While I enjoy action-packed conspiracy, thriller, and mystery books, the sci-fi genre hasn't captured my attention in the past. If pressed for a reason, I guess I'd say I thought I couldn't identify with the different world--the cultures, language, or anything else the sci-fi writer has to create to make his story engaging. Perhaps it's because I have a hard enough time adjusting to life on this planet without venturing into a new one.
That changed, though, when Destitution by Gavin H. Wells was recommended to me by a friend. I wasn't through the first chapter before I was riveted by the characters and plot. From the very beginning, the storyline emerged as something I hadn't read countless times before, and any fear I had over learning the nuances of a new world were immediately put to rest. Actually, I feel a little silly even admitting that now that I've read a sci-fi book. Of course the author will transition his/her reader into the new world--hopefully, seamlessly. At any rate, that's the way it happened for me. I was drawn to the newness of the world in which Wells' characters reside and found myself drawn into it much the way I would if I were watching a movie.
I learned early on that Wells has written an allegory for the age-old battle between good and evil, but he did so without making it feel reinvented or recycled. An organization known as the Infinites battle for their very existence when plans are put into motion to eliminate the bad things in life (disease, death) by eliminating the Infinites, who hold true to The Story and their notion of Forever. And therein lies the battle.
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On the technologically advanced planet of Toluv-Eion, Thoma Si-Noms has worked much of her life for the visionary Slygur Tin-Ai, planning to help orchestrate a Revolution that she believes will free the human race in a new way, eliminating all pain, disease, and even death. One large organization— called the “Infinites”—stands in the way, though. To thwart their opposition, Thoma has developed a lethal virus that will selectively eradicate every Infinite from the planet. But after surviving a surprise attack on her life, she awakens to the truth about the nature of both her employer and the Infinites she aimed to destroy. Compelled to switch sides, she now must fight her former and powerful allies to save herself—and all humanity—from a horrific future foretold long ago, one of total DESTITUTION.
I couldn't help but notice a direct correlation between the situation on Toluv-Eion and that of Earth. Civilization in Destitution has become so advanced, so focused on the here and now and giving no thought to life beyond the one they were living, that they'd reached the point of destroying large portions of their population to advance their way of thinking, rather than allow a different viewpoint to exist. Is that the path our planet is on? Will we too someday seek to eliminate all opposing views to that of our government or reigning corporations or groups who are currently in power or gaining power or splashed across the media? Are those of us who believe The Story here on Earth going to face the same fate that Slygur Tin-Ai has planned for the Infinites? Just something to think about.
If you have a chance, pick up a copy of Destitution. It's available on Amazon and I think you'll enjoy it immensely. Happily, two more books in the Infinite Series are planned. I look forward to reading both.
Linda Apple is the author of Writing From Your Soul, Writing Life ~ Your Stories Matter, Connect ~ A Simple Guide to Public Speaking for Writers, POW; Promises Kept and Women Of Washington Avenue, her debut novel and the first book in her Moonlight Mississippi series. Her personal experience stories have been published in 16 of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her devotions have been published in numerous devotion magazines and books. She lives in Fayetteville Arkansas with her husband, Neal, their five children, five children-in-love, and ten grandchildren.
Jody Bailey Day writes inspirational fiction from west Texas. Her debut novel, Washout Express, released June 2013 from Harbourlight Books. Her short stories, poems, devotionals, and articles have appeared in Mature Living, Splickety Magazine, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Southern Writers Magazine, and Christiandevotions.us, She is a two time Grand Prize Winner at the East Texas Christian Writers Conference, and a Faithwriters.com Best of the Best award winner. She and her pastor husband have six grown children and nine grandchildren.
Deborah Dee Harper writes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, by way of Michigan, Kentucky, Alaska, Mississippi, and Alaska (again). Deb is a graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild classes and writes Christian humorous and inspirational books for both children and adults. Her children’s adventure series, Laramie on the Lam, available in both e-book and print, is being re-published as six individual print books. Her Road’s End series (Misstep, Faux Pas, and Misjudge) for adults is also contracted and should be published soon. She is currently nearing completion on the first book of another series. She is represented by Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency.
Lisa Lickel is an award-winning multi-published inspirational novelist, blogger, reviewer, and writing mentor. A freelance editor, Lisa loves all things historical. Her work has appeared in Writer's Digest and Christian Fiction Online.
Liberty Speidel has been a voracious reader since reading her first Nancy Drew book. But she was telling stories long before then with her figurines from Disney's Rescue Rangers. When she's not writing, you may find her gardening, baking, crocheting, or hiking. A lifelong Kansan, she now resides in the Kansas City metro area with her husband, children, and chocolate Labrador, where she could rival Captain Jean Luc Picard in consumption of Earl Grey tea. She is the author of Emergence, Retaliation, and Capitulation, novellas and novels in her series featuring superhuman and police detective Darby Shaw.
Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he earned a PhD in English literature (Renaissance) and for eighteen years taught literature at two liberal arts colleges. His poetry has appeared in leading journals and is collected in his book Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond.His fiction includes a light-hearted mystery, Rhapsody in Red, and two suspense novels, Deadly Addictive and The Lazarus File, and a historical romance, Lightning on a Quiet Night. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ groups and conferences. He lives near Houston, TX, where he continues to write fiction and poetry, as well as essays on writing, ethical issues, and U.S. foreign policy.
Editor/Author Linda Yezak lives with her husband in a forest in east Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. She is a speaker/lecturer for various writers' groups and conferences. Her fiction books include Give the Lady a Ride, The Final Ride, and The Cat Lady's Secret. Her nonfiction books include Writing in Obedience, co-written with retired Hartline Literary agent Terry Burns. "Slider," her historical short-story, won Honorable Mention in The Saturday Evening Post's Great American Fiction contest and is published in their 2016 Anthology.
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