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Top Shelf: Fable

Fable, by Adrienne Young, is the first in a young adult duology that achieved New York Times bestseller status, and was a Hello Sunshine Book Club Young Adult selection.

Fable is an isolated teenager in a ruthless land with nothing but her own survival skills. She is very, very alone following the death of her mother and cruel abandonment of her father. Readers quickly learn that her survival skill is dredging reefs for valuable items, and she seems to have an uncanny knack for finding gems.

The book is riveting; every time I breathed a sigh of relief for Fable, something happens. She is surrounded by harsh communities, focusing on survival above all else, and in constant desperation.

She begins to find some comfort towards the end of the novel, but we are left with a cliffhanger leading to book two.

Character development and adventurous plot twists continue in Namesake, the second and final book of the series. Young does a wonderful job creating imperfect characters who stay to true to the effect this bleak ocean environment has on their personalities. The second book largely centers on the theme of family and its many forms, with strong plot elements to support the excellent writing.

I highly recommend Fable for its strong themes, plot and characters.

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