Helper12 is an engaging dystopia with some traces of the great classic Jane Eyre. The novel moves quickly, beginning with Benna's satisfactory, but less than stimulating life and her secret yearning to be able to draw and openly show affection for her charges. Benna is frightened when she is illegally purchased with Jobee, but she is a headstrong character who gets her job done and gives Jobee the best care she can, despite the odds stacked against her. Her first encounters with Thomas are less than pleasant, but despite the caustic words exchanged between the two and their immense differences, they slowly become friends, and then something more. This book is light on the conflict, but the main themes—learning to accept love, forming a family based on respect and love, courage in the face of injustice, and accepting differences in others—are very strong and prevalent in the book. There is a nice balance between present-day action and Benna's memories from the past, making Blaine's world convincing and a bit frightening. Benna’s voice will hook the reader in from the very beginning in this engrossing, readable story.
Cover Comments: I don't think this cover is anything spectacular, but I really like the clasped hands and how Benna's botched tattoo is visible--it definitely adds a personal element to the cover.
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