The White Lilac

Rated 4.00/5 based on 11 reviews
Fifteen year old Caryn Tobin is willing to sacrifice her life to save the world, and to atone for her part in the death of a friend. Kai Garrett will risk everything to discover his past and why he was abandon. When their paths join, they form an unlikely friendship that could change everything. The fate of the world hangs in the balance. This is a YA Dystopian Sci-fi novel. More
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About Christina J Adams

Christina J. Adams finds inspiration in the green rolling hills and farmland surrounding her home in Maryland. She loves writing, especially books for children and teens, and she gets more excited about a new book coming out, from one of many favorite authors, that it’s probably not good for her health. She didn’t think being a writer was a serious profession until after high school, but has since decided it is the best career ever.

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Review by: Sigourney Hatfield on Sep. 13, 2013 :
A copy of The White Lilac was kindly sent to me by Christina J. Adams in exchange for an honest review.

The White Lilac is a solid, well written dystopian novel from Christina J. Adams and I really loved the concept behind it. Caryn has been training all her life to be the White Lilac, the person who will retrieve the cure to the toxic air on Beta Earth, and she has no desire to do anything else after her friend Heather drowned, until she is given the opportunity to see the planet for three days before she essentially goes to her death to get the cure. The plot is well thought out and fast paced, the characters are well rounded, with a romance that doesn't overwhelm the rest of the plot, and I enjoyed reading it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Megan Mitchell on Feb. 01, 2013 :
This is a different take on a dystopian YA novel. The story is not what you would normally think of when you think "dystopian"...so it's a nice change of pace.

I don't usually get drawn to sci-fi books, but for some reason, this one held my interest pretty much throughout. The world ("Beta Earth") in this book is pretty wild, and the author does an amazing job of building that world to where the reader can actually see what she is talking about. But it's not IN YOUR FACE world-building like a lot of the YA dystopians are now. It worked into the story well.

I thought it was pretty cool that the story went between two perspectives (Caryn and Kai). I haven't ready many other books like that, but the ones I have read, it was a neat change of pace.

I enjoyed Caryn's character most in the book because it's almost a "coming of age" tale within this wild sci-fi dystopian world. You can see her becoming stronger and more badass throughout the entire book.

The only thing that I wasn't a huge fan of was the ending. I kind of saw that coming, but overall, still a good book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Elise Loring on Jan. 29, 2013 :
I loved this book. The story was new and original. The characters were interesting and deep. The world was intricate and different.

Ok so first I'll talk about the plot. This book is based on a planet called Beta Earth. Beta Earth has an indigenous aquatic animal called a Jigger. The Jigger give off a toxin that kills all human that don't have the cure every eighty years during mating season. Not only that but to make matters worse the only cure for the jigger toxin is jigger eggs which are laid in an anemone that is poisonous to the touch. The Compound is a scientific lab that is dedicated to creating the cure. Caryn is one of the genetically modified humans bred to give her life to get the cure. She is given three days to live life outside the Compound. While there she runs into an orphan boy named Kai. He shows her how to live and how to love. Will Caryn give her life to save everyone? Or will she decide to live and leave everyone to fend for themselves? What is the Compounds true motive? Read it and find out. The answer to these questions will surprise you. The plot was well written, unpredictable, and completely original. It was riveting from the very first page. I couldn't put it down.

The characters were interesting and deep. Caryn starts out naive and ignorant but she grows into a confident and beautiful girl who follows her heart instead of just listening to what she's told. She is kind and finds the beauty in everything. Kai is jaded and cynical. Growing without food or shelter or anything that was truly his has made him like this. But when he meets Caryn she teaches him how to live and love. Kai also has a secret that not even he knows about that is the key to why he can hold his breath under water for a long time and why he is so violent good at mathematical equations.

I loved this book immensely. It was intricate, intriguing, beautifully well written and original. I recommend this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Elise Loring on Jan. 29, 2013 :
I loved this book. The story was new and original. The characters were interesting and deep. The world was intricate and different.

Ok so first I'll talk about the plot. This book is based on a planet called Beta Earth. Beta Earth has an indigenous aquatic animal called a Jigger. The Jigger give off a toxin that kills all human that don't have the cure every eighty years during mating season. Not only that but to make matters worse the only cure for the jigger toxin is jigger eggs which are laid in an anemone that is poisonous to the touch. The Compound is a scientific lab that is dedicated to creating the cure. Caryn is one of the genetically modified humans bred to give her life to get the cure. She is given three days to live life outside the Compound. While there she runs into an orphan boy named Kai. He shows her how to live and how to love. Will Caryn give her life to save everyone? Or will she decide to live and leave everyone to fend for themselves? What is the Compounds true motive? Read it and find out. The answer to these questions will surprise you. The plot was well written, unpredictable, and completely original. It was riveting from the very first page. I couldn't put it down.

