Facsimile by Vicki L. Weavil
"Not only did I love Facsimile for its unbelievably creative settings and plot lines, but I also became strongly attached to all of the characters. Weavil truly built a new universe full of love, conflict and deep personal connectivity. After turning the last page of the novel (metaphorically since I read it as an e-book) I felt a sort of sadness—the kind of sadness you get when you have to leave your high school friends behind before going to college. I only hope that Weavil will write a sequel soon since I can't wait to be reunited with Ann, Dace, and the rest of the Facsimile family. Facsimile is truly a book for dreamers. It is a book for people who are ready to look beyond the confines of earth and towards bigger and better things. Happy reading!"
—TeenReads.com, reviewed by Aliza M., Teen Board Member
"Which leads me on to one of two big wins for this book: positive feminist messages. Unlike in other books, where seventeen-year-olds are looking for their happily ever afters and soulmates, Facsimile showed teenagers as teenagers. Ann and Emie (her bestie) did not slut-shame each other or force each other to choose a guy. They had each other’s backs and wanted the best for each other. Plus, they stood up for and loved themselves! WOO! And let’s not forget that Emie is apprenticing to be the local IT girl. High five to all my techie ladies!!!
"The other win is Diversity! Ann’s paternal grandparents were originally from South America, and she speaks Spanish with them and her father. Raid was of Mongolian descent, while Dace was born in Mumbai to an Indian mother and an absent Caucasian father....
"Overall, Facsimile was an engaging YA sci-fi with a hint of realistic romance, and I recommend it to anyone looking for diverse characters and positive messages about women and sexuality."
—Dani Reviews Things blog
"Now how should I put my feelings about this book into an informative and honest review? Well, for starters this book was freaking phenomenal! I could not put this book down for the life of me. AND! I could not stop swooning at this gorgeous book cover!
"This book encompassed everything my Bookish Self needed. It had the perfect amount of Science Fiction, Otherworldly, Space Adventure, kickass fun perfectly woven throughout it. And let's just say that the Main Character was on point! Ann was totally someone who was just the right amount of relatable and badass to make me root for her the whole book.
"The descriptiveness of the author (Vicki L Weavil) was wonderful and kept me whole-heartedly engaged into the story. The writing flowed very smoothly and was very easy to read and in so very quick to enjoy. I just wanted to jump into this book and live in it!
"When's book two coming out?! I need it now please!"
—Robin the MockingjayLives! blog
For a ticket to Earth, seventeen-year-old Anna-Maria “Ann” Solano is ready to jettison her birth planet, best friend, and the boy who loves her. Her mission is easy: escort Dace Keeling, a young naturalist, through the wilderness of the partially terraformed planet Eco. Ann's determination to escape the limitations of her small, frontier colony never falters, until Dace’s expeditions uncover three secrets. One offers riches, one shatters Ann’s perceptions of herself, and one reveals that the humans stranded on Eco are not its only inhabitants. This is the story of a girl who must choose between fulfilling the dream that has always sustained her or saving the planet she’s never considered home.
Vicki L. Weavil is an author of YA and adult Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Vicki's debut novel, Crown of Ice—a YA retelling of H. C. Andersen's "The Snow Queen"—was published by Month9Books in 2014. It is Book One in the Snow Queen Saga. Book Two, Scepter of Fire—a mashup retelling of "The Ugly Duckling" and "the Steadfast Tin Soldier"—will be published in Fall, 2016. Book Three, Orb of Light—a retelling of "The Little Match Girl"—will be released in 2017.
Vicki's YA Sci-Fi, Fascimile, was published by Month9Books in March 2016. Its sequel, Derivation, will release in 2017.
Vicki is a member of SCBWI. She is represented by Frances Black at Literary Counsel, NY, NY. She lives in Winston-Salem and is the Director of Library Services for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.