Friday, June 19, 2009

SANTA OLIVIA by Jacqueline Carey

There is no pity and no escape from Santa Olivia. In this isolated military zone between the U.S. and Mexico the citizens are powerless. Loup Garron is born, daughter of a man called "Wolf Man" who is genetically manipulated by the government to be a weapon. He was engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, stamina, senses, as well as a total lack of fear. Named for her vanished faher, Loup has inherited his gifts.

Frustrated by the injustices visited upon her friends and neighbors by the military occupiers, Loup is determined to avenge her community. Aided by her fellow orphans, Loup takes on the guise of their patron saint, Santa Oliva, and setsout to deliver vigilante justice-aware that if she is caught, she could lose her freedom--and her life.

This is a tale of lies, terror and love. A tale of being different. Seeing our innerself and overcoming the obstacles and differences from other people. Loup used the cover of a patron saint. What do each of us use?
What do I use? At one time, probably everything I could find. But I've grown up and learned to stand up for myself. At times I back down to not make someone else feel less than they should. This story is very empowering and unforgettable from start to finish. Reminds me of "Fire Starter". 4.25 stars

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