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Gethyon: A Travellers Universe Novel Paperback – September 14, 2016
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About the Author
After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 23 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head. Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, and Broad Universe, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the 2015 EPIC eBook awards, the 2015 RWA LERA Rebecca (2nd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place). You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.
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Gethyon and his twin sister, Callon, live with their grandfather because their father is dead, and their mother abandoned them. The story opens showing Gethyon's poor anger management problems. This boy is pissed off all the time. He's angry at his father for dying and his mother for abandoning him and his sister. Understandable, but Callon seems to have adapted better than her brother.
Not too far into the story, the reader discovers that Gethyon can teleport across vast reaches of space. But it's not a trivial thing. He only discovers this ability when burning with rage. His sister is raped by her supposed boyfriend, and Gethyon reaches the boiling point. He kills the rapist accidentally and is charged with murder. Shoved into the smallest possible corner, his ability bursts out, hurling him through space and time. What he doesn't learn until later is that he's being hunted by Jinx, a bounty hunter, who can follow Gethyon through the gateways he opens.
Gethyon is on the run, not really understanding his new-found abilities. Then, his long-lost mother appears and gives him some of the background on his talent and why she could not keep him and his sister when they were born. His mother has hidden them from the mysterious forces who have sent Jinx after him.
The novel follows Gethyon as he tries to make sense of his new status. Still resenting his mother's abandonment, he does consent to being trained to handle himself in a less chaotic fashion. When he he can no longer sit idly by when people he loves are being killed, Gethyon becomes the hunter. Look out evil mysterious creatures! Gethyon is pissed, and he's hunting you now.
Gethyon reads quickly. There's plenty of action going on, along with a love story (spoilers!) and a satisfying SFR for teen readers. Adults can enjoy it just as much, but it doesn't have the racier stuff common to SFR.
Gethyon is the sequel to Pippa Jay's first novel, Keir, which I LOVED! The author is a shining star in a new wave of science fiction authors. Her effortless grasp of language and story structure takes you down a web of adventure, peril, budding romance and thrills.
The title character is a young man tortured by talents he cannot understand that leave him ostracized by his peers. It's a similar theme and premise to Jay's first book in the series, Keir. Gethyon is Quin's son. He inherited his mother's unusual psi powers, and her ability to navigate time and space with a thought, opening pathways through the universe.
I found the character of Gethyon to be well-drawn and fascinating as he struggles with a coming-of-age and coming into an understanding of the powers he considers more of a curse than a blessing. With a light touch, the author's sensitivity takes the reader along as Gethyon battles with his teen angst, forges difficult relationships with his mother and finds his feet all while on the adventure of a lifetime.
With colorful worlds full of nuance and dimension, characters that walk off the page, and themes that anyone who has been either parent or child can relate to, Gethyon was a wonderfully subtle read that I will joyfully be returning to again and again.
My only complaint is that it takes far longer for Pippa Jay to write her books than it does for me to read them.
Please, dear lady... Keep them coming!
I know there is a bit of a grey area these days between children's books, young adult books and the latest new adult genre craze. I am not quite sure myself where the lines are technically drawn, what is considered age appropriate and what rules are applied to a young adult book. Without getting into semantics, I will propose that Gethyon is appropriate for ages 13 and up, much like a pg-13 movie. It includes violence, a self-defense murder and an attempted sexual assault (which is brushed over and not at all detailed). It also includes a vocabulary that might have younger readers reaching for the dictionary more than a few times. The style may also give younger readers a hard time.
The book is beautifully written. It does not lack the descriptive style and flow that I have come to appreciate in Pippa Jay's writing, which is a loss I feared given that this is intended as a young adult book. While I am uncertain as to how much of a road block this may pose to the intended audience, for me it was awesome. I loved every single page, paragraph and sentence of this book. The pace is fast, full of action and there were never any points of lag, which is sure to keep younger reader's attention. Even the slower scenes were ripe with a palpable tension and emotion that underlined every word and followed each character.
There are many great characters in this book, although the bad guys seemed a bit lax in the redeeming qualities department. This is often a crux of young adult books - a lack of complexity, reasoning or grey area for the villains. This is probably the only real gripe I have about the book. The bad guys are just bad, plain and simple. Dephon was an evil jerk, Neoris was a bastardous jerk and Jinx is well... Jinx.
Enough about the badies, though. Let's talk about Gethyon Rees. Gethyon is a complicated character, often walking the fine line between darkness and light. He is a kid struggling with abandonment issues and a dark power welling up within him that he has no idea how to control. On the other hand, he is sweet, caring and attempts to do the right thing, even when it means doing something wrong to protect those he cares about. Often a victim of circumstance, he finds himself in trouble with the authorities and outsiders hunting him for a bounty, while internally he is struggling to keep the growing power within him under control.
Will he let the power control him and draw him into the tempting realm of vengeance and domination, or will he control the power and use it to protect those he cherishes and reach his dreams of traveling the stars?
I'm not telling - so go read the book.
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