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Surviving life after death

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly:

Dove Arising
By Karen Bao
Viking, 2015

Phaet Theta, a teenage girl of Chinese descent who has grown up on a colony on the moon, has only known one way of life, one of strict rules, military-like police and the law enforcement and the Committee — their governing body — watching over citizens through audio receptors in implanted hand-screens.

After her father died about nine years ago, Phaet (pronounced like fate) has barely spoken, relying on her best friend Umbriel to speak for her. She spends most of her time staying off the government’s radar, cultivating plants in Greenhouse 22.

But then her mother is arrested and all of a sudden, 15-year-old Phaet has to step up and figure out a way to take care of her two younger siblings.

The only way she sees to do this is to enlist in the Militia, the colony’s law enforcement entity. Once she enters training, Phaet must work extra hard to make it to the top of her class in order to secure the highest ranking, and as a result, the highest paycheck.

At the beginning of “Dove,” Phaet is nearly mute, but as the story progresses, she learns to use her voice — both literally and figuratively, as she begins to stand up for herself and the injustices she sees around her.

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