Santa Olivia - Jacqueline Carey

[Originally posted on tumblr on 27. September 2012]


I finished reading Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey. Sorry, there might be Spoilers.

My expectation from reading the text on the back cover:

Awesome genetically modified heroine deals out vigilance justice in the confined space of a locked down city. Oh, did I mention that she’s a lesbian?

What’s actually in this book:

The daughter of a genetically modified man loses her mother and moves in with the other orphans who get her to do some vigilance justice thing which keeps being small until she flings a gigantic rock at a military jeep. Then her brother dies because of a boxing match and she starts training to defeat the guy who did it.
Oh, and the only person she’s ever able to fall in love with is some girl. (Without any extremely explicit scenes. Everything was kind of vague … oh well, I’m still unsure what to think about this. It’s a nice way of getting away with sex scenes without suddenly writing porn.)

It’s an interesting book nonetheless and even though I was never under the impression that the main character, Loup, really showed much emotion (it’s like the author forgot about that most of the time) it’s really at some points a heart-wrenching story of a kid who tries to survive.

I really enjoyed reading this book but I’m not sure if I want to read the sequel.

Oh btw, there are no werewolves in this book. But at some point the genetically modified humans were called ‘wolf-men’.