Thursday, July 18, 2013
Review: 'Vulcan's Kittens' by Cedar Sanderson
I haven't done many reviews of books or movies or other entertainment on this blog before now. I think that'll be changing, because now that I'm writing for a living, I can appreciate better what goes into a truly creative, interesting product, and I'd like to highlight those that catch my eye.
One such book is Vulcan's Kittens by Cedar Sanderson. Miss D. and I had the pleasure of meeting Cedar and her partner at Libertycon 26 recently, and were immediately taken by her friendly good humor. Miss D. picked up a copy of her book while we were there, and I finally managed to pry it out of her hands long enough to read it. I can see now why she enjoyed it so much!
Vulcan's Kittens combines myth and legend from many cultures and periods of history, and plonks them all down in our time. It's written firmly for the young adult market, from the point of view of a young teenage girl, but it's so well done that it draws you into her mindset, no matter what your own age or background. In other words, it works for the adult market, too. (At least, it did for me!)
I don't want to give away too many spoilers, but briefly, immortals are in conflict over whether to let humans develop technology that may raise them to their level, or destroy humanity in order to preserve their own position. They've done that several times before, but this time some of the immortals are out to stop their fellows from doing it again. Our young protagonist, Linnea, finds herself initially babysitting the children of one immortal, who takes the form of a cat - so inevitably her children are in the form of kittens. Linnea is quickly forced to take a more active role, and defend the kittens while she's at it - but as immortal kittens get bigger, the question arises as to who's defending whom . . .
Vulcan's Kittens is a lot of fun, and I enjoyed it immensely. Congratulations to Cedar on a great first book. I want sequels! Lots of sequels! And I want an immortal kitty of my own!