The creature caught my arm with superhuman strength. Sharp nails popped from the tips of its fingers like retractable claws. In a flash, the creature slashed my right shoulder. Holding a tiny white ball between its thumb and forefinger, it spoke with a gravelly voice. “No one steals a gypsy pearl!” “I didn’t steal anything!” With a violent shove, the creature crammed the bThe creature caught my arm with superhuman strength. Sharp nails popped from the tips of its fingers like retractable claws. In a flash, the creature slashed my right shoulder. Holding a tiny white ball between its thumb and forefinger, it spoke with a gravelly voice. “No one steals a gypsy pearl!” “I didn’t steal anything!” With a violent shove, the creature crammed the ball into my wound and hurled me free of the space buggy... *** Caz hates living in space. All her life, she has just wanted the chance to explore the Surface of any one of the three planets in the Granbo System. Her chance comes when she is sentenced to a Reformatory for violent youth on the blue-green planet Caren. But the same strange creature that attacked her in space now follows her to the Surface and continues to make her life a living nightmare--until the day she realizes her life's purpose is to save the creature and its whole species. To do so, she must travel to all three planets on a quest to cycle a gypsy pearl and obtain untold power....
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The Gypsy Pearl (Book 1: Caren) Reviews
A YA Science Fiction Adventure, suitable for children of all ages. Lia London’s, The Gypsy Pearl (Book 1: Caren) offers readers a fast paced, entertaining science fiction, fantasy adventure that is targeted for young readers. It meets these criteria and then some. While my last statement is true, it is in many ways like Walt Disney movies that were billed as suitable to “children of all ages.” This is a book I can unquestionably recommend to any member of my family. The story, while set at an undetermined place in time with an Earth like planet and an orbiting ICS space station like vehicle named Arxon, gives readers a cast of realistic characters. Nothing is glossed over. Fourteen year Caz is the protagonist. She’s smart, inquisitive and longs to visit Arxon. She lives with her sister and Dad, the doctor on Arxon. Her mom had gone missing ten years earlier. In the opening chapter, Caz appears to be attacked by a creature who travels with gypsies. He slashes her arm with razor like claws, then inserts a white spherical like object into her wound. As a result she develops superhuman strength. When the tallest, dumbest guy in class gets into an argument and shoving match, then punches her, Caz defends herself. When she attempts to report the incident to the Station Master, Caz is charged with a violent assault. She’s given a choice, solitary confinement or deportation to a Reformatory for violent youth on the planet Caren. She jumps at the chance. This story is packed with surprises. Caz continually uses ingenuity to solve problems. As I mentioned earlier, it is a fast paced page turner. If you enjoyed C.S. Lewis’ Narnia, I think you’ll enjoy this story. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Here's what I love about this book - the reader gets to figure things out. Author London combines masterful pacing with main characters lost in a new world, to slowly reveal her story. For example, Caz doesn't even notice that she is developing powers; we get to see other people's reactions to Caz, which lets us figure it out even before Caz does. Same with the Fanep. It's clear to the reader that they are intelligent creatures, even while the human characters are assuming the opposite. This approach brings the reader along on the adventure too, instead of just watching Caz have all the fun (and danger).As your basic chomping-at-the-bit kind of girl stuck in a tin can in space, Caz is refreshingly real. She doesn't have all the answers or make all the right moves, making her a sympathetic character we can all relate to.I'm giving four stars because I would have liked more character development in some of the other main characters. I also would have liked the planet Caren to be a little more weird and wonderful. As with other reviewers here, it was fun experiencing "surface life" with Caz - seeing for the first time things that we inveterate surface dwellers take for granted, like mud and oceans and sunshine. But with a few exceptions, I didn't get the sense, at least from the descriptions, that the planet's geography/flora/fauna were very different from earth. Sometimes I forgot I was on a different planet from earth, which seems like a missed literary opportunity.This is a solid middle grade read, but I would recommend it to anyone who likes a fast-paced, adventurous, sci-fi plot. The trilogy was beautifully set up, and I will most definitely be taking another journey with Caz!
