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- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (November 26, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 26, 2016
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- Language: English
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But the Mezna are hiding many secrets from humanity. One of them is Sabaal, an alien from the planet Peritha, where the Mezna have subjugated her race and force them to work in the mines. She holds the key to a longstanding problem the Mezna have been trying to resolve but before they can realize their startling plan, Sabaal escapes! Along the way, she meets new characters and makes new allies as well as enemies. It all propels the story into unpredictable directions, culminating in a stunning finale that will leave you wanting more.
The overall story is mythic in scope, taking place on an Earth taken over by aliens with advanced technology. Making themselves look god-like, they use their influence to create their own theology, utilizing it as a smokescreen for Earth’s society at large from what’s really going on. While this story takes place in the future, this sprawling tale is filled with universal themes that reflect on humanity’s dark past while vivaciously bringing them to life in a science fiction setting.
Prejudice, slavery, racism, arranged marriage, genetics, cloning, religion, poverty, oppression; the author tackles these difficult subjects with grace, dignity, and thoughtfulness, examining each of those complex issues as seen through the viewpoints of multiple intriguing characters. Each one, from Julip to Sabaal, from Javan the cyborg to Norwood, Julep's kind brother who takes on a bride hiding some secrets of her own, is unique and distinct from one another. They’re fascinating, three-dimensional people with rich histories that compel us to keep reading. You yearn to know more about them, their fates and their roles in the larger overall saga unspooling here.
And what a sprawling saga it is! The history of the Mezna slowly insinuating its alien ways into all aspects of life on Earth and the severe ramifications of this upon the planet are truly heartbreaking. And when you read about things like pockets of human reservations living in squalor at the mercy of the acid rain and other harsh elements, the overall world-building is both terrifying and spectacular to behold.
Populated within this story, there are outstanding characters and the ones that most impressed me were Julep and Sabaal. Though Julep doesn’t believe herself to be much more than a villager destined to lead a simple life, watching her growth over the course of the novel is one of the great joys just waiting to be discovered here.
And Sabaal starts from rock bottom and has nowhere to go but up. Stripped of all dignity and freedom as well as being ruthlessly experimented on, it’s discovered she holds the key to the next evolution of the alien Mezna race. No matter what you take away from her, she still holds on to her sense of self identity, which gives her a ferocity unmatched by anything she might encounter.
They both exude nobility of character and inner strength, standing up for what they believe in and reinforcing their words with action. In doing so, the author imbues them with very relatable characteristics. Their individual transformations on a small level start stacking up and they evolve profoundly by trying to effect change on a small level but wind up being a part of something greater. They never believe that they can buck the current status quo but by doing so, they come to embody gallant traits as part of their larger character arcs over the course of the novel. This also leads to speculation and excitement as to where their characters, those that survive that is, will go to in the second novel of this trilogy.
I found the ending to be a little rushed when a lot happened at once and suddenly it all came together, as I felt it could’ve been given a little more room to breathe. But I also cannot deny that it held such power and intensity, I couldn’t stop until I reached the breathtaking end.
There are many questions answered but many more are asked, making me wonder where this dynamic storyline will head next. Since this is the first novel in a trilogy, the stage is now set, the characters are on a grand journey and I cannot wait to see where it takes them. This is an excellent and grand adventure with bold ideas and insightful commentary on both humanity and society while executing solid science fiction that hooks the reader into its vibrantly imagined world.
Please note that I was given an advance reader copy of this eBook for review.
Sabaal is from Jakkattu, a planet which has been destroyed by Mezna just like Earth. But unlike humans, Mezna is using her people as miners, slaves who do as their guards told them to. Sabaal is an exception and that's why she has been brought to Earth to be experimented on, to be tortured, and broken down. She has a strong spirit, she will not be enslaved and hence at first opportunity she flee from captivity. Surviving on a dying planet is another thing altogether....
Humans live on reservations. They are thought to worship Mezna. Things they now know might not be true. As two siblings from one such reservation are soon to find out. What will happen when they learn the truth about 'Ferals'? The universe is far bigger than they were led to believe. In fact nothing they know is real.
Teks always thought that they're isolated from the human race because they're better version of humans. But what if that's a lie? Has humanity survived all these years? Or all hope lost?
Sabaal's story will continue in the next book. I can't wait to read it. This one was really good. We get to see different group of species and how they are surviving on Earth after most of it has been destroyed. There are human reservations where people live in a very primitive way. They are not allowed to think for themselves or to ask questions that might lead to the truth. Then their are 'Teks', blue eyes hybrids. They're neither human nor robots but something in between. They're programmed to perform one specific purpose. Some are medical aids, some are guards, but what ever role they're are given that's the only thing they know how to do. They all follow Mezna blindly. Priests control them and anyone breaking the rules is punished. Then there are 'Ferals'. They're deformed creatures, cannibals, who live outside the protected areas. People don't interact with them. They're wild creatures who aren't considered human at all. And among all this chaotic world is one alien 'Sabaal' who is fighting for her freedom and freedom of those who don't even realise that they have been enslaved...
This book is quite intriguing. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend to all sci-fiction lovers. For you guys it's a must read.
This novel is suitable for both teens and adults. In fact, several of the principle characters are in their upper teens, but this book is so much higher quality science fiction then the ridiculous but popular drivel that is called teen sci-fi nowadays. This future world is complex with multiple cultures. I love how PK Tyler has written the humans on the reservations talking in a different dialect from the hybrids and the Sabaal character. The author deftly introduces us to each person and their situation and slowly gives us a bigger picture of what is happening in this polluted future earth.
This wonderful epic book really deserves to be a bestseller, and I really hope that a lot of teens read it. I am in my thirties and I am very picky about sci-fi books, mainly gravitating to the classic like Asimov, Heinlein, and Phillip K. Dick. "The Jakkattu Vector" has a lot of depth, so it may become a new classic. There are themes of identity, linguistics, prejudice, slavery, global warming, and stagnating culture. I recommend it for all sci-fi fans. Also, the characters are each unique and memorable. Occasionally a little bit of prose does not flow well, but that is not very common in the book.
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