The characters were interesting and deep. Caryn starts out naive and ignorant but she grows into a confident and beautiful girl who follows her heart instead of just listening to what she's told. She is kind and finds the beauty in everything. Kai is jaded and cynical. Growing without food or shelter or anything that was truly his has made him like this. But when he meets Caryn she teaches him how to live and love. Kai also has a secret that not even he knows about that is the key to why he can hold his breath under water for a long time and why he is so violent good at mathmatical equations.

I loved this book immensely. It was intricate, intriguing, beautifully well written and original. I recommend this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Leary on Jan. 23, 2013 :
3.5 stars

The White Lilac takes place in the future on Beta Earth. When colonists settled on this planet hundreds of years ago, they discovered that a fish, called a jigger, released a toxic dust in the air. A cure was discovered by scientists who created the Compound. The Compound produces genetically altered humans that are able to collect the cure. These candidates are born and raised at the Compound, training their entire life, so that they are ready to collect the cure if needed. The bad part is that the cure is found within an anemone and once stung, the selected candidate (or White Lilac) dies. Keep in mind that these candidates are young teens, and the main character, Caryn, is 15 years old.

Caryn has been raised her entire life in the Compound, never leaving, and knows that her life is short and her main purpose is to collect this cure in order to save others. In a surprise twist, Caryn is given the opportunity to leave the Compound and visit Highton City for 3 days, before being called back to complete her obligation of collecting the cure. This is her chance to experience "outside", eating new foods, visiting museums and meeting new and different people.

The other main character in the book is Kai. Kai is an orphan, a couple of years older than Caryn, and is assigned as her guardian. Kai's initial reason in guarding Caryn is to find out who his mother is. He was abandoned at 4 years old and has always wondered whether she really loved him. A local gang leader in the city has this information but will only provide it if Kai delivers a ruby to him. In exchange for guarding Caryn for the 3 days, he will be paid with the Ruby.

In any case, there are many plot points to the story, but you will have to read it to find out more ;) Does Kai find out who his parents are, does Caryn collect the cure, does she survive, is the Compound what it's really meant to be, who can and cannot be trusted?

This is a great book for young adults. The author provides good detail in describing events and the book is well edited. The only thing that keeps me from giving it another 1/2 star is that I wish the relationship between Caryn and Kai was more detailed. They spent a lot of time together but I really didn't get to know them as we'll as I'd like to. The author does have great potential though and I definitely look forward to reading more from her.

This book was kindly provided by the Author for a fair and honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Siva Kumar S A on Jan. 14, 2013 :
I would categorize “The white Lilac” as science fiction drama with a bit of mystery rather than as dystopian novel . The novel follows Caryn and Kai as their paths cross when they have to take very important decisions in their life especially Caryn since her choice will decide whether a lot of people will live or die.
The novel begins with Caryn preparing for the test the winner of which will have to collect the cure for poison affecting humans and will die in the process. She has been workings hard for the day and does well, unexpectedly she is given a chance to live life outside the lab with all privileges available for three days.
Kai is street kid who has avoided getting in trouble by keeping low profile. Suddenly he is dragged by a gangster and is asked to steel a diamond in exchange for his life and the secrets of his life.
Their paths cross and they spend the three days together. They influence each other even as Caryn learns secrets that make her question her faith in what she has been taught .She has to make a choice which will affect a lot of lives whatever she chooses .As she is crushed by the morality of her choice their bond grows giving new promises.
The story is set a colonial planet called beta earth which has two suns.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sonali on Jan. 09, 2013 :
I would like to thank the author for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review. It is my first sci-fi novel and I must say I really enjoyed reading it. The story is set in the backdrop of Earth's colonial planet, Beta Earth. The year is 2734, Betan Calender.

The story starts with The White Lilac Tournament organised by the Compound, a scientific organisation with maximum privileges and sole right to gather the cure. The winner of this competition would be the one to gather the cure of a very deadly disease. The catch is that the person who will collect the cure would die within a day. Well, as you can see, it is a kind of story that starts with a bang!

Caryn is 15 years old and one of the candidates for the tournament. As the oldest of the candidates she feels that it is her responsibility to win the Tournament and gather the cure. Caryn is motivated with the will to help others and strongly believes that she is born for this. Moments after she is declared as the winner, she gets a chance to visit the planet for three days. It is like a dream come true for her as she has never set foot outside the compound.

Kai is a 16 year old who has spend a majority of his life on the streets filling his stomach dumpster diving. He comes insight of a local gangster T-man who makes him steal a rare Betan ruby in exchange for information regarding Kai's family and past. With no other choice and greedy to know about his past, he takes up the job.

