Book Review: Restoring Harmony

Book Review: Restoring HarmonyRestoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony
Published by Putnam Juvenile on May 13th 2010
Pages: 307

The year is 2041, and sixteen-year-old Molly McClure has lived a relatively quiet life on an isolated farming island in Canada, but when her family fears the worst may have happened to her grandparents in the US, Molly must brave the dangerous, chaotic world left after global economic collapse—one of massive oil shortages, rampant crime, and abandoned cities.

Molly is relieved to find her grandparents alive in their Portland suburb, but they’re financially ruined and practically starving. What should’ve been a quick trip turns into a full-fledged rescue mission. And when Molly witnesses something the local crime bosses wishes she hadn’t, Molly’s only way home may be to beat them at their own game. Luckily, there’s a handsome stranger who’s willing to help.

Restoring Harmony is a riveting, fast-paced dystopian tale complete with adventure and romance that readers will devour.

When Restoring Harmony starts, Molly's family is getting worried about her mother. She's older than she should be having another child and she will not rest. So, the family designated Molly to go to her grandfather in the United States (they live in Canada) and convince him to come back with her. Unfortunately, Molly's grandfather is as stubborn as her mother and does not want to leave his home. How will Molly convince her grandfather to leave with her?

I really loved the plot of Restoring Harmony. It moved at a nice pace and was a bit different from what I've been reading lately. It was a nice change of pace.

Molly is really down to earth and motivated. She's so real that you can't help but like her. I especially like her love of music and need to play it daily.

The guy interest in this book is a complex character who has a mysterious air about him. It's hard not to like him, even when you know he is sort of involved in criminal activities.

Final Verdict: For one thing, the connection to music pulled me in as a reader. I really felt Molly's love for playing the fiddle and can relate to loving music. I really just was into the story and it was written so well that I instantly loved it. Joelle definitely pains a very realistic story, although dystopian.

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20 responses to “Book Review: Restoring Harmony

  1. I’d not heard of this before but it sounds really good. I really like the way that you structure your reviews – it makes the information very instant and I can always figure out straight away if I am going to be interested in reading the book even if I only have time for a quick glance through what you have written!

  2. Adriana

    I’m still not sure about this book. I’ve read pretty mixed reviews on it and I’m usually really iffy on dystopian. I’m glad you enjoyed it though. 😀

  3. I won SEA from this author, and I was actually kinda bummed because, as much as I wanted to read Sea, I wanted to read this too!

    I’m glad you gave it a positive review, can’t wait to read it!

  4. Rebecca

    Restoring Harmony is one book that I cannot wait to read. I do enjoy a dystopian book every now and again.

  5. Jenny N.

    I still need to get a copy of this. Joelle’s a local BC author and I should support her by buying her book.

  6. Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops

    Hmm, I’d never really paid note to this book until I read this review. Now, its kind of intriguing. I might have to add this one to my list, too!

  7. Sassy CC

    Great Review. Global economic collapse seems extremely relate able and possible. Dystopian characters tend to get to me they feel more grounded than other characters from different genres don’t know why but it seems to have happened again. Will definitely look out for Restoring Harmony.

  8. donnas

    Great review. This is a genre I am not totally familiar with yet. But looking forward to checking it out.

  9. Icedream

    I didn’t manage to get this finished for the read-a-thon but good to know it’s a 5 star. It’s next in my line-up.

  10. Shy

    I heard that this is one of must-read dystopian book. I love that it has some sort of music connection. Definitely something I’ve never seen before.

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