The Creative Fire by Brenda Cooper
(Book One of Ruby's Song)

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Nothing can match the power of a single voice...

Ruby Martin expects to spend her days repairing robots while avoiding the dangerous peacekeeping forces that roam the corridors of the generation ship The Creative Fire. The social structure of the ship is rigidly divided, with Ruby and her friends on the bottom. Then a ship-wide accident gives Ruby a chance to fight for the freedom she craves. Her enemies are numerous, well armed, and knowledgeable. Her weapons are a fabulous voice, a quick mind, and a deep stubbornness. Complicating it all--an unreliable A.I. and an enigmatic man she met - and kissed - exactly once--who may hold the key to her success. If Ruby can't transform from a rebellious teen to the leader of a revolution, she and all her friends will lose all say in their future.

Like the historical Evita Perón, Ruby rises from the dregs of society to hold incredible popularity and power. Her story is about love and lust and need and a thirst for knowledge and influence so deep that it burns.

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About Brenda Cooper

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Brenda Cooper is the author of a three book series starting with The Silver Ship and the Sea which, though not intended as a Young Adult novel, Library Journal selected as one of the years 100 Best Books for YA. The other books in the series are Reading the Wind and Wings of Creation. She is the author of Mayan December and has collaborated with Larry Niven (Building Harlequins Moon.) Visit her online at,, and on Twitter @brendacooper.
Published November 13, 2012 by Pyr. 351 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ruby has a quick mind, a fabulous voice, and the guts to take on the system, but Cooper rarely shows her using her talents, focusing on the efforts of older male collaborators until Ruby once again looks like a pawn.

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City Book Review

On the spaceship Captive Fire, people are heading back home after a long scientific exploration started four hundred ship years ago.

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Fantasy Literature

The Creative Fire is the first book in Brenda Cooper’s series RUBY’S SONG, a sociological YA science fiction story set on the generation ship The Creative Fire.

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SF Signal

It is a disappointment in such a character-focused novel, but as compared to the rest of the strengths of the novel, isn’t as damaging as one might fear.

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