Today, I’m bringing you another book review! Yay!!! I’ll be reviewing The Goddess by H. W. Vivian. Recently, I reviewed he first book in this trilogy, War of Rain, which I gave 5 stars. You can read the review here! These books are great in the fact that you don’t have to read the first book to understand the second. New characters are introduced in The Goddess.
Number of Stars: 4.5 (I’m so easy to please haha)
Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):
“Sixteen year-old Clara and her two brothers have a secret – one that could destroy their commune if anyone found out. When a race of people, thought to be long-extinct, appears outside their home, their secret is exposed. In the same day, a strange woman “spills” out of the computer that powers the commune, and claims to be the Goddess that they all worship, incarnated into flesh and blood to warn of an approaching war. Clara’s world is soon turned upside-down as the woman’s prediction is fulfilled, causing her to question everything she’s ever known about her life and beliefs.”
The Goddess is another dystopian book in H. W. Vivian’s series, War of Rain. There are some very intriguing technologies that are presented and the book takes place in a commune that is controlled by Lindeen, their Goddess.
Each communer has a task to complete every day in the commune. These tasks range from disposing waste to being a farmer. We get to follow Clara, a waste disposer.
At the beginning, it is a tad confusing to really understand what some of the characters are talking about, but everything gets explained at a good pace. Just like the first book in this series, I became most into this book when part two started. Part one had some semi-boring parts, but the action really started right before part two. Actually, it got emotional at that part and I realized how attached I had gotten to the characters!
There is a small amount of romance in this book, but not as much as there was in War of Rain. H. W. Vivian came up with such a creative world in this book, though! Some of the things that happened were so cool to think about.
So Clara is a communer. She disposes Lindeen’s (their Goddess) waste about once a week because it is her duty. Lindeen’s waste includes broken mother boards and other types of broken electronics. Why? Because Lindeen is a computer. Yeah, it was weird for me too (in a cool way).
Clara disposes the waste with her blood-brother, Desmond, and Phoenix, her commune-brother. Everyone in the commune has a blood-family, and everyone else is supposed to be commune-siblings. Everybody takes care of everybody, basically.
When Clara, Desmond, and Phoenix go to dispose of the waste one week, Desmond is driving for the first time. Side note: these people start driving around nine years of age. NINE! That is just crazy! They dispose the waste wayyyyy up north, near the Ice Clan, their allies. However, there is a wall that is NOT supposed to be crossed. Well, Desmond gets curious and decides to go around the wall, and obviously, Clara and Phoenix must follow.
When they are disposing of the waste, they are entranced by the crystals that surround the Ice Clan’s home. They start to dispose of the waste and Clara trips and falls on the pile of waste. A spark appears, and the crystals previous luster is just….gone. The Ice Clan gets mad and attacks, but the three manage to escape.
They go back to the commune, and think things will just get better, but they don’t. Soon after, the Ice Clan comes to attack the commune. Silas, the commune’s sarcastic and childish protector, asks Lindeen for help. The Expellant (the commune’s protection that was always talked about, but never actually used…it’s a huge metal creature that is very deadly) bursts out of the ground and kills a bunch of the members of the Ice Clan.
The Ice Clan flees, and everyone now knows about Clara, Desmond, and Phoenix’s mistake. This is when the book gets pretty emotional. Lindeen comes out of the computer in a bunch of interesting liquid. The three are in the room when it happens because they are being scolded by the Presider, the only communer who can communicate with Lindeen.
Electricity happens and electricity + liquid isn’t a good mix, as we all know. Desmond doesn’t make it out alive. That about killed me. Clara takes it so hard and I just couldn’t handle it. I felt so bad for her. They had recently lost their blood-parents because of a plague.
When Lindeen comes out of the computer, Clara doesn’t believe that she is the Goddess. She things that Lindeen took Desmond from her and hates her for it. Many people eventually start to question Lindeen’s identity as well.
Then, the Earth Purists come with the Barbarians (this is the only time where something from War of Rain is mentioned in the entire book as far as I can remember) to attack the commune. When they come, they give the communers a timeline of when the war will begin.
Clara and Phoenix take it upon themselves to go get the Ice Clan back as their allies. They do succeed after a few days of righting their original wrong, and the Ice Clan head’s back to the commune with them.
The war results in many many many deaths (these books are kind of gruesome at times, but not overly so), but the communers and Ice Clan are victorious, with the help of the expellent. There was a time when it seemed like they weren’t going to win, but in the end, things ended on the right note.
That was a summary with so much left out. These books are jam packed with action and important information about the past of the dystopian world, especially in parts two and three. Part one is usually mainly full of an introduction to the setting and the characters, which is much needed.
I hope you enjoyed the review! Let me know if you decide to read one of H. W. Vivian’s books! She is such a great writer and I definitely want to support her and encourage you all to do the same. Have a great day everyone, and thanks for reading!!