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Donavan: From Michael Bunker's World of "PENNSYLVANIA" by [Cassidy, D.K.]
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  • File Size: 840 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pluvio Press (September 29, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NGANDX2
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D.K. Cassidy’s ‘Donavan’ is a well written, fast moving and easy to read short story. I am not into sci-fi and totally unfamiliar with the work of Michael Bunker. I have, however, read many books about the Amish and am always fascinated by their culture and beliefs. At the onset of this book, I was prepared to read what I considered to be a traditional story steeped in Amish traditions anticipating a beautiful love story. Love usually conquers all or so I like to believe.

Cassidy’s book did not disappoint me at all. It has all the ingredients of a traditional love story; the kind that appears to be doomed from the start. We learn early on that Donavan is seeking something he will never find in Pennsylvania and expects to find in New Pennsylvania. But he still hopes that Dawn, the love of his life, will join him.

He explains to her, “I want to understand how they think. Whenever I see them at the Market, they seem happy.”

In developing her futuristic world, Cassidy convinces readers of its reality. Donavan eventually finds happiness and despite the sci-fi elements of the story line, his search follows a very traditional approach to love; one that would be recognized by people in all cultures and backgrounds.

I really enjoyed this story and highly recommend it.
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Donavan is a "quiet" science fiction story - no huge space battles or warring empires, just an intimate story that expands on the background of Donavan Yoder - a character from Michael Bunker's Pennsylvania novel. Cassidy has woven a nice tale that gives an insight into his background and his motivations for helping the resistance.

The book definitely adds to the Pennsylvania world and if you're looking for another fix of Amish science fiction, give this one a go.
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If you like Michael Bunker's Pennsylvania series and if you prefer your sci-fi to be more like "Wool" and less like Star Wars, you will enjoy this book. Donovan's story takes place in the world created by Michael Bunker in his Pennsylvania series. Cassidy does a great job taking the reader into Bunker's world and breathes life into a character mentioned only briefly by Bunker. I was intrigued by the character in Bunker's book and glad to see him fleshed out in D.K. Cassidy's short story. Though short, this work considers freedom, identity, love, loyalty, life, death and sacrifice. I would highly recommend this work (and Bunker's) to someone who is hesitate to read science fiction. Although this story takes place in the future and people do travel between planets, there are no death stars, cute robots or little green men. It's about the Amish and about all of us.
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Over the span of six plus years, we meet Donavan, an Amish teenager who's in love with Dawn. A loner trying to find his happiness, he goes through the Rumspringa rite of passage and comes to believe he must leave Earth to find it. Emigrating to New Pennsylvania on a distant planet, he realizes that his future lies not where he thought it would. As he leaves behind his life as a Plain person, he sees that life in the City is not what he hoped it would be. Ultimately leading him to work for Transport to find the life is desperately trying to find, he meets someone from his past who helps him decide what he needs to do with his future.

The author deftly presents a tale intersecting with and firmly interwoven into the fabric of Michael Bunker's Pennsylvania, as well as referencing Chris Pourteau's Gettysburg (another great piece of Pennsylvania fan fiction). The author helps integrate Donavan’s backstory neatly into the existing canon of the original Pennsylvania Omnibus, as we see Donavan fleshed out more fully here, his backstory and motivation more developed. We also see how connected he is to the Yoder family, as well as Pook and Dawn (all characters from the original work) and what she means to him. The story moves at a brisk pace showing Donavan’s development over a span of months and years. Stark and intensely character focused, it is a deep journey that is moving and tragic as he explores his world outside of Amish life and the discoveries he finds, with nothing as he thought it would be. A gritty illustration by Ben Adams seamlessly glues together the bonds between the fan-fiction and its parent work.
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This book blends the calm, hard-working yet peaceful existence of the Amish community with futuristic travel to other worlds.

You can’t help but like Donavan. He loves his cow, he loves a girl and yet he decides to leave both for a nine-month spell in the city, knowing he won’t be coming back. From here he travels to New Pennsylvania – a journey of nine light years but during which he ages just one week – without a second’s thought for his parents back in the Amish community of horse and carts and barn building and milking cows. I’m not being flippant. This really is quite endearing.

What makes this work is the excellent writing style employed by Cassidy. She entices the reader to her story with the manner in which she relates to the reader, revealing not only her personality and her voice, but also the respect she has for the audience. Indeed, this conceptual writing style moulds the overall character of this work.

The story is about an illegal alien, disappearing into a family network set up decades (or maybe generations) ago, yet tugging at the edge of my consciousness I can’t help but wonder if there isn’t a hidden depth to the book, a buried metaphor if you like, that is just out of grasping distance. This is a very clever book, written in an honest style, and I would implore readers to buy a copy. You won’t regret it.
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