- File Size: 2869 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing (December 28, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 28, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019Y37LN2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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- Jaylee James, editor of VITALITY magazine
"The world-building of both the Martian colony and Nadin's world, Iamos, is nothing short of spectacular. Full of mysteries,intrigue, and fantastical new discoveries, Fourth World is the kind of book that's hard to put down."
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Book 1: Fourth World - available now!
Book 1.5: Different Worlds, an Iamos novella - available now!
Book 2: New World - coming soon
Book 3: One World - coming soon
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Atlantis, guys. Freaking Atlantis. On Mars.
Conspiracy theories. Buried secrets (and bodies). Sci-fi concepts so lyrically described it sometimes feels like high fantasy. Natural dialogue, a thoroughly detailed society and culture with its own quirks and preconceptions, exploring language and communication and miscommunication and disasters of errors. A coming-of-age story in several ways; there's a moment when we all realize how huge and vast and frightening the world actually is. Here, we find there are two worlds to contend with, learn the workings of, unite, and ultimately save.
The dual perspectives are well-done and make the story - both of them, and their combination - feel full and rich. The side characters are developed and distinctive (I love Henry and Scylla, and I even *sometimes* love Ceilos, in that frustrating, 'please report to your dumpster immediately' kind of way.)
I love Nadin's slow-build realization of how messed-up her society truly is - and this is a book where that's done well. (As we know, writing characters realizing their privilege and the ugly parts of their society can go very wrong and be incredibly harmful. Not the case here, at least from my reading.) And since we're introduced to Hope Renewed from her POV, there's a gradual creeping of Wrongness and just masterfully-dropped unsettling hints that build toward a deeply disturbing whole.
The asexual and aromantic representation is easy and integrated to the story. I so far prefer stories that simply have marginalized people, respectfully acknowledged and valued, going on adventures and being heroes, rather than the story being About their marginalization and particularly coming-out narratives. These are ace (likely aromantic, touch-adverse in Nadin's case?) teens, and their identities are important and present, but they have much bigger concerns... considering the whole Mars time-travel conspiracy/revolution business.
Fourth World packs an emotional punch. The resolution of one of Isaak's main arcs (his missing father) is painful, but in a way that you don't often see in fiction, SFF or otherwise. (Cathartic/Good Pain, not exploitive.) It's a both fascinating and important subversion on expected conventions/tropes - the entire book is, to varying degrees.
I'm also trying to word something important that escapes me - Fourth World simply combines a lot of my favorite tropes/SFF conventions in a way that is new and meaningful. Many of its ideas are classic (lost and found civilizations/treasure/knowledge/people, time travel, dystopian societies that look utopian on the surface), but they're mixed together and re-imagined in a wonderfully original way. It's just very well-done.
If you enjoy science-fiction, fantasy, an aesthetic blend of the two, and character development-driven stories with active and well-represented aro/ace main characters, I highly recommend picking this up.
The cliff hanger is a very large one; the book doesn't really feel like it ends so much as stops.
There are *multiple* ace-spec characters, which was delightful. One self-IDs as demisexual (hinted at a couple of times then made explicit). The other one figures out on page what she is (and isn't) feeling but doesn't have a label. Note that there is some acephobia on page.
Honestly I think this series would make a fantastic Sy-Fy channel mini series, it feels exactly like something they would produce with a moderate budget, cheap CGI, good but relatively unknown actors, and that classic filter they always over use.
I look forward to following the rest of the adventure.
Seriously? Science fiction fantasy conspiracies and diversity are my jam. (here's hoping for a canon ace character in the future!)
Top international reviews
I absolutely LOVED this book! Gripping sci-fi with a thrilling conspiracy plot, burgeoning romances, and queer POC protagonists all rolled into one amazing story. I am so excited for the next book, I almost can't stand it. Even though I don't personally identify with either Isaak nor Nadin, I liked both of them so much that I wanted to see them succeed. The two of them (and the rest of the characters) feel so real, and so like other people I've known over the course of my life. The switching viewpoints helped me get to know both of them, and solidified their different, real "voices" in my mind. I genuinely can't wait for Different Worlds and New World!
Nice to read and not boring at all, but I wasn't wholly engaged.
Content warnings include: aphobia (both external and internalized), abuse of power/corrupt government, racism, unwanted kissing and hugging, disappearance of a parent, humanity-induced climate change, mentions of euthanasia and eugenics.
It is well written and I love the plot as well as the characters, who are diverse and fully fleshed out. Most questions I had while reading were answered later on, and judging by the end, the rest will be featured in the sequel. Some of my favourite elements of the book were the approach to languages and the fact that the two main characters are demi and ace.