Fate brings both caryn and Kai together when Kai is chosen to be her companion with the betan ruby as the payment. Together they spend a life that neither of them ever imagined they would have. Soon they form a bond and experience life's little pleasures while they accidentally uncover the truth behind the sickness, the cure and The Compound.

What I really liked in this story was the gradual way in which Caryn and Kai's relationship grows- from companions to friends to lovers. There is no love at first sight. No body is swept-off their feet. Its all very realistic that everyone can relate too. The story is told in first person form from Caryn's point of view and third person form from Kai's point of view. It is a unique way of writing and gives the readers an insight into the heart and mind of the protagonists.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kami Bryant on Jan. 08, 2013 :
This book was gifted to me from the author for an honest review. Thank You!

The year is 2734. “When the first Earth colonists landed on Beta Earth they saw a fertile land waiting to be cultivated, but they weren’t the first living creatures here. … For most of the year it was easy to forget these fish were there, but once every eighty years, during the jigger’s mating season, they released a toxic dust into the air that is much stronger than all previous years.” 15 year-old Caryn has been genetically altered to hold her breath longer than humanly possible over 41 minutes and she has scales. The White Lilac will swim and retrieve the Haydon cure. To retrieve the Haydon cure from the anemone where it is found means death. Four years ago Caryn's friend Heather drowned. Caryn is determined to be the one to find the Haydon cure and sacrifice herself. Caryn will be the 16th White Lilac.

The T-Man tells 16-year-old street kid Kai to steal a ruby and in payment he will tell him where Kai's mother is and why she left him. If Kai doesn't deliver the ruby in four days, T-Man will have him killed.

Caryn is allowed to leave the Compound and travel the city for three days. Kai runs into the room where Caryn is by accident and she chooses him for her companion.

This book is really good. I really liked the writing and all the suspense and tension. It confused me at first with the changes in point of view each chapter. When it is Caryn's chapter, the point of view is first person. When it is Kai's chapter, it is third person. But once I got used to that I thought the story was just amazing and exciting.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tami @Into the Night Reviews on Jan. 06, 2013 :
I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. I do not know the author personally.

The White Lilac is a beautifully written story. Set in the future, the book focuses on the life of Caryn, who has been 'created' for a specific purpose. She has spent her entire life training and preparing to fulfil that purpose, knowing that once she completes her final task she will die. Unexpectedly Caryn is given a brief opportunity to experience life outside of the Compound, her only home, and it is during this time that she meets Kai. Presented with new information and experiencing freedom in a way she never has, Caryn must make a decision that has wide reaching consequences, for her, her new found friendship with Kai and the lives of many others.

Christina Adams has created a vivid world in the White Lilac. The characters are well developed, people and places are described in great detail and there is a good 'back story' provided so that you have a clear understanding of the context for the story. There is no steamy relationship between Caryn and Kai, but their bond is clear and, for me, this contributed to the sweetness of the story.

While not the type of book that normally tends to dominate on my 'to be read' shelf, The White Lilac is easy to read and a delightful escape into a future world that I thoroughly enjoyed. If you liked The Hunger Games I think you will enjoy The White Lilac.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Candice Albers on Jan. 05, 2013 :
I was given the opportunity to read this book for free by the author and I am so glad for it. Caryn reminds me a lot of Kisnip from the Hunger Games. Her drive to protect others makes her an instantly loveable character. Even though the reader is told from the beginning that she is going to die, I found myself watching for signs that maybe there was way to save her. As the relationship between Caryn and Kia develops, I began to dread the moment when they would have to say goodbye. When Kia learns of the truth behind the deaths I wanted to scream. Not only because I realized that those in charge at the Compound had murdered so many, but also because they were about to murder Caryn. What really shocked me was learning that it was Anderson and not the doctor who would be killing her. The emptiness Caryns feels when she realizes this is devastating. The amazing thing is how she looks forward to her life at the end. Truly an amazing book. Thank you so much to Christina Adams for giving me the privilege to read this wonderful story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie K on Jan. 05, 2013 :
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review and I must say I really enjoyed this it was very different from things I have read in the past, it was fun and sweet but all the while there was an underlying doom and Caryn faced it with such grace I was very interested after the first few chapters. I liked how everything came together when Caryn and Kia met and they saved each other more than once I was glad to see them both grow and face a future they feared together and save many lives. as a science nerd I was impressed by all the research talk and DNA experiments that really kept my interest and I was pleased with how the author made it all come together.
Thank you very much to the author for allowing me to read this awesome book I would recommend it to anyone looking for something new and fresh.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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