15 June 2015

Review with Giveaway #243: Nature's Confession by JL Morin with Author Interview

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“One hundred and fifty years ago, the monster began, this country had become a place of industry. Factories grew on the landscape like weeds. Trees fell, fields were up-ended, rivers blackened. The sky choked on smoke and ash, and the people did, too, spending their days coughing and itching, their eyes turned forever toward the ground. Villages grew into town, towns into cities. And people began to live on the earth rather than within it.” 

----Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist

J.L. Morin, an American author, pens her new book, Nature's Confession where the author takes p a funny side to craft a sci-fi story about giving birth to a pollution-free planet Earth, that is centered around two teenagers trying to save the nature.


‘Honestly, it’s not my fault. I didn’t mean to invent them. Humans were polluting the planet to desolation. What else could I do? I had to save her.'

Their planet is choked with pollution. THEY can’t do anything about it . . . or can they? When a smart-mouthed, mixed-race teen wonders why the work that needs to be done pays nothing compared to the busywork that’s glorified on holovision news, the search for answers takes him on the wildest journey of anyone’s lifetime. Just as the human race allows corporations to pollute Earth into total desolation, institute martial law and enslave humanity, the two teens set out to save civilization. Can they thwart polluters of Earth and other fertile worlds? The heroes come into their own in different kinds of relationships. On their team, six-legged Wuhvie, and Any Gynoid, who pushes the frontier of scientific discovery through the Big Bang to reveal . . . the most intimate confessions of Nature . . . . Will Starliament tear them from the project and unleash ‘intelligent’ life’s habitual pollution, or will youth lead the way to a new way of protecting Nature?

Boy is a 14 year old mixed race teenager who has a half-sister, Kenza, who is actually a clone of his mother, father, Porter, who lies and cheats on his wife, and being fallen as a victim of emotional turmoil, the boy's mother dedicate herself to climate-related anti-planetary politics. Valentine is a 16 year old red-haired genius, who is a master of particle physics and is also the boy's dream girl and the boy doesn't even know whether she is real or not when he is hired by an underworld agency to write code for them. They all live on the planet Earth where pollution rules over everything and the government actually pays more money to make the air stale and un-breathable. But then this whole family take up the mission to save this planet by protecting nature and curbing pollution from the face of the Earth.

This is an amazing book and I believe, it's steady pace does complete justice for the readers to gradually grasp all those difficult scientific events. The writing quality is very skilled and polished and the author have intricately laid out her complex plot. The social and environmental issues over-ruled by politics and the government is layered and masked with a sense of humor which at times cracks the readers up. But the terrifying part about the nature and pollution is strikingly featured into the plot which sets a fear up into the readers mind.

The author lets us contemplate with her story through her strong and well-developed characters. Now the characters' demeanor are kept very close to realism, but each character proves brilliant imaginative mind of the author. The evocative narrative style mixed with wit and humor makes it easier for the readers to get lost and engaged into the very core of the storyline. Although the author have narrated the tale through the boy's POV, still, it feels like the readers cold easily blend in with each and every character.

There is not much romance in the book especially between the boy and Valentine, since most part of the book, he believed Valentine to be an unreal entity of his mind, but the first time meeting between them is depicted through a lot of sparks and compassion. The author have poured out a lot of deep emotions through out the story. The adrenaline rushing adventures scenes through the big bang are very vividly captured by the author, which gives a lo9t of momentum to the story.

Overall, this is a compelling climate science fiction that demands a bit of patience from the readers' side to easily comprehend with it's storyline, because the ends-result is really fruitful, terrifying as well as funny and satisfying.

Verdict: A must-read book for all YA science fiction fans who are bored of reading same style of dystopian stories.

Courtesy: I received the book for a blog tour. 

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Author Interview:

Me: Hello and welcome to my blog, J.L.Morin. Congratulations on your new book, Nature's Confession. Can you please share with us the story behind your book, Nature's Confession?

JL Morin:
I started writing a book about different kinds of love, and ended up digging deeper into climate change and the science of the universe to come up with this epic tale. It’s the story of two teens in a fight to save a warming planet, the universe . . . and their love. A lot of different skills went into it, starting with finding my voice, getting feedback from two writers groups, all the way through to doing readings, blogging, and just now receiving an Honorable Mention at the 2015 New York Book Festival. The panel of judges determined the winners based on the story-telling ability of the author and the potential of the work to win wider recognition. I’m very happy about it, and the other LitPick Award and eco-fiction.com Honorable Mention.

Me: When and how was the seed for the book, Nature's Confession planted in your mind?

JL Morin:
The first inkling I had of it was memories of my relationship with my roommate at Harvard, a brilliant girl with auburn hair, who inspired the character Valentine. It took several years before the rest of the characters gelled in my mind.

Me: How did you research for your book, Nature's Confession?

JL Morin:
I subscribed to Scientific American, and read a lot of YA books. Joining environmental groups online has also been a great way to find out what's really going on, when newspapers are mostly only publishing the corporate viewpoint in stories affecting the environment.

Me: How would you describe your journey so far as an author?

JL Morin:
It's a continual metamorphosis, entering a story, exploring it, and seeing it through all its phases to publication. It really calls for all of my mental abilities.

Me: Was it always your one true dream to be an author?

JL Morin:
I've had a lot of dreams, which have gone into my books. Writing is cerebral and solitary. It's important to move your body and keep up with real life relationships, too. But writing has always been my true love.

Me: What do you expect your readers to take away after reading Nature's Confession?

JL Morin:
I hope they will become more aware of how humans are harming the environment, and practice sustainable living--things like using birth control, switching to solar, and recycling.

Me: How will your describe your normal writing day? What so you do to alleviate the stress?

JL Morin:
I get up early and jot down any ideas I had overnight. Then, I either write or rewrite, depending on where I am in the manuscript. Usually I rewrite them about eight times.

Me: What other passions do you have apart from writing books?

JL Morin:
Music, swimming, reading. Anything creative, really. And walking my dog, the inspiration for Wuhvie the hupcha in the book.

Me: What are you currently working on? Please tell us briefly about it.

JL Morin:
The sequel, of course. The sun has grown hotter, and the heroes tow the Earth into the habitable zone.

Me: Thank you so much JL Morin for joining me today on this interview session. I wish you luck for all your future endeavors.

JL Morin:
It's been a pleasure, Aditi. Thanks for the great blog!


Author Info:

JL Morin grew up in inner city Detroit and wrote her Japan novel, SAZZAE (Gold medalist in the 2010 eLit Book Award, and 2010 Living Now Book Awards winner) as her thesis at Harvard. She took to the road, traveling around the world, working as a TV newscaster and writing three more novels. Adjunct faculty at Boston University, J. L. Morin, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011. She is also the author of TRAVELLING LIGHT; NATURE'S CONFESSION (forthcoming Jan. 8, 2015--included in “12 Works of Climate Fiction Everyone Should Read”, and an excerpt received Honorable Mention in the Eco-Fiction Story Contest); and ‘Occupy’s 1st bestselling novel’ TRADING DREAMS, a humorous story that unmasks hypocrisy in the banking industry and tosses corruption onto the horns of the Wall Street bull. She writes for the Huffington Post, Library Journal and has written for The Harvard Advocate, Harvard Yisei, the Detroit News, Agence France-Presse, Cyprus Weekly, European Daily, Livonia Observer Eccentric Newspapers, the Harvard Crimson and others.

Connect with JL on: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook 


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  1. I like the idea of this one being humorous just as much as it is about creation. And the idea of a pollution free world where teenagers are trying to save earth? Sounds intriguing to me!


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