­Karma of the Sun

CamCat. Jan. 2023. 352p. Tr $25.99. ISBN 9780744307603.
Karma has spent most of his life living under the shadow of his father’s disappearance. But the weight of shame may soon be lifted. He was raised with the prophecy of the Seventh Sun, and there are signs that the prophecy will soon be fulfilled—and their world destroyed. When Karma is sent on a quest to save his village, he knows it might also be an opportunity to find his father. The journey proves to be unimaginably perilous as people and events are not what they seem, but Karma isn’t giving up. This story is full of adventure, triumph, heartache, unexpected twists and betrayals, and fast-paced action. Boey flawlessly wields words, delivers a roller-coaster of emotions, and has crafted a novel that is impossible to put down. Karma’s character exudes innocence without naivete and determination but not perfection. The story is set against the backdrop of nuclear war through the cultural lens of people living in the Himalayas. The scenery and sacred stories are refreshing even in light of the tragic consequences of human violence, such as an attempted sexual assault.
VERDICT Highly recommended for older teens.

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