by Kathy Bell
Genre: Technothriller, Science Fiction
The Earth is in danger from alien species, and the only one standing in their way is Dawn Ingram. Oh and her two hundred and twelve kids and grandkids. Strange things are afoot between Dawn and her progeny as they work with the Three Eleven team and Storyteller Stew Singleton to prepare for 11/11/11 and the war with the Efigee. Can they defeat these heartless creatures and save the planet or will they be harvested to build their ships?
This book really shows how much Kathy Bell has learned about writing. The complexity of the book is unmarred by rambling or confusing descriptions. Kathy tells us just what we need to know with flair. The character of Dawn has matured into something other than human, but still relatable. She and her descendants share that touch of creepy that fascinated me. I loved the twists and turns as they scrambled to discover what was happening and how to set it right. The science was a blast and Dawn’s struggle with her maternal instincts, her desire to save humanity, and the enormity of what she has to do is compelling. I even liked the corny use of some of the more hokey science fiction traditions. They fit and added irony rather than corniness to groan about. Kathy’s ability to depict the individual feelings of the many contributors to the Pluman collective as well as their shared experiences was excellent, and the effect was really cool.
Kathy’s Acknowledgements said that it took her three years, and those were three years well-spent. Even if the first book makes you want to give Adya Jordan a wedgie, like it did me, I’d encourage you to push on because the second book was way better, and this one was a delight to read.
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