The second book about Winter Agent Juno, this was sent to me by the author to review and share with you. When Juno is informed of the death of her estranged mother through suicide, she is compelled to head back to her home town to find out what happened and face the past. But no one is happy to see her back home, not her sisters and certainly not the local crime bosses who seem intent on making her leave. What really happened to her mother?
Set in a dystopian future, Juno must navigate through her family issues, which is pretty intense when your mother was a local bad guy, who you had an incrediby difficult relationship with. And her sisters are also both very different and very difficult people. But she also butts heads with the local colour, the henchmen of the books villain.
I loved the gentle humour that runs through this book. As a subject, it’s kind of dark, with it’s dystopian future setting and dysfunctional family at the heart, and there’s plenty of action and violence here, and yet, this book often made me smile too. While Juno is a hard, one eyed tough girl, she’s dogged by the furry paws of her mothers grieving dog, and she also has to contend with her feelings for the crush she left behind. It’s here that we see her more vulnerable side. She reminded me a bit of a comic book hero, in that she’s tough and full of action, ready to bust out into violence at any time. I also liked the way the locations and action were all evoked, this was a very visual book.
On the whole, if you love your action, violence and sci-fi stirred up by a strong heroine with a side serving of humour, this is a great book.
Read It If: you thought your mum was bad… Juno is a wonderful, colourful heroine and the book is full of action, characters and bloody fights. Delightful.