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* DrivesLikeCrazy: While the exact results aren't described, Loup's enhanced reflexes make her learning to drive a white-knuckled experience for her teacher.


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A sequel, ''Saints Astray'' was released in fall 2011.

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A The first book, ''Santa Olivia'' was released in 2009, and the sequel, ''Saints Astray'' was released in fall 2011.
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''Santa Olivia'' is a novel written by Jacqueline Carey, whom you may recognize from ''Literature/KushielsLegacy''. Much lighter fare than those books, Carey once described ''Santa Olivia'' as a "post-punk desert urban fantasy about girl’s love and boxing."

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''Santa Olivia'' is a novel written by Jacqueline Carey, Creator/JacquelineCarey, whom you may recognize from ''Literature/KushielsLegacy''. Much lighter fare than those books, Carey once described ''Santa Olivia'' as a "post-punk desert urban fantasy about girl’s love and boxing."



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* MissingMom: Loup's mother dies while she's a child.

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* MissingMom: Loup's mother dies while she's a child.in her childhood.


* DisappearedDad: Tommy's father was killed by one of the bombs supposedly set by El Segundo while he was a baby. Loup's father had to flee and hide out in Mexico prior to her birth, being a GMO, and died due to their shorter lifespan, thus she didn't meet him.



* MissingMom: Loup's mother dies while she's a child.



* ThePlague: Basis for the setting. It's vaguely described as a very strong flu. Not 100% lethal or contagious, but enough people die that society starts to break down, especially in an out of the way town like Santa Olivia. It never reaches AfterTheEnd levels though, and by the time the wider world is seen, it has largely recovered. It's damage is seen in more abandoned buildings, a few ghost towns, and some countries being extra careful about visitors.

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* ThePlague: Basis The basis for the setting. It's vaguely described as a very strong flu. Not 100% lethal or contagious, but enough people die that society starts to break down, especially in an out of the way town like Santa Olivia. It never reaches AfterTheEnd levels though, and by the time the wider world is seen, it has largely recovered. It's damage is seen in more abandoned buildings, a few ghost towns, and some countries being extra careful about visitors.



* RapeAsDrama: Katya's rape - and the military's lack of action about it - pushes the Santitos into action, starting Loup's Santa Olivia appearances so they can get justice on the rapist, and then later the soldiers who lied to cover him.

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* RapeAsDrama: Katya's rape - and the military's lack of action about it - pushes the Santitos into action, starting Loup's Santa Olivia appearances so they can get justice on the rapist, and then later the soldiers who lied to cover for him.



* WeAreAsMayflies: {{Inverted}}. [=GMOs=] have decades less to live than typical humans, a byproduct of the overclocked metabolism. Loup's father Martin dies in Mexico long before she reaches maturity. Martin was an original GMO however, and as the military expanded the program, they found biofeedback and meditation techniques to slow down the body and extend the shorter life. Loup picks up and starts using them in ''Saints Astray''.

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* WeAreAsMayflies: {{Inverted}}. [=GMOs=] have decades less to live than typical humans, a byproduct of the their overclocked metabolism. Loup's father Martin dies in Mexico long before she reaches maturity. Martin was an original GMO however, and as the military expanded the program, they found biofeedback and meditation techniques to slow down the body and extend the shorter life. Loup picks up and starts using them in ''Saints Astray''.


* FearlessFool: {{Deconstructed}}. One of the things that’s different about Loup is that she’s completely unable to feel fear. Because of this, she has difficulty understanding which things might not be a good idea to do. She likens this to be a particular kind of stupid.

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* FearlessFool: {{Deconstructed}}. One of the things that’s different about Loup is that she’s completely unable to feel fear. Because of this, she has difficulty understanding which things might not be a good idea to do. She likens this to be being a particular kind of stupid.


* ButICantBePregnant: {{Inverted}}. Carmen realizes she’s pregnant, while Martin is in denial because he was told as a child that he was completely sterile.

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* ButICantBePregnant: {{Inverted}}. Carmen realizes she’s pregnant, while Martin is in denial because he was told as a child that he was completely sterile.


