Title: The Orphan of Torundi
Author: J.L. McCreedy
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
Number of Pages: 302
Synopsis: To find the truth, she must first uncover the lie ….
Orphaned as an infant, Sam is raised by a pharmaceutical research mission in the rain forests of Torundi. She wields a mean machete, makes soap from candlenuts and is a fairly astute amateur entomologist. You know, the normal stuff. But a month before her seventeenth birthday, she is exiled to an American boarding school in Malaysia.
Armed with little more than her unusual upbringing and church-lady clothes, Sam must contend with her new existence as the world's most socially unprepared high school senior. Well that’s just fine. Because she is determined to solve the mystery behind her banishment and return home tout de suite.
But when she discovers the unthinkable – that her banishment is tied to an enigmatic corporation with illicit designs on Torundi – she realizes the real mystery she must uncover is ... why? Soon, Sam is caught in a whirlwind of intrigue, danger and greed. As she chases this thread of truth to its end, she unravels a plot that threatens her beloved Torundi, her trust in the boy she has grown to love and her own existence.
Blending espionage elements akin to The Bourne Identity with those high-school-awkward-moments (hey, it could happen), THE ORPHAN OF TORUNDI is a quirky, cross-cultural tale of adventure, suspense and romance.
Dramatic adventure riddled with mysterious strangers, romantic escapades, and unexpected twists make The Orphan of Torundi an absorbing tale that's difficult to put down.
Sam has spent her entire life in a mission on the secluded island of Torundi. She was raised by a doctor and nurse who run the mission. By all accounts her life has been average, minus the amenities most teens are accustomed to. But the night she encounters a strange foreigner lurking in the jungle he life changes forever. She is whisked away to a boarding school far from the land and people she loves. Confused and alone Sam is determined to get to the bottom of her banishment, but is she prepared for the truth?
Oh my goodness, I loved this story! It has everything that makes a book an all around great read. The characters are interesting and well developed, the plot is intriguing, and the author's detail vividly creates the world in which Sam longs to protect. I enjoyed Sam's budding romance with an unlikely character and was heart broken when a sensational turn of events left Sam alone yet again. One of the aspects I liked most is the element of surprise and the author effectively uses it to create "aha" moments on more than one occasion. Spies and conspiracy add to the gripping plot. I found myself eager to know how the story would end, but once it was over I longed for it to continue. I am hoping for a sequel!
I highly recommend picking up a copy of The Orphan of Torundi. Available on Amazon.