True Calling by Siobhan Davis follows the story of Ariana Skyee, a 17 year old girl who live on Planet Novo, hundreds of miles above Earth. Only a small portion of the earth’s population was moved to Novo, and those ones had their memories wiped so that they wouldn’t remember details of life on earth. Novo’s government is overly controlling, deciding to force young adults to get married early and begin having children so as to boost the population. Ariana is distressed by this, as well as family problems, boyfriend problems, and dreams of another boy back on earth. As she begins to unravel her past, what she wants for her future becomes more clear, as do the government’s true intentions.
This story was really great. It felt a bit like a sci-fi version of The Selection, but I liked the idea a lot, and the overall story seemed to be well thought out. The beginning was stiffly written, it took me a while to really get into it, but it eventually picked up and got very interesting. I think it was after about five chapters, I just couldn’t put it down! The pageant in the book is really well written and what the authorities were forcing upon the characters struck a chord with me. I love when a book can stir my emotions like that, it’s always a good sign for me. I also loved the emphasis the author put on family in this book, showing how much Ariana cared about her family, putting her own feelings on the back-burner to take care of them. It was beautiful to read.
The writing style was at times, as I said before, stiff. Sometimes the emotions of characters didn’t feel strong enough, or appropriate for the situations they were placed in. Character development was odd at times. Cal’s character really confused me. I started out loving him, but by the end he showed very undesirable traits that didn’t really make sense to me. Zane was very well written I felt, his character just seemed the most realistic and likeable. The main character, Ariana, felt almost robotic at time, but overall she was quite likeable and a great heroine for the story.
I will finish this series for sure, too many questions were left unanswered for me not to keep reading! And as I stated before, the story is really good, and at the end of the day that’s what I want most out of a book. As a side note, Siobhan is a total sweetheart and I want to read anything she puts out, so I’ll definitely keep reading her books! I’d give this one ⅗ stars.