* AngstWhatAngst: Since Loup [[FearlessFool cannot feel fear]], she also doesn't get a lot of the negative emotions and reactions most people have that are based on fear. Best example is Tommy - she admits envy that he can use his boxing skills and she has to keep a low profile, but has zero anger over it (it's not his fault) and acts baffled at the idea that more malicious jealousy might be normal. Embarrassment - or fear of judgment - is likewise alien to her. It's possibly the only upside given to her fearlessness. [[spoiler: This does have limits; losing Tommy nearly breaks her, and it is used against her in the sequel, as many assume she simply doesn't have any emotions.]]



* UncannyValley: Loup falls into this occasionally. Her inability to feel fear means that her reactions and emotional responses are a little off, until people get to know her. Also, many people react oddly or flinch when touching her and other [=GMOs=]. They're just described as "tense" or "intense" - it's not clear if there's some difference in the skin, the feel of the denser muscles, or both.

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* InhumanableAlienRights: [=GMOs=] are denied all rights by the ironically named Human Rights Amendment. However it is later challenged and repealed.


* HiddenDepths: Pilar in ''Saints Astray''. Although Pilar always had wits, she went through life in Santa Olivia relying on her looks and sex appeal to get by. Going through bodyguard training with Loup reveals she has a natural talent for firearms, and once given internet access she's a speed demon at research and organization, making her a killer assistant too. She still needs to go through a grueling physical training regimen, and pass a timed run and obstacle course to be accepted and use these talents, however. Wanting to be at Loup's side, sheer willpower gets her through it, although she admits later she'd prefer not to have to be that strong, and have an easier lifestyle.



* UncannyValley: Loup falls into this occasionally. Her inability to feel fear means that her reactions and emotionally responses are a little off compared to most people. Also most people react oddly to touching her, implying that there's some difference above and beyond just denser muscles.

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* UncannyValley: Loup falls into this occasionally. Her inability to feel fear means that her reactions and emotionally emotional responses are a little off compared off, until people get to most people. Also most know her. Also, many people react oddly to or flinch when touching her, implying that her and other [=GMOs=]. They're just described as "tense" or "intense" - it's not clear if there's some difference above and beyond just in the skin, the feel of the denser muscles.muscles, or both.


* BiTheWay: It’s a Jacqueline Carey novel, natch.

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* BiTheWay: It’s a Jacqueline Carey novel, natch.Loup and Pilar fall for each other. Hard.



* YuriGenre: Loup and Pilar fall for each other. Hard.


The story begins in Santa Olivia, a small town on the border of Texas and Mexico, sometime in the not-too-distant future. An epidemic hits the world, and Mexico worse than most. A general, Santa Anna, called ''El Segundo'' by most, starts causing ruckus in order to get aide from the United States. Things get out of hand, some explosions are had, and when the dust has cleared, a barrier zone is created to keep Mexico out. Santa Olivia, along with a couple other towns here and there, happens to fall in the barrier zone, and so the inhabitants are given a choice. They can either stay, and forfeit their citizenship, or figure out some way to move themselves into the States. Most, being too poor to move, or too rooted in the town, decide to stay. An outpost is built next to the town, and in exchange for supplies and necessities, the town folk provide menial labor, restaurants, bars, and human interaction for the soldiers. One of these particular interactions is boxing. See, the local general doesn’t like many things, but he happens to absolutely ''love'' boxing, and brings in various champions for the townsfolk to compete against. He even made a standing offer: any townsfolk who actually won a match would be granted passage out of the outpost and into the States, along with one other person of their choosing.

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The story begins in Santa Olivia, a small town on the border of Texas and Mexico, sometime in the not-too-distant future. An epidemic hits the world, and Mexico worse than most. A general, Santa Anna, called ''El Segundo'' by most, starts causing ruckus in order to get aide aid from the United States. Things get out of hand, some explosions are had, and when the dust has cleared, a barrier zone is created to keep Mexico out. Santa Olivia, along with a couple other towns here and there, happens to fall in the barrier zone, and so the inhabitants are given a choice. They can either stay, and forfeit their citizenship, or figure out some way to move themselves into the States. Most, being too poor to move, or too rooted in the town, decide to stay. An outpost is built next to the town, and in exchange for supplies and necessities, the town folk provide menial labor, restaurants, bars, and human interaction for the soldiers. One of these particular interactions is boxing. See, the local general doesn’t like many things, but he happens to absolutely ''love'' boxing, and brings in various champions for the townsfolk to compete against. He even made a standing offer: any townsfolk who actually won a match would be granted passage out of the outpost and into the States, along with one other person of their choosing.



