“Ethereal Fury” is the first in the “Gemini Rising” series by author Jessica O’Gorek, following in the footsteps of her father, author Barry Weinstock, and inspiring her next generation. Set in modern-day America (and four thousand miles below the surface of the earth), O’Gorek soon pulls you into a world where Mother Earth is getting her well-deserved revenge.
The earth, perishing due to the carelessness of the human race, takes matters into its own hands through the Gemini – an army of souls recruited by ‘the Mother’ to destroy the human’s world.
O’Gorek writes dialogue excellently (frankly, this is something that I struggle with), and her characters are generally well-developed. There are some technical flaws in the writing which come down to the editing process, and I would love to see the book with a different cover design – one that really reflects the quality of the narrative.
The concept of the book, and of Earth turning against us humans, is by no means unique. However, O’Gorek tackles the theme in a very unique way. I offered to review this book as I was intrigued by this concept – she has combined YA fiction with the very serious issue of conserving the land that gives us livelihood, and she has done so wonderfully. The supernatural theme and the forbidden romance are present (you can see Meyer’s influence here) but a more sombre tone that persuades the reader to do something about the state of our planet is also felt throughout the novel.
It is clear that the author feels very strongly about this topic. After a little digging I discovered that O’Gorek has been raised in the American Indian religion, and is a very spiritual person. Writing about her personal battles, one can see that is it both spiritual and personal strength that has helped her overcome these, and be where she is today.
I recommend this book to readers who enjoy YA supernatural fiction, and to those who share O’Gorek’s passion for natural conservation.
I was given a free copy of this e-book to review honestly as part of the blog tour hosted by thisgirlreads.blogspot.com.