Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Blog Tour: Our Orbit

Title Our Orbit

Author Anesa Miller

Release Date June 25, 2014

Tour Host Sage's Blog Tours

In Anesa Miller’s new book, Our Orbit, nine-year-old Miriam Winslow has never worn new clothes, was not permitted to cut her hair, and believes that children must repent their sins with major displays of remorse, or harm will come to their loved ones. Barely half a year after her mother’s death, Miriam is thrust into a different world when her father, a militant tax protester, is jailed on weapons charges.

Miriam finds herself in foster care, her teenage siblings sent to other homes.

College-educated Rick and Deanne Fletcher quickly come to love their “new little girl.” Then they encounter the rest of Miriam’s family: Uncle Dan believes he was abducted by aliens. Sister Rachel, just out of juvenile detention, harbors many painful secrets. Brother Josh is outraged that the Fletchers disrespect Christian teachings. When his plan to remove Miriam from their home fails, Josh reacts with growing hostility to outside interference in their way of life.

Our Orbit was an enjoyable read and I'm glad that I was given the opportunity to read it.

This book was very well written. I liked the pacing of the story immensely. Nothing felt rushed or glossed over, but it also never dragged on or became boring. The flow of the story was reminiscent of everyday life. Even if there wasn't a whole lot of action, the story steadily progressed. Aside from the story, the characters in the book were wonderful. I loved that Miller was able to skillfully show the diversity of characters from different socioeconomic classes from the same area. I was very impressed.

Our Orbit dives into many heavy topics such as religion, poverty, abortion, and family relations. Miller navigates these topics in a way that never comes off preachy or unrealistic. Everything feels so lifelike in this story and that's what I enjoyed the most.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

About Anesa Miller

A native of Wichita, Kansas, and longtime Ohio resident, Anesa Miller is a writer with training in Russian language and literature. Her work has been published in The Kenyon Review, The California Quarterly, the Southern Humanities Review, and others. Her debut novel, Our Orbit, is a story of cultural conflict set in Appalachia in the 1990s.

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