** Though one could argue that this might be different hadn't they had the virus to deal with at the same time.
* AngstWhatAngst: Since Loup [[FearlessFool cannot feel fear]], she also doesn't get a lot of the negative emotions and reactions most people have that are based on fear. Best example is Tommy - she admits envy that he can use his boxing skills and she has to keep a low profile, but has zero anger over it (it's not his fault) and acts baffled at the idea that more malicious jealousy might be normal. Embarrassment - or fear of judgment - is likewise alien to her. It's possibly the only upside given to her fearlessness. [[spoiler: This does have limits, losing Tommy nearly breaks her, and it is used against her in the sequel, as many assume she simply doesn't have any emotions.]]
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: {{Zigzagged}}. Loup needs to keep her existence secret because, it's explicitly stated, she's not technically a human being, and so doesn't have any rights under the constitution. This would be completely incorrect [[note]] The United States Constitution grants rights to ''people'', not humans. It's actually part of the basis for the ongoing debate on abortion. [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle The More You Know...]][[/note]] in the modern-day States, but it's later revealed that an amendment was passed to specifically change that. [[spoiler: Which is later challenged and overturned by Congress.]]

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** Though one could argue that this might be different if they hadn't they had the virus to deal with at the same time.
* AngstWhatAngst: Since Loup [[FearlessFool cannot feel fear]], she also doesn't get a lot of the negative emotions and reactions most people have that are based on fear. Best example is Tommy - she admits envy that he can use his boxing skills and she has to keep a low profile, but has zero anger over it (it's not his fault) and acts baffled at the idea that more malicious jealousy might be normal. Embarrassment - or fear of judgment - is likewise alien to her. It's possibly the only upside given to her fearlessness. [[spoiler: This does have limits, limits; losing Tommy nearly breaks her, and it is used against her in the sequel, as many assume she simply doesn't have any emotions.]]
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: {{Zigzagged}}. Loup needs to keep her existence secret because, it's explicitly stated, she's not technically a human being, and so doesn't have any rights under the constitution. This would be completely incorrect [[note]] The United States Constitution grants rights to ''people'', not humans. It's actually part of the basis for the ongoing debate on abortion. [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle The More You Know...]][[/note]] in the modern-day States, but it's later revealed that an amendment was passed to specifically change that. [[spoiler: Which is later challenged and overturned by Congress.
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* CaughtInTheRain: Pilar and Loup are walking home from the gym together, arguing over their {{UST}} in the rain. Pilar after [[InconvenientAttraction some painful confession]] finally just goes with it. They find a convenient abandoned office to resolve things in.
* TheClan: Shown in ''Saints Astray'', the original escaped [=GMOs=] settled in a beach/fishing town in Mexico, considered each other family, and some had children like Martin had Loup. Christophe uses the name The Kin for all [=GMOs=], but as far as he's aware, their bunch are the only natural born ones. Between numerous "cousins" exactly like she is (even if they're all boys) and plenty of "aunts" that don't flinch to touch her, it's the closest to normal Loup ever gets.

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* CaughtInTheRain: Pilar and Loup are walking home from the gym together, arguing over their {{UST}} in the rain. Pilar Pilar, after [[InconvenientAttraction some painful confession]] confession]], finally just goes with it. They find a convenient abandoned office to resolve things in.
* TheClan: Shown in ''Saints Astray'', the original escaped [=GMOs=] settled in a beach/fishing town in Mexico, considered each other family, and some had children like Martin had Loup. Christophe uses the name The Kin for all [=GMOs=], but as far as he's aware, their bunch are the only natural born natural-born ones. Between numerous "cousins" exactly like she is (even if they're all boys) and plenty of "aunts" that don't flinch to touch her, it's the closest to normal Loup ever gets.



