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Santa Olivia Read ´ 9 ´ Lushly written with rich and vivid characters SANTA OLIVIA is Jacueline 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 affThe 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 Olivi. NB I received this as an ARCSanta Olivia is the latest book by Jacueline Carey who is better known for and much better known for the Sundering Duology and much much better known for two Kushiel trilogies While the former is a take on classic fantasy and the latter are milestone in dark sensual fantasy Santa Olivia is a completely different kettle of fishThe press information provided to me describes Santa Olivia as Jacueline Carey's take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth However what this novel is I think is far nuanced and complex than that simple formulationThe novel centers around Loup Born in a future where a conflict and a disease has created such tensions between Mexico and the United States that a no man's land has sprung up between the two nations Loup lives in the abject poverty and virtual prison that makes up the titular piece of land controlled by the US Military Born of a genetically engineered father and a local for a mother we follow Loup's life from living with her mother and older half brother to her life as an orphan in the local church when she loses both of them Loup has a hard life in a hardscrabble world but she does have her secret the genetic heritage of her father Her father's special gifts of strength fearlessness paranormal senses and speed have been fully inherited in Loup What first starts as a secret to be held tightly for fear of discovery by the military turns into a opportunity to exact justice and later still an opportunity to escapeWhile Loup does take up the mantle of a disguised superhero and hints and nuances including the very name given to her suggest werewolves as an inspiration for the genetic manipulations which inadvertently created Loup this novel is much than a novel about a werewolf powered comic book superhero Carey's interest in Christian saints and iconography get play here in the identity that Loup takes in her retributive acts the titular saint of the compound Santa Olivia The novel runs from before her birth to her ultimate escape and freedom and so we follow her as she grows up grows into her abilities and learns to use them as a symbol of hope and strength for herself and for the people around her that she touches There is a love story in the novel as well and while the love story itself follows a relatively familiar pattern the identities of the participants and the development of the characters give it its own uniue stampI don't think that the novel uite works as well as I had hoped There are an awful lot of loose ends left unanswered by the denouement not ones that really would be answered in a seuel either It's difficult to do near future worldbuilding well as any of the top lights in science fiction can tell you; Carey's worldbuilding is much assured in her other novels than here I never really bought the Macguffin that the head of the camp holds as a potential means of escape although I recognize its dramatic necessity as a device to propel the characters Loup included a chimerical banner to chase after I was also surprised at first at the coarseness of language of the characters of all ages It took a shift of perception on my part to go from the beauty of courtly language in Terre D'Ange to the salty expletive filled language of the residents of Santa Olivia Overall though on the balance I am happy that Carey wrote the novel Not only on its merits which upon reflection do outweigh its drawbacks but because I am a firm believer in author diversification I don't want Carey to write only endless Kushiel novels just like I don't want Stross to only write Merchant Prince novels I want authors that I like and Carey certainly has her place in there to do well but I'd rather not have them turn

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Lushly written with rich and vivid characters SANTA OLIVIA is Jacueline 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 manipulate. The town of Santa Olivia lies between the US and Mexican border but becomes a sort of present day leper colony when it is walled off from the rest of the world Apparently the epicenter of a particularly nasty flu virus the U S military builds a base there so the soldiers can keep the townspeople in line And as governments are wont to do it decides Hey while we have this super secret base cut off from the rest of the world how's about we take the opportunity for a little genetic experimentation Maybe splice some animal DNA into human DNA and create a super soldier Anyone have any wolf DNA lying about Which is all fine and dandy until your super soldier escapes impregnates a local waitress and hightails it for Mexico after the townspeople turn against him And so Loup Garron is born a child with super strength and an inability to feel fear Following Loup throughout her childhood and teenage years we witness as she deals with the deaths of loved ones bands together with others in her orphanage to create miracles and punishments in the name of the town's patron saint grapples with her identity and her sexuality and enters into a military sanctioned boxing match as a means of avenging her brother's death To have focused on any one of these stories might have made for a cohesive if not satisfying narrative but as it is the plot structure seems clunky and jumps from one idea to the next It doesn't help that through it all Loup doesn't seem to feel much of anything or develop a personality beyond gee I feel different from everyone else The climax of the book leads to the aforementioned boxing match which lacks any real sense of tension or dramaI've seen summaries of Santa Olivia that claim it gives a new and intriguing slant to both the werewolf mythos and to the superhero concept Except for it doesn't Because really it's not about werewolves or about superheroes The whole wolf DNA angle is basically irrelevant; the only wolfy characteristics exhibited by Loup are her super strength and stamina a keen sense of hearing an increased appetite and some poorly executed idea about her mating for life Any animal could have been selected for the same traits there's no real reason as to why it had to be a wolf In terms of her superhero abilities see the list provided above Not exactly thrilling stuff She's no Wolverine although one of the orphans compares her to him Here she is blessed with the strength of the big bad wolf so what's she going to do She's going to box her heart out baby This failed to blow my house down There were some intriguing ideas here whose executions fell flat but I did appreciate the inclusion of a strong lesbian character However even that feels a little disingenuous in that it seems to exist only as a means of reinforcing the idea that Loup never fits in in case it's not really coming across that she's different During her sexual experimentation with boys the boys always reject her saying that she just feels different when they kiss her or that sex with her is like putting a penis in a vise It's almost as if seeking out another female is her only option although it's later connected to the whole tendency to have only one mate idea I would have preferred it if her attraction to women had been separated from this strange connection to her lupine heritageOverall I feel this is the type of book that was born out of a tongue in cheek conceit Hey what if I named the main character Loup Garron Get it Like loup garou As in werewolf Why aren't you 'howling' with laughter Also I'm pissed about that cover Because that cover has nothing to do with the bookCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

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Santa OliviaD 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 ualities 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. This is a science fiction novel from Carey about the daughter about a genetically engineered soldier who escapes the lab and passes through a border zone created between the US and Mexico in the wake of a plague that came up from Mexico I wonder how Carey feels now since the copyright date is April 2009 the same month reports of H1N1 virus became news which means that Carey would have handed the manuscript in a year earlier Loup is born to her single mother when her father is forced to move on and raised as much by her half brother Tom a kind and cheerful boy who does his best to keep his promise to Loup's father to teach her to hide the characteristics that mark her as other She is fast with a higher body mass and tolerance to pain and she does not know fear It's Tom who first takes her into the town's boxing ring where he trains to fight in the soldiers vs locals boxing game that promises the local who defeats a soldier two tickets to America When their mother dies Loup is raised by the town's priest and nun along with other orphans They discover what she can do and it is they that concoct the incidents that earn Loup the name of Santa Olivia after the town's patron saint But it isn't until Loup loses yet another person who is vital to her that she is driven to find out just how much punishment her body can take and dish outI didn't mark this one as adult or ya because except for the language and sexual lives of Loup and her friends it could be a ya And if it were the real world and instead of a novel with the language and sexual lives of these kids going from pre teen to mid teens for Loup it would be a ya It's a durn good read from an extraordinarily talented author