Ratgirl, Song of the Viper tells the tale of Jax Stone, a sixteen year old orphan in Metro City, a town where the majority of the inhabitants are forced to live underground in the sewers to escape the killer rays of the sun. Her goal in life, besides staying alive, is escaping with her friends and little brother to Antarctica, the last place left where it is safe to live above ground. Complicating matters is the corrupt mayor of the town and his evil scheme involving the town’s children.
Ratgirl is a futuristic, dystopic spin on the tale of the Pied Piper filled with action, betrayal, sacrifice and romance. All good things in my world. Jax Stone is my favorite type of girl, one who doesn’t depend on boys to solve all her problems, no matter how chiseled and swoon-worthy they may be. Jax is a strong leader in a desolate world, a good heroine in the YA world of literature.
Ms. Krause is skilled in the craft of writing and creates a tale that is easy and enjoyable to read. I downloaded the e-book onto my iPad, something I’m still new at, something that infuriates my children who like to “share” my technology. They were pleasantly surprised at how quickly I finished the book. So, Kudos to Ms. Krause for a story that kept me reading. My kids appreciate it too. ;)
Parental note: Cussing and some mature themes.--Suzi Ryan