Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Circus Summer by Kailin Gow
Synopsis: In post-apocalypse America, every season, the Circus of Curiosities visits the city, bringing with it the most fantastic circus acts that are beautiful, majestic, curious, and death-defying. Every season performers for these acts are chosen from the young men and women in each town, trained, and sent to perform in a live grand performance, performed literally to the death. Two performers from Sea Cliff, a beach town at the outskirts of The Center find themselves chosen to be in this Summer's Circus Act. Both must win at any cost, but could they ignore their feelings for each other? Leela Sinclair needs to win in order to get to The Center where she can get medical help from the best physicians for her ailing mother, plague with a condition no one have heard of. For Zachary Nile, his reasons for becoming a performer at the Circus is more mysterious. Only the ringmaster and the Circus of Curiosities owner Dex Hightower (Dr. Dex) knows what the touring Circus is really about amidst the magic and splendor. Despite the Great War and the poverty surrounding the land except for the towns fortunate enough to be near the Center, Dr. Dex and the Circus performers all know, "The show must go on."
Review: Circus Summer tells the story of Zach and Leela, two young people in Sea Cliff that join the Circus of Curiosities because it is a way to get the thing they need most. The Circus travels around from town to town taking volunteers to perform, often until the death, and then moves to the next town. Dr. Dex, the ringmaster is searching for the ultimate performer.
The story chronicles their story in the post-war, post-apocalyptic world they're living in. I really liked Zach and Leela - they are a scorching hot couple. I especially liked the chapters from Zach's point of view - because he had information that Leela didn't and it made the book more interesting. My only complaint is that I really wished that Kailin Gow has gone more into detail about the war and the post-apocalyptic environment they live in, and how the world got that way. I am hoping that in book two we will get more details about that. Other than that, I liked the book and can't wait to continue the story.
For a short time you can get Circus Summer for a discounted price of $1.99 for Kindle.
About Kailin Gow:
Kailin Gow is the author of over 100 books, with the majority of them for young adults. Her most popular series are: The Frost Series, PULSE Series, Desire Series, Wicked Woods, Steampunk Scarlett Novels, and more. A full-time author, she is also a producer, having worked in radio, television, and film. She grew up in Southern California, lived in Texas and England, and had traveled extensively around the world.