Peacock Swamp: Book 1 | The NineIn 2064, The Nine are preparing to assemble. This board of individuals is President Madame LaFonte’s solution to an ailing nation in search of medical care. While it seemed ideal at first, the folks of the borough are quickly discovering it isn’t quite what it seems. The lucky ones are issued a red gown and another chance at life. That’s the happy ending. However, not everyone gets a red gown. The others have to make their own second chance at life--if they’ve got the heart to do what it takes. When the superstitions of the swamplands run just as deep as the mud, every little bit of luck helps. They named her Vitalia, a name that means life. But her name was the only advantage that she had. In need of a heart transplant, Vita leaves Peacock Swamp behind to stand before The Nine. With her family by her side, they run into the dangers that government healthcare has created: an underground medical clinic that services the rejected citizens...for a price. Her whole life has been a struggle. Why should her death be any different?
My Thoughts: This book is an interesting spin on dystopia that I really enjoyed. While the government seems to control other things, the main focus in this book is health. Katie Femia found a way to make health mean everything, and I loved it. With every aspect of life, from travel to treatment is dictated by the government controlling people's health, it made for a very terrifying dynamic.
The characters in this book are fleshed out beautifully. I loved Vita and her attitude in life. She is surprisingly strong for someone who needs a new heart. She is also so full of love. Her whole family is. It was both beautiful and heartbreaking to read about such a loving family in the swamp just trying to survive. The characters that they meet along the way range from fun to frightening. I also really enjoyed that the story came from so many different characters. It gave the book a well rounded feeling.
The plot for this book is almost sickeningly fast. So much happens and most of it is wild. I loved the constant roller-coaster of it all, even if I was stressing out for characters. The world Fermia created exists in a state of snap decisions that can mean life or death. I am still reeling a little after finishing the book. I'm also very excited for the next book.
Katie Femia took a leap of faith several years ago and left her career as an elementary school teacher to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She now enjoys the day-to-day musings of writing for a variety of blogs and websites as a regular contributor. She covers topics such as home finance, DIY projects, money saving strategies, and everything in between. While a number of manuscripts still slumber in a kitchen drawer, Peacock Swamp | Book One: The Nine is her first published novel. She lives in South Bend, Indiana with her husband and three children, where they enjoy the typical Hoosier summers of chasing fireflies in their bare feet. When she isn’t writing, Katie can be found making over vintage furniture pieces and scouring local thrift spots.
I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.