* HollywoodLaw: {{Zigzagged}}. Loup needs to keep her existence secret because, it's explicitly stated, she's not technically a human being, and so doesn't have any rights under the constitution. This would be completely incorrect[[note]] The United States Constitution grants rights to ''people'', not humans. It's actually part of the basis for the ongoing debate on abortion. [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle The More You Know...]][[/note]] in the modern-day States, but it's later revealed that an amendment was passed to specifically change that. [[spoiler: Which is later challenged and overturned by Congress.]]



* ThereAreNoCoincidences: Right after Martin leaves, Carmen vents on a gloating Danny Garza about how El Segundo may not be real. Now, the missile bombardment just a few days later might be coincidence, but when the only major structure to be demolished by it with major casualties was her cousin Inez' apartment building that they used to share, she decides to keep her mouth shut from then on. Most of the town catches on too, as the military tries to enforce a curfew, but [[SpottingTheThread so quickly after the missles stop that there's no way they should have known the attack was over.]] The town hadn't even started digging bodies out yet.

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* ThereAreNoCoincidences: Right after Martin leaves, Carmen vents on a gloating Danny Garza about how El Segundo may not be real. Now, the missile bombardment just a few days later might be coincidence, but when the only major structure to be demolished by it with major casualties was her cousin Inez' apartment building that they used to share, she decides to keep her mouth shut from then on. Most of the town catches on too, as the military tries to enforce a curfew, but [[SpottingTheThread so quickly after the missles missiles stop that there's no way they should have known the attack was over.]] The town hadn't even started digging bodies out yet.



* WeAreAsMayflies: Inverted. [=GMOs=] have decades less to live than typical humans, a byproduct of the overclocked metabolism. Loup's father Martin dies in Mexico long before she reaches maturity. Martin was an original GMO however, and as the military expanded the program, they found biofeedback and meditation techniques to slow down the body and extend the shorter life. Loup picks up and starts using them in ''Saints Astray''.

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* WeAreAsMayflies: Inverted.{{Inverted}}. [=GMOs=] have decades less to live than typical humans, a byproduct of the overclocked metabolism. Loup's father Martin dies in Mexico long before she reaches maturity. Martin was an original GMO however, and as the military expanded the program, they found biofeedback and meditation techniques to slow down the body and extend the shorter life. Loup picks up and starts using them in ''Saints Astray''.


* AngstWhatAngst: Since Loup [[FearlessFool cannot feel fear]], she also doesn't get a lot of the negative emotions and reactions most people have that are based on fear. Best example is Tommy - she admits envy that he can use his boxing skills and she has to keep a low profile, but has zero anger over it (it's not his fault) and acts baffled at the idea that more malicious jealousy might be normal. Embarrassment - or fear of judgment - is likewise alien to her. It's possibly the only upside given to her fearlessness. [[spoiler: This does have limits, losing Tommy nearly breaks her.]]

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* AngstWhatAngst: Since Loup [[FearlessFool cannot feel fear]], she also doesn't get a lot of the negative emotions and reactions most people have that are based on fear. Best example is Tommy - she admits envy that he can use his boxing skills and she has to keep a low profile, but has zero anger over it (it's not his fault) and acts baffled at the idea that more malicious jealousy might be normal. Embarrassment - or fear of judgment - is likewise alien to her. It's possibly the only upside given to her fearlessness. [[spoiler: This does have limits, losing Tommy nearly breaks her.her, and it is used against her in the sequel, as many assume she simply doesn't have any emotions.]]



* TheAtoner: Ron Johnson. [[spoiler: Actually John Johnson. He really didn't intend for Tommy to die from their match, and springs Loup and helps both Loup and Pilar get past the border wall, knowing he will likely be captured.]]

