by Jacqueline Carey
Loup Garron is the product of an affair between a genetically modified soldier and a local in the town of Santa Olivia, an unofficial town in the DMZ between Texas and Mexico. Orphaned at an early age, she spends time with her brother, who is training for a boxing match with one of the soldiers (the prize: 2 tickets out of Santa Olivia) and lives with a group of orphans called the Santitos by the town. When Loup and the orphans see the injustices committed by the soldiers on their fellow residents, they vow to take revenge, and do so in creative ways liked back to the town's patron saint. Loup must make hard choices and stand up for herself, and this chronicle of her coming of age is full of memorable characters in a well-drawn setting, neither of which you will soon forget.