Synopsis from Goodreads:Mother Earth, wounded by the human race and its disregard for her resources, will recruit human souls to serve Her and turn against humanity. A rising force festers; Gemini, a clan of paranormal beings will systematically possess and destroy towns, cities, and states. Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship between Onyx, a lead Gemini, and Violette, a human, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.
My Review:I will admit, I have not read every book that exists on Planet Earth, but for me, this book, Gemini Rising, is different and refreshingly so. O'Gorek has created another race on Planet Earth, the Gemini. They are created to serve Mother Earth's ultimate goal of wiping out humanity, a punishment for the assault humans forced on the Mother with only their greed as the motivation to do so.
Violette is a sixteen year old human living in the churches' orphanage. She so desires to be loved on any level she can reach, but she is also frightened by that possibility due to her lack of experience. She crushes on Slate, the son of Father Darius. Slate is what I would call innocent, just as Violette is. He loves her and wants her, but he has determined to be her protector. So the setting is ripe for exploration when Violette encounters her first Gemini, Onyx. Onyx is powerful and so intrigued by Violette's beauty and purity, that he could be banished by the Gemini for his curiousity.
The characters of the priest and Bishop were strong, yet so fearful of what was attacking the church and why. Violette was torn by the raging hormones that afflict the young. Slate was fighting internal demons as well as trying to protect Violette. He sure didn't understand how demons operated and he certainly questioned the church and its methods for dealing with the abomination.
The building of a race was superb and believable. The writing so smooth and flowed fluently. I truly enjoyed the fact, that this storyline was unique and new to me. I think Mother Earth is sending messages of despair from the pillaging of our planet, but it's interesting to imagine what her retalliation could possibly be. I think we've all seen her anger in recent months.
This was a very thoughtful and thought provoking read and I enjoyed it immensely. Good Job Jessica!