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* TheAtoner: Ron Johnson. [[spoiler: Actually John Johnson. He really didn't intend for Tommy to die from their match, and springs Loup and helps both Loup and Pilar get past the border wall, knowing he will likely be captured. He's not, but in the sequel, he willingly testifies and goes to prison for helping her escape once Loup's case becomes central to freeing both the Outposts and [=GMOs.=] ]]



* HopeBringer: Loup does this two ways. First directly, playing the role of Santa Olivia to inspire the town. The bigger impact is a side effect of what she is - as people get to know her, they start seeing what they could be by facing their fears. Father Ramon calls her neither a leader nor a follower but a catalyst. [[spoiler: Miguel gets hit with this harder than anyone, and in ''Saints Astray'' ends up lampshading the whole thing while mocking the idea that she's more violent than he (a normal person) is, as the military is trying to spin to keep her locked up.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: [[spoiler: Not Loup as you'd expect, but Miguel Garza of all people. After getting his ticket north, in ''Saints Astray'' he puts his life on the line to testify about the Outposts and the civilians still stuck in the barrier zone. Of course, he then gets stir-crazy in protective custody, slips his guards and goes to Vegas to live it up, and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero promptly gets collected by a shady casino looking for a ransom]], forcing Loup and Pilar to get involved again.]]



* TheMutiny: [[spoiler: In ''Saints Astray'', the military stalls the inquiry into the barrier zone by lying that there are no towns left and classifying everything. Pilar and Miguel take the stand to reveal the truth. With that opening, ''thousands'' of soldiers break ranks to submit that they served in an Outpost town, and that civilians remain in the military zone. They are led by every GMO soldier the army has, over a hundred. The momentum to free the Outposts turns directly into momentum to free Loup.]]



* ThePlague: Basis for the setting. It's vaguely described as a very strong flu. Not 100% lethal or contagious, but enough people die that society starts to break down, especially in an out of the way town like Santa Olivia.

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* ThePlague: Basis for the setting. It's vaguely described as a very strong flu. Not 100% lethal or contagious, but enough people die that society starts to break down, especially in an out of the way town like Santa Olivia. It never reaches AfterTheEnd levels though, and by the time the wider world is seen, it has largely recovered. It's damage is seen in more abandoned buildings, a few ghost towns, and some countries being extra careful about visitors.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Magnus Lindberg from Global Security in ''Saints Astray''. He's not above leaning on Loup to get her to sign on, but otherwise sets up a deal that benefits everyone, and agrees to Pilar as well provided she can train up, which lets her find her HiddenDepths. He's shrewd, but open and fair. He even recognizes when the duo is getting involved in events back home again, and agrees to part amicably, although the rock band paying Loup's way probably helped that.



* {{Sidekick}}: All the church orphans, to Loup, during her stint as Santa Olivia.

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* {{Sidekick}}: All the church orphans, to Loup, during her stint as Santa Olivia. Pilar to Loup in the sequel.


* TheAtoner: Ron Johnson. [[spoiler: He really didn't intend for Tommy to die from their match, and assists Loup's escape knowing he will likely be captured.]]

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* TheAtoner: Ron Johnson. [[spoiler: Actually John Johnson. He really didn't intend for Tommy to die from their match, and assists Loup's escape springs Loup and helps both Loup and Pilar get past the border wall, knowing he will likely be captured.]]



* TheCasanova: Christophe, Loup's cousin (vaguely) and guide in Mexico during ''Saints Astray''. He is a shameless flirt, and cheerfully admits to playing the field, even though [[UncannyValley the field is limited.]]



* TheClan: Shown in ''Saints Astray'', the original escaped [=GMOs=] settled in a beach/fishing town in Mexico, considered each other family, and some had children like Martin had Loup. Christophe uses the name The Kin for all [=GMOs=], but as far as he's aware, their bunch are the only natural born ones. Between numerous "cousins" exactly like she is (even if they're all boys) and plenty of "aunts" that don't flinch to touch her, it's the closest to normal Loup ever gets.



* PunchClockVillain: Most of the soldiers aren't terribly bad people, just bored and willfully ignoring some of the more horrible things going on around them.

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* PunchClockVillain: Most of the soldiers aren't terribly bad people, just bored and willfully ignoring some of the more horrible things going on around them. [[spoiler: Floyd even thinks the General is one, or is at least highly conflicted, but he may be biased.]]


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* WeAreAsMayflies: Inverted. [=GMOs=] have decades less to live than typical humans, a byproduct of the overclocked metabolism. Loup's father Martin dies in Mexico long before she reaches maturity. Martin was an original GMO however, and as the military expanded the program, they found biofeedback and meditation techniques to slow down the body and extend the shorter life. Loup picks up and starts using them in ''Saints Astray''.

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