Poignant and Real
In Call of the Sun Child, Varela has created a living, breathing world, that which was formed from her own passions. This tale of a lost girl, Sempra, and her transformation into adulthood is poignant and real. The world she exists in is somewhat distant, but unfortunately not distant enough. A cautionary tale, a coming of age tale… it all asks us the important questions: “Who are you and why do you believe what you do?”
Steve Davala, author of The Soulkind Awakening
Haunting and Beautiful Prose
Call of the Sun Child is written in a haunting and beautiful prose.
Varela trusts her readers with figurative and poetic language that paints an almost dream-
Regina Sirois, author of On Little Wings
Will Surprise Even The Most Seasoned of Fiction Readers
If you like speculative fiction with fascist governments stomping out independent human thought, if you like books with human hibernation, TEEN resistance, sleep without dreams, “stiff air,” expulsions to the Outside, and “the best hair brushing methods,” if you like “shining circular portals,” if you like Jack London’s Call of the Wild, if you can recall Jesus’s 40-
Jay Ponteri, author of Wedlocked
Call of the Sun Child won a bronze medal for Best First Book at the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. It was also a finalist in the Young Adult category at the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Call of the Sun Child is available as a paperback through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books, Indiebound, and your local independent bookstore. You can also purchase it as an e-
Sempra has lived all of her sixteen years in an enclosed dome called the Circadia Stable Living Facility. It is structured, sustainable, and windowless. After the sun grew in intensity, causing society to become nocturnal, it was the only safe place to go. No one remembers the outside world. For 150 years the government has warned them about the deadly sun, and savage, vengeful outsiders. There is only one punishment for any crime: to be exiled from the facility. But Sempra is curious. Beyond those walls, what is there to see? When she and her childhood friend, Alden, discover a forbidden book, she begins to question the facility, and, with it, everything she has ever known
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