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Chimera (Universe Eventual) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 25, 2015

4.6 out of 5 stars 287 ratings
Book 1 of 3: Universe Eventual

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2015 Reader's Choice Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction.

"...the writing is vibrant and direct with young characters who show the same bravery, impatience and enthusiasm as their real-world counterparts ... a trait shared with some of the best work of Asimov and Anne McCaffrey."
--Brendan Foley, author of Under the Wire


"An epic tale of rebellion, prophecy, and perseverance. With touches of Ender's Game, and echoes of Asimov and Heinlein, this visionary story is a tense, exhilarating ride."
--Richard Thomas, author of Disintegration

From the Author

Chimera is a serious science fiction novel that just happens to features adolescent characters. It is YA in the same sense that Starship Troopers and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress are considered juveniles; all feature young protagonists. The story, however, is serious--one that virtually every adult reader who's read the book has enjoyed.

This is not a fluffy work of YA dystopia but a genuine science fiction novel. It contains dystopian elements, but while the government of Stephen's Point might be a bit draconian, they're far from malevolent and do have the colonists' best interests in mind.

Chimera is the first in a series of novels. Book II: Helios, will be released in October 2015, with Book III: Ceres, due early spring 2016.

A brief preview of Chimera:

Selena climbed from her bunk in the tiny berth she shared with her father. Her bare feet connected with the floor--so cold it felt hot against the soles of her feet. The whole room was icy. Its dimensions shifted, ebbing and flowing, the walls made of some impermanent material.

"Dad?"

Crunching over grit coating the floor, she reached the doorway that led to the cubbyhole bedroom that held her father's bunk and a dresser. Should she knock? Selena placed her ear against the door, listening. Her father didn't like it when she knocked, not after a night out. But something was wrong--with her, or with the berth. She needed his help.

"Dad!" she called, louder this time. Her voice sounded strange--thin and scratchy. Why did her head hurt so? Did she have a migraine? The room flickered and wavered, worse than before. Static frizzed away behind the door. No, not static. Rushing water, like the shower she and Liam rented once or twice a month at Johnson's Handy Grab. Their berth lavatory used chemicals.

"Is that a vid?" she asked, knowing it couldn't be. The sound intensified.

"I'm coming in," Selena said, pulling the latch. Her arm felt as inflexible as a piece of steel rebar. The pain between her temples soared. What was wrong with her? What was wrong with everything?

Through the open doorway, she saw nothing but the shadowed shape of the bed. She stepped inside. A flow of ice water rushed around her ankles. The surging current sucked her feet out from under her and sent her toppling backward. Water drenched her clothing, burning her skin. It pulled her down, submerging her, stealing her breath. Terrible cold enveloped her.

Selena kicked, trying to reach the surface of the flow--a glassy tapestry of dark and light shapes that must be chunks of ice. They looked familiar. They looked like fragments, a sea of moving shapes ....

The rim! She watched in amazement as breath left her lips and turned to steam. I'm not drowning. I'm in the trawler!

Her eyes opened.

For a moment, she felt the relief of waking from a nightmare. The interface glowed in front of her, but her arm wouldn't obey, refusing to reach out and connect. Something sticky coated her face. Groggy and terrified, Selena turned her head to the side, allowing a narrow view of the back of the cabin. One of her father's black boots lay beyond a chunk of twisted metal, toe aimed up, silver buckle dark gray in the dim light. The foot inside the boot twitched. Horror swallowed her.

She dug at her harness, but it wouldn't loosen. "Dad, wake up!" Selena fought the straps, ignoring the pain in her lungs. "You have to wake up! I'm stuck. I can't get loose. You've got to do something!"

The hiss of venting atmosphere filled the cabin. She couldn't get free from the straps, her father motionless behind her. He might be unconscious. He might be dead. A horrible, dark thought entered her mind: she should have let them explode against the surface of the shard. At least then their deaths would have come quickly and without pain.

The interface pulsed, fading in and out, running on reserve power. Her spider remained connected to the trawler, but Selena had no access to external sensors. The core must have gotten damaged; it whumped away in the aft of the ship, struggling to maintain load. The very heart of The Bee, desperately working to convert the water in the steam jet lines to oxygen. Doing what her design demanded, sacrificing her core to save her crew.

The Bee hadn't given up fighting. Neither would Selena.

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  • Lexile Measure : HL720L
  • Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
  • Paperback : 276 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1943671001
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1943671007
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.63 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : UE Origins (April 25, 2015)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 287 ratings

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