Facsimile by Vicki L. Weavil
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
For a ticket to Earth, seventeen-year-old Anna-Maria “Ann” Solano is willing to jettison her birth planet, best friend, and the boy who loves her. Especially since all she’s required to do is escort Dace Keeling, a young naturalist, through the wilderness of the partially terraformed planet Eco. Ann‘s determination to escape the limitations of her small, frontier colony never falters, until Dace’s expeditions uncover three secrets. One offers riches, one shatters Ann’s perceptions of herself, and one reveals that the humans stranded on Eco are not its only inhabitants.
Ann’s willing to sacrifice friendship and love for a new life on Earth. But when an entire species is placed in jeopardy by her actions, she must make a choice – fulfill the dream that’s always sustained her, or save the planet she’s never considered home.
Facsimile follows Ann whom is desperate to get off of Eco. Her descendants came to Eco to terraform the plant to resemble Earth. Ann helps her grandma in the green house, and she has a boy her age name Raiden that fancies her, but there’s nothing keeping her on Eco. Eco is not her home. Earth is. The community on Eco barters with shippers that come to dock. The captain on the ship has a nephew that is a naturalist and has been conducting research on other planets. Ann volunteers to show Dace around Eco so he can collect samples. And on their ventures they make a miraculous discovery, one that tells them they aren’t completely alone in the universe. Their discovery though is soon in peril and Dace and Ann must do what they can to keep their discovery from being destroyed.
Facsimile is a fast past adventure filled with all sorts of exciting scientific concepts. Ann grows a lot through this story. She starts off as being somewhat selfish and a little insensitive to others, but over time she grows as an individual and starts care about more than just herself. Dace is a scientific nerd, and I just loved him. He’s very into his findings and is an easy character to like. Raiden is probably my favorite character. He’s a bit moody, but underneath it all a really good person. There is a love triangle in this book, and I’m not particularly a fan of love triangles, but I enjoyed the message at the end of the book concerning boyfriends. Part of the reason why Ann doesn’t really want to be with Raiden is that there really is no one else in their small community for her to match up with. It was practically a given when they were young that they would be together. But I think Raiden’s feelings are true and genuine and even though he’s moody and grumpy at times he’s very considerate of Ann’s feelings and doesn’t push her concerning the issue with Dace even though he obviously get’s jealous. And the two boys even were fond of each other, which is rare in love triangles and I have to admit I rather enjoyed it.
The plot was very enjoyable. It centers around their discovery and how to save it. If you enjoy adventures filled with science and great characters than be sure to check this book out! I highly recommended reading it! I give this book a rating of 3.5 out of 5!
About the Author:
Vicki L. Weavil was raised in a farming community in Virginia, where her life was shaped by a wonderful family, the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an obsession with reading. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Virginia, a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University, and a Masters in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After working as a librarian at the NY Public Library at Lincoln Center, and the Museum of Television & Radio (now the Paley Center for Media) in NYC, she is currently the Director for Library Services at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Vicki loves good writing in any genre, and has been known to read seven books in as many days. She enjoys travel, gardening, and the arts. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband and some very spoiled cats. A member of SCBWI, Vicki is represented by Fran Black at Literary Counsel, NY, NY.