Okay, I wrote up a fantistic review for this one right after I read it and promptly lost it. A few weeks later, I wrote this one. I feel like it doesn't quite do it justice. But the book was an easy five stars.Caz doesn’t mean to get in trouble, but trouble always seems to find her. When a choice of punishments includes a penal institution on the Surface, she jumps at the chance. She’s always hated life on the Arxon, an Interplanetary City Station and has dreamed of visiting the Surface. This is her long-awaited opportunity! But she doesn’t count on the transport ship filled with gypsies. Or the bloody encounter with their creature and its life-altering results.This is my favorite Lia London book so far (and I've read them all), but I’m not sure I can actually pinpoint why. Ms. London’s writing is always beautiful. She’s an artist who paints in words. The prose is always smooth and easy to read. I do believe she’s getting better and better. Perhaps it’s because Caz is my favorite character. I quickly identified with this quirky kid. I sympathized with her, and I laughed out loud at some of the outrageous things she said. The adventure is definitely part of it, as well. The plot led in some unexpected directions. But the ordinary gets a special touch, too. I especially loved rediscovering wind and smells and dirt with someone who had never experienced them before.The mystery has me to eagerly await the next installment, which leads me to my one complaint. Three times Lia has written book one of a series. I want to read a book two. :)This one, please!
The Gypsy Pearl was a very enjoyable read. It was quick moving and action packed. Lia London quickly drew me in with this tale of a 14 year old girl who lives on a space station. Caz is bored and longs to visit the surface of the three worlds that the space station visits in its cycle. She constantly gets into trouble in her search for something more. Cas is accused of having no respect for authority, trespassing in areas where she doesn’t belong, and being disruptive in school. Fights with other students result in injury to two of them. When the second student is injured Cas is sent to a reformatory on the surface. Cas begins a journey that will help her find what she is truly looking for; a life with meaning and purpose. Cas is chosen to receive special gifts by a strange creature who is the travelling companion to gypsies. The Fanep’s people have been subjected to oppression and taken into captivity. The Fanep gives Cas gifts so that she can help the creature rescue his people. Cas appealed to me as the teen who never quite fit the life other expected her to live. She appealed to me as someone who was determined to be her own person. I appreciated her growth as a person to become someone who was able to care about more than just herself. This book is a great read for younger teens, but it is also a book that people of all ages will enjoy. From beginning to end it is a captivating story. I look forward to reading the sequel.
A YA story that would appeal to anyoneThis YA sci-fantasy grabbed my attention on the first page and kept my interest throughout. Caz is a compelling character, daring, curious, and ready for adventure. This is the first book in a trilogy but it should contain a warning: You'll get addicted to the story and want to finish the whole trilogy. It's like potato chips, you can't just eat one.Caz might be a young girl but the challenges she faces are universal. She learns to make friends, overcomes daunting challenges, and stands for what is right. There's a bit of romance, lots of imagination, and exciting action. What more could you want? I recommend this book to young and not-so-young readers alike. I'm a grandmother and would feel happy to pass it along to my granddaughter. Start reading today, but I'd bet you can't read just this one.
A quiet, unassuming story that captures the imagination.I found myself surprised at how quickly I was drawn to Caz (the lead character). She seemed to be doing nothing but making bad decisions while living in a space station-like city and having to pay the piper for them. She was completely unrepentant. Only when we are introduced to other characters she meets on her way to a prison on the surface of the world of Caren does it begin to appear that there is more to this simple story of a teen rebel. The plot develops at a deliberate and unhurried pace, allowing the reader to become better acquainted with the main characters and the culture into which (along with Caz) we have been dropped into. I really recommend this book and am looking forward to the later books in the series.
Caz Artemus lives in a slow-moving Inter-planetary City Station and she is bored. She gazes into the universe and dreams of what it would be like to live on “the surface” There is so much that Caz wants to know and experience but everyone treats her like a trouble-maker and even her sister Felly despairs of Caz ever learning to be a good citizen and fit in. An encounter with a gypsy’s pet fanep changes everything for Caz.Even though Gypsy Pearl is written towards the YA genre I easily identified with Caz. If you were ever that child who continually asked “why” you will enjoy it too. Caz captured my heart and I can’t wait for the next in the series.
I feel like I've done more than read a book--I've gone on a journey to an incredible place and experienced strange and wonderful events with a cast of fascinating people, both familiar and alien. The writing is superb; the characters are so real you can hear their voices and feel their pain; the setting is painted masterfully with all five senses. This story will resonate for a long, long time, and I eagerly await the next in the series to find out what happens next to Caz & company.
A magnificent tale of a young, troubled girl who leaves her boring, cloistered life in a space shuttle and finds her destiny on the planet of Caren with the help of a ragtag group of gypsies, a mysterious creature named King, and the special pearl meant to be hers. With imaginative worldbuilding, a riveting plot, and emotional twists, The Gypsy Pearl is a futuristic YA that will leave you breathless and eager for more.
Great book! Can't wait to read the second book in the series! Very well written sci-fi. One of my new favorite authors!