September 28, 2009

Review of: Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey

Santa Olivia starts out as the story of Carmen Garron. She's a waitress in a dinner in post-apocalyptic US/Mexico border. The story shifts to Carmen's daughter, Loup, when Loup is six.

Carmen's two children have different fathers. Tommy's, who was six when Loup was born, father was a boxer in the military. Loup's father is not. Loup's father is one of the 'Lost Boys'. The Lost Boys were a group of young Hatian boys who were experimented on. As a result of these experiments, the boys developed fast reflexes and other super-human ablilities. They were nicknamed Wolf-Men.

When Loup is ten their mom dies. Tommy is sixteen and moves into an apartment above the gym where he is training to become a boxer (like his father). Loup has to go live in an orphanage. Loup eventually takes on the persona of the town's patron saint, Santa Olivia. Santa Olivia does not put up with injustices!

Besides Santa Olivia, I have only read Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series. While I did not get as swept away with Santa Olivia I enjoyed it. If there is a sequel, Santa Olivia ends with that possibility, I will definitely read it. I want to know what happens for/to Loup Garron.
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.

Title: Santa Olivia
Author: Jacqueline Carey
ISBN: 9780446198172
Pages: 341
Published by: Grand Central Publishing (May 29, 2009)
Genre(s): Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Grade: B+ What does this grade mean?

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