Children of the Orb

Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
260 Pages
Reviewed on 08/29/2015
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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

CA Jamison pens an electrifying tale in Polarity: Children of the Orb. An Indiana mining accident uncovered an alien orb. A cosmic storm brews within this orb, releasing rejuvenating power. All those who touched it were healed and became ageless. The survivors of the cave-in keep this power a secret, only revealing its power to their children. The parents drew energy from the orb, and the children drew energy from the parents. The orb’s power dissipates and dies, and within days the parents die as well. Lost and grieving, the children of the orb must find each other to survive. The fate of these children was decided long before they were ever born. However, will their perfect match produce love and perfect polarity, or will the result be a fatal attraction?

Polarity: Children of the Orb by CA Jamison is an ideal blend of young romantic love and alien influence. It is a story with the perfect amount of give and take. Do opposites attract? Is there a soul mate for everyone? Can evil and good come from the same gene pool? Electric blood, tornado resistant force fields, deadly manicures, a bad to the bone blond ballerina, a wicked mother, good brothers, bad brothers, an innocent yet frightening Goth, and coming of age teenagers with supernatural powers are all elements of the narrative. Polarity is shockingly stimulating. The plot is engulfing, the action flows like an electric current, quick and powerful, creating an emotional rush. The narrative exposes the deep need between the characters, not only to survive, but to protect and to love. Compassion triumphs over evil, but each character must weigh just how far they are willing to go to survive. Action that is out of this world, a promising proposal, and a surprising ending leave the reader anticipating a sequel. CA Jamison is noted for her unique story plots; she certainly wrote exceptional science fiction in Polarity.

Jack Magnus

Polarity: Children of the Orb is a new adult science fiction romance written by C.A. Jamison. Rush and his younger brother, Chris, have always lived with their parents. Their relationship is a very special one that began even before they were born. Their father was involved in a coal mining explosion which no one expected anyone would survive. Rush's father, however, found a strange glowing globe in the debris, that harbored what looked like lightning and storms within it. The orb had healing properties which were profound. The miners did not seem to age after having contact with it, and their bodies were impervious to illness and injuries. As long as they stayed within the protective sphere of the orb, they were remained healthy and strong. Their children were likewise special, requiring only daily transfers of energy from their parents to be free from illness and heal rapidly from injuries. The contact need only be as simple as a hug or a draped hand on the child’s shoulder. These special children were home-schooled as their needs and healing abilities would not be understood by those who had not been transformed by the orb. When the orb started to fade, its stormy features smoothing out and dissipating, the miners began to weaken and then die. When they were gone, their children, deprived of the parental transfers of energy, likewise began to weaken and age. Rush and Chris were not sure what to do until they met two young women who were also children of the orb, Trulie and Brook. It was fairly predictable which woman each young man would seek to befriend. The tall, blond Brook was definitely the romancer Rush's type, and Chris gravitated to Trulie, but the transfers of energy which restored each of them to their full vigor revealed who their partners really were.

C.A. Jamison's new adult science fiction romance, Polarity: Children of the Orb is an enthralling and original story. The author's writing is fluid and easy on the eyes, and her characters are well-developed and clearly defined. I enjoyed the science fiction aspect of the story and would love to see a sequel to Polarity that explores the concept of other Orbs and their origin, and deals with the expanding powers that the children possess more fully. The musical theme that runs through the story is marvelous, and the scenes set in the bar are realistic and entertaining. But I really loved the natural settings of the tale, especially the lakeside house with its acres of undeveloped land, and land that was returned to its natural state after the mining. Jamison gives the reader a lot of think about and consider in this absorbing and original story. As there are very few sensual or erotic passages in Polarity, this book would also be suitable for more mature young adults as well as new adults. Polarity: Children of the Orb is highly recommended.

Maria Beltran

Inside a mine shaft, an explosion is heard. Methane gas triggers a flash of light and fire soon engulfs the area. A man is in pain, he tries to sit and on his right side he sees a crystal orb. A storm rages inside the orb and its energy consumes the man, it changes the electric current inside his body. At the end of the day, he is able to save eleven coal miners, including his wife, from death. All of them, however, now have powerful electric currents flowing through their veins.

Trying to live normal lives, these former miners raise families, keeping the secret between them. Then something happens and they start dying, leaving their offspring, the children of the orb, fighting for their own survival. Rush and Chris James are dubbed as plasmetric people because alien electronic energy flows in their veins. So are Trulie, Brook, K.C., and the Ripley twins. They lead relatively normal lives until all vestige of normalcy is disrupted when the energy inside the crystal orb dies down. When their parents start dying, the children of the orb band together to stay alive but how?

C.A. Jamison’s Polarity: Children of the Orb is an intriguing story, a fantasy, romance and sci-fi story rolled into one. The novel’s twists and turns can be exhilarating and its ending is certainly unexpected. This is one book that will keep you awake and reading late into the night!

Francine Zane

In Polarity: Children of the Orb by C.A. Jamison, a group of young adults are drawn together by one thing — the death of an orb that both saved the lives of their parents and provided them with the energy they needed to survive childhood until they could find their polarity matches. When the orb dies, so do the parents. While still grieving their loss, brothers Rush and Chris open their home to other “plasmetric” people. Together they nurture each other and learn to control the powers related to their quasi-alien physiology.

C.A. Jamison makes a smart move in the development of Polarity: Children of the Orb. She plays on the one thing that most people can relate to — the way people need people and how the power of touch can energize and support those we love best, then she pumps up the volume a hundred times over and pours the results through memorable characters. I loved the concept of so easily determining who is your soulmate by their ability to energize and heal you through touch. The book is formatted to make it an easy e-book read with short paragraphs and chapters. The dialogue is sharp and on target for young adults, and the plot devices, such as the bitter twins who cause problems for Rush and his friends, really work. I also enjoyed the play on energy vampires that will naturally draw supernatural readers into this light science fiction story. Overall, Jamison is a smart writer who knows how to entertain her readers.

Mamta Madhavan

Polarity: Children of the Orb by C.A. Jamison revolves around Rush James and his brother Chris who are plasmetric people born to human parents. Plasmetric people have electronic energy in their blood cells. There are other plasmetric people too in the world and these people should find their own types to stay alive. Rush James falls in love with Trulie Morgan who also belongs to the Children of the Orb. The story, narrated from the perspective of Rush James, takes readers through his life where he loses his parents, slowly going on to lead the plasmetric people, and his relationship with Trulie which challenges him and puts him through many tests.

The plot is refreshingly original and readers are taken into the exciting and amazing world of Children of the Orb. The author weaves fantasy, mystery, science fiction and romance together convincingly, making it an entertaining read. I found it very fascinating to read about plasmetric people and how they need to keep their blood cells charged by another person belonging to the same family to keep them alive. The writing is detailed and fluid and that makes it visual and gives a good movement to the story. The main characters, Rush James and Trulie Morgan, are strongly portrayed as are the rest of the characters in the story. This story with its action, mystery and romance has all the ingredients to make it into an engaging and thrilling movie.