Lushly written with rich and vivid characters, SANTA OLIVIA is Jacqueline Carey's take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth. Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas... show more
Lushly written with rich and vivid characters, SANTA OLIVIA is Jacqueline Carey's take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth. Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas and Mexico. A fugitive "Wolf-Man" who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup's father was one of a group of men genetically-manipulated and used by the US government as a weapon. The "Wolf-Men" were engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, sensory capability, stamina, and a total lack of fear, and Loup, named for and sharing her father's wolf-like qualities, is marked as an outsider. After her mother dies, Loup goes to live among the misfit orphans at the parish church, where they seethe from the injustices visited upon the locals by the soldiers. Eventually, the orphans find an outlet for their frustrations: They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who, costumed as their patron saint, Santa Olivia, uses her special abilities to avenge the town. Aware that she could lose her freedom, and possibly her life, Loup is determined to fight to redress the wrongs her community has suffered. And like the reincarnation of their patron saint, she will bring hope to all of Santa Olivia.
Publish date: May 29th 2009
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages no: 341
Edition language: English
Series: Santa Olivia (#1)
A highly enjoyable book by the author of the Kushiel series. Carey tells the story of bystanders caught (literally) in the cross fire of government conspiracy and misdirection, and of the struggle for justice and escape, whether from oppression or from false reality.
An entertaining dystopian/superhero novel that never reaches its full potential. I was intrigued by the description and the first few pages, but in retrospect the story itself is a bit of a letdown.Santa Olivia is set along the U.S.-Mexico border in what’s implied to be the not-so-distant future. Th...
Wow, just wow. What a beautiful and amazing book. The synopsis doesn't do it justice. This book is so much more than a "superhero" story. It spans this girl's first 18 years and prior, all about loss and grief, revenge and love, as well as family and prejudice. Plus the unexpected love interest and ...
I have to admit, I'm damn surprised how much I enjoyed this.