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Blue Light Hardcover – November 2, 1998
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The human race has just begun. In the Bay Area in the mid-1960s, several people are struck by a cosmic blue light that "quickens" their DNA, causing them instantaneously to evolve far beyond the present state of the human race. They become the full actualization of humankind, with strengths, understandings & communication abilities that exceed our imagining. Blue Light is the story of this quickening, & the conflict between these precursors of a new race of humans & the old breed they seem destined to supplant. Unfolding from the point of view of Chance, a half-black, half-white lost soul who becomes a follower of the "blues," the novel traces battles among those struck by the light (including one who becomes the living embodiment of Death) & their quest to bring their message of evolution & higher purpose to the rest of the world. Blue Light explores some of the questions about race, identity, & humanity that are the hallmark of the author's other best-selling fiction, but his mind-stretching new approach will take his readers to a fascinating place they've never traveled.
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When I started this book I almost put it down, then decided to give it my full attention. It takes some work to read this and try to understand where it's going, it's real science fantasy, but with Mosley-like urban characters, a pretty cool mix. Clearly, not all Mosley fans are fans of this book. This would have been a very risky first book for an author, but when you've paid your dues you can put out some questionable material that might disappointment your mainstream readership. I don't love this book, but I respect the effort and look forward to reading the rest of Mosley's miscellaneous collection.
The concept is that a group on Northern Californians have their lives changed when an extra-terrestrial blue light touches them. Even people that have not had been touched by the blue light are also changed. The narrarator is not touched by the light, but is transformed through a blood transfusion.
Mosley spends a great deal of time building his characters and the story line. His antagonist is also changed by the blue light, but not in a good way. He spends his time killing the transformed blues. Mosley mentions him, but does not flesh him out where he probally should have. Mosley writes a good and evil story, except that he does not do enough with the evil. His story builds to a climax that is very anticlimatic. What I found very frustrating was that his book ended very abruptly where he could have added 50 pages to flesh out the ending and bring in a more satisfying finish.
The book is an easy read that is a fast page turner. It will be interesting to see if he stays with the science fiction or goes back to his mysteries.