Let me start by saying that I know Cat Sparks, and have been looking forward to reading a novel by her for quite some time. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a copy of Lotus Blue, which has this stark desert picture for a cover. This immediately spoke to me, and I must say that I was not disappointed when I dived into this book.
Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the story is all that you would expect from a world like this: violent and nasty, with sandstorms to temper the world. It is everything that you would want in a setting like this.
I am not going into the plot of this novel any more than I have to, as I found with reading it all melds together and the littlest clue could set off a chain reaction of ‘ahh’ moments that would ruin the impact of the story that Ms Sparks is telling.
I will say that the characters are incredibly believable, as is the setting. I did enjoy the mix of old and young characters that show (again) the older people do fit into stories. The technology they use in this futuristic world (which is only really alluded to) works well.
This is a story to be read, enjoyed, re read and remembered. I do hope there is a sequel in this, as I would love to travel back to see what happens to the young and the old. I would like to know the secrets of Axa. Next time, I read this I hope it is the paperback version.
This is a great book, and one worth picking up. A good, solid 4.5 stars from me.