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The Last Relicuin Paperback – September 26, 2013
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About the Author
Hargus Montgomery is also the author of the Kerious Pye (TM) series and The Seventeenth Pocket.
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THE LAST RELICUIN is a steady complicated read overflowing with history, injected with the grim future, and ignited by an assassination. This is a story of life, love, past, future, corruption, authenticity, tough journeys, and political intrigue. What begins as a simple search for belonging twists quickly into mystery thickly woven with lies, murder, scapegoats, and a call for war. Recommended for any reader seeking a story where history undergoes a full-scale FBI investigation.
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Rating: 5 stars for excellent
In the 22nd century, part of the world returns to history. Safe inside the guarded borders of live-in museums, museum dwellers live authentic lifestyles from prehistory to the twentieth century. Separate from all modern influences, some dwellers forget that a modern world exists outside the borders.
When the son of a prominent anti-museum Senator marries a museum dweller, the young couple becomes the target of a worldwide struggle between the past and the future.
Crossing borders into the 12th, 18th and 20th centuries, The Last Relicuin unravels a mystery that pursues one family through three different periods of history.
In order to clarify the story. When I read the phrase, "returns to history," I thought they'd traveled back in time to a historical period. What this story is about, is people who study history and they live as museum dwellers in a particular historical period. There is no time travel. There are only people who have studied history, in order to live in the historical period of their choice. They do not want to live in the 22nd century. They prefer the past because it is authentic.
Several elements are swirling in the story.
A people study
Dystopia-An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. The Last Relicuin has both the totalitarian and environmental examples. Definition from the "Oxford Pocket American Dictionary."
One of the most fascinating angles of the story is people living in 22nd century have dulled senses. Touch, sight, and smell have been diminished or withdrawn from society. We take for granted a normal human response of a sneeze or cough. Further, we touch and smell other humans. In this 22nd century society, people do not touch and thus there has been a rejection of normal human living.
Sex is virtual. Displays of affection between family members are not done. Life is sanitary, sterile, and gray. I can picture in my mind a society of people who do not smile. Because if the senses are gone, and there is no affection and no touching and no sex. People have become joyless mobile mannequins.
The next step in a society where people do not show love and affection, is a society where family members are unloving period. People are stiff, selfish, uncharitable; and a great loss has occurred-the qualities of being a human have been removed. This is cataclysmic. This also makes for a great story-line, because it makes the reader ponder "what if?"
The Last Relicuin is a strong study of people. And the dystopian element brings the reader to ask, "what if this really did happen?" I love thinking books. Books where there is a perplexing situation leading me to ask, "what would I do?"
The political angle of the story is not a far off kilter from our age. These are men and women who will do anything to keep their power and advance power. They want to be the god of their age.
I've learned a dystopian story has twists and is not a happy end-all story. Yes, there were moments when I did not like how the story unfolded. Yes, there were moments when I did not like the diminish of characters. This does not take away from the quality of the story. It does give it an edge. It does stay true to the dystopian element.
I loved reading The Last Relicuin. I became heavily involved from the first page!
I have always loved visiting living history museums and may have wanted to live there from time to time, so I absolutely could not resist a book that took place within them. However, this book is a whole lot more. There is a struggle as past and future collide, political espionage, family conflict, secrets and mystery and suspense. I was taken in by Alex’s character and his fascination with people who lived outside the glass. Alex struggled with being different, especially under his father’s watchful gaze. When he finally entered the museum school, everything clicked for him. This reminded me of people telling me that I seem better suited for a different time. I loved the authenticity of each of the time periods that were showcased. Alex’s chosen period, with his wife Kat and son Tom was perfect. I could imagine the long, winding driveway, the wooden farmhouse with the barking dogs and the fruit orchard perfectly. Even the speech patterns were on. As the characters travelled to museums in 12th century France and the 17th century Pacific island, I became immersed in each period with them. Overall, The Last Relicuin provided a whole lot more than I could ever ask for. It is wholly unique, not fitting neatly into any genre, fast paced and with wonderfully built worlds and characters. Masterful writing combined with a wholly unique plot has easily made The Last Relicuin one of my favorite books of the year.
This book was provided for free in return for an honest review.