779 (Macmillan)
ISBN-13: 978-0805096774 (Macmillan)
Reviewed by: Bridget
London, 2218 A.D. Seventeen-year-old Zee is an intern empath. She’s focused on her job, poised for a great career—until one day an attractive patient undoes her hard-earned calm. As an empath, she cannot afford such distractions, but neither can she stay away from David, even when she discovers he’s one of a mysterious alien race. As London comes under attack by anarchist bombings, and as Zee struggles to get a handle on her unusually strong psychic abilities, David starts pulling away. Although Zee’s sure he’s attracted to her, David has secrets he cannot share. But it’s too late for Zee. She’s losing her heart to the gray-eyed alien boy, and she’s determined to follow him—no matter how far it may take her
Quick & Dirty: This was a Sci-fi set in a futuristic London, filled with romance, mystery, and forbidden love. It lacked action and the plot was a little boring.
Opening Sentence: Zee hesitated for the second it took the blue light to ?ash green, then passed through the arch and into the Accident & Emergency waiting room.
Zee is a 17 year old girl that works as an empath. An empath works with sick people and with their minds they make a connection to the patient to see what is causing their pain. They have to concentrate and not have anything else on their minds to be able to make a good connection. Most empath’s try to not have any serious relationships because love is a big distraction and can make them loose focus very easily. Zee has never been in love before, and she is glad for it. She loves her job and wants to be the best, but then she meets David.
Zee has found other boys cute, but she has never felt the attraction that she feels for David before. She soon discovers that David is a member of the mysterious alien race that has been on earth for a time. As soon as things start to heat up between the two, David starts to pull away from Zee. Aliens aren’t suppose to date the humans and David has secrets that he can’t tell Zee. Zee has really fallen for David and she is willing to go to great lengths to make sure they end up together even if the odds aren’t in their favor.
Zee is the protagonist in the book and we get to read the book from her point of view. She is a sweet girl and she really cares about people. She takes her job very serious and she really wants to help others in whatever way she can. After meeting David she becomes a little obsessed with him and her job starts to suffer because of it. I felt that Zee was immature and at times her voice was a little annoying. She had a slightly whiny attitude and she was a frustrating character most of the time. I really couldn’t connect with Zee and I found myself not really liking her as a character.
David is a hot boy from the planet Omura. He has been on earth for a few years now studying what makes humans happy and their tendencies. When he meets Zee he mistakes her for a member of his own race because she has red hair. He seems to really care about Zee as he gets to know her, but he knows that them being together is dangerous for both of them. He has some secrets and to protect Zee he tries to push her away. I didn’t mind David but I wanted him to sound more swoon worthy. I wanted to fall in love with him like Zee did, but I just didn’t. I think if there had been a better description of him I might have. I also felt that the romance between the two was really lacking.
Overall, this was just an ok read for me. There really wasn’t much that happened plot wise and the romance, which is a huge part of the story, was just mediocre. I didn’t really love any of the characters, but I think if they had been more developed I may have come to like them more. I felt that the writing could have been much better as well; it needed to be more descriptive. I did like the idea that the author purposed but it just wasn’t delivered very well. There is a cliffhanger at the end, but I don’t know how interested I would be in reading the sequel. I wouldn’t really recommend this book, but if the story sounds intriguing to you give it a try, you might enjoy it more than I did.
Zee took a clearing breath and entered the room. The young man sitting in the cubicle wasn’t that much older than she was. Zee been trained to notice the small gestures that took place in the ?rst few minutes of an encounter, revealing the patient’s state of mind and openness to noninvasive healing. She got the impression that the young man had been rubbing a small metal bar against his forehead, but it disappeared into his pocket so swiftly she couldn’t be certain.
When he lifted his head, Zee felt a tug. Involuntarily personal attraction. A re?ex, like coughing when you walked into a dusty room. She’d felt it before with other patients and knew how to dismiss it. It was a sign, though, that Piper had created more than a tiny pinprick in her calm. She was determined to get it back.
“Hi,” she said, “I’m Zee.”
“I’m David Sutton, about to check out.” But instead of hopping off the hospital trolley, he stayed where he was. Everything about him seemed to stop, and the room ?oated into stillness, like a leaf or a feather settling to earth. For a long moment, he simply stared at her, and Zee allowed him to, without moving or closing her face to him.
It wasn’t easy to let someone look at you like that, but many patients seemed to need to. “Like someone taking a car for a road test,” their instructor had explained during training, “only you’re the car.” They’d laughed, but that didn’t make it easier. Five in her class had washed out because they could not be looked at without posturing or ?dgeting. At ?rst, Zee had felt so naked standing before a patient she’d had to distract herself by making lists of song titles that started with certain letters of the alphabet, or by wondering why two- hundred- year old movies like Titanic were often better than the hologram remakes. Now that she was more con?dent, she’d begun to use these small capsules of time to begin building a healing bridge to the patient.
But that wasn’t happening to night. She was having trouble reestablishing her calm and felt as naked as she had the ?rst time she’d been with a patient. No sooner had she dropped the foundations of the bridge into place and sent invisible blue vines twining through the air than they crumbled and vanished from her mind.
1. Neptune’s Tears (June 25, 2013)
2. Starlight’s Edge
FTC Advisory: Henry Holt and Co./Macmillan provided me with a copy of Neptune’s Tears. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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