'A New YA Dystopia' ~ Maya Review from Book Blog Picking Books

My debut novel Maya of the In-between was recently reviewed by book blogger Laura Sandonato. Here is a summary of her review and a link to her Blog :)

You can read the full Review Post Here ~ https://pickingbooks.com/blog/a-new-ya-dystopia


"Maya of the Inbetween combines dystopian themes of environmental destruction, government control, and survival.

In Maya of the Inbetween, Bennet adds Tolkien-like world-building to a YA dystopia akin to Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games. Elements of environmentalism and yoga philosophy are woven throughout. The fantasy and science fiction elements add interest and prove that Bennett isn’t too self-serious. Maya is also an unexpected heroine. She’s quiet, introverted, and empathetic. The only traditional heroic quality she embodies is tenacity. Overall, she’s sweet and relatable. 

Maya of the Inbetween is interesting because it takes place in a dystopia, then a utopia, taking Margaret Atwood’s utopia idea to new levels, since both places are also utopias. It also serves its purpose as a warning about the environment and a reminder of how easily a society can slip into tyranny, especially when its citizens are afraid. 

So, how do we heed the warnings of Bennett, Bradbury, Atwood, Orwell, Huxley, and others? By first remembering the words of Carl Sagan. In The Demon Haunted World he writes, “Part of the duty of citizenship is not to be intimidated into conformity.” This is what makes Maya such a great heroine; she never allows herself to be intimidated into conformity, whether she’s in the City or the Santosha Valley. "

~ Laura Sandonato, Picking Books https://pickingbooks.com/blog/a-new-ya-dystopia


"Wow. It's rare that I find a dystopian novel that is equally a utopian one. And this one is the most spiritual one I can remember reading in a while. This is especially poignant now with the situation around the world. I wonder if the author is aware of just how much truth there is in this novel; it relates pretty closely to other life experiences of mine, along with some of my shamanic journeys in this one.

Another good thing of note, is that the love scenes are not overtly sexual, but rather sensual, so they are appropriate for teens. This is unfortunately something that is rare in teen novels.

If you only read one dystopian novel this year - please make it this one! You won't be disappointed."

~ Irkalla Ethrinkah, Goodreads

If you haven't got your copy yet you can find links to both the E-Book and paperback here! Book

With Love,


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