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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Daughters of the Mayflower Universe is a work of fiction in the romantic drama, interpersonal drama, and science fiction adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author Celie Wells. Written for the mature end of the young adult reading age and beyond, the work does contain moderate sexual references, mild scenes of violence, and some triggering content such as suicide references. Our central protagonist is young Karine, who bears the burden that her planet may soon be coming to an end. There is an offer of salvation aboard the Universe ships, but Karine has many questions about the changes to her life, and the world she thought she knew may well come crashing down around her.
Author Celie Wells has crafted a truly fascinating work that is concise and quick to read but filled to the brim with concepts, emotions, and drama. I really liked the set-up for the juxtaposition between utopia and dystopia, which brings out some pertinent moral messages about what we really value in life. Karine’s learning curve is a great coming of age emotive arc for YA readers to invest in and follow, and the new characters she meets along the way give us plenty to enjoy as she develops her relationships too. The science-fiction concepts are closely woven into the interpersonal storyline, with solid worldbuilding to make Karine’s life, both before and after the plot’s twists and turns, feel realistic and immersive. Overall, I would certainly recommend Daughters of the Mayflower Universe for YA fiction fans seeking a truly unique and high concept read.