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PEOPLE OF THE SUN, by Jason Parent, is a novel that combines a bit of several genres: most notably, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Thriller elements. This is--in my opinion--an emotionally potent novel, but one very "dark" in nature. An alien race known as the Symorians are preparing for a mission to save their own planet. A disastrous upset occurs, propelling their ship to a crash landing on Earth. The first humans to come in contact with them are a policeman and Connor--a good-hearted geologist, with a past that held a lot of personal sorrow. The Symorians are led by their commander, Lenyx, the only female on board--Tryst, the devious Kazi, and the good-natured Milliken.
One of the only humans whose motives for a peaceful union are pure, Connor, acts as a spokesperson for the alien race. Then, things begin to take off in a rapid series of occurrences--many unfortunately, unintended accidents due to the differences of the species.
"We came here in search of your people's help, but instead we are met with hostility and aggression . . . "
As the aliens begin to show more signs of "human" emotions, it begins to become increasingly clear that one member, Kazi, has far different opinions and desires regarding their stay on the planet.
". . . Kazi was turning out to be pure evil. Had he always been that way? Or had this planet made him into the monster he'd become?"
With things spiraling out of control, the Symorians begin to identify more and more with the human race: ". . . We've lost who we were. We aren't becoming like them. We already are like them."
The characterization of the aliens left nothing to be desired. These individuals become part of us, each one having identifying feelings and hopes that we "feel", ourselves. Some, like Kazi, we identify as: ". . . far more craven, devious, worse than human . . .". Others, like Tryst, elicit our sympathies without hesitation. Many can empathize with her sorrow over the loss of her planet.
". . . How can I move on when there's nothing to move on to?"
This novel has quite a few unexpected surprises, and plenty of horrific moments as well. However, it was the reflection of our human nature and capacity for evil that truly spoke volumes. Despite this being a more science-fiction style of story, there is so much truth as to how our own species judges others, that it's difficult to say where the greater threat would be if this were a REAL occurrence.
"Even gods can fall."
The poignant emotions, action, and unrelenting tension make this an all-around great novel, spanning multiple genres. There is something that most everyone will be able to relate to here: ". . . hadn't known what it meant to be lonely. It left . . . hollow inside, an emptiness so bleak, . . . could no longer stand it."
Overall, I felt this novel touched on so many levels, that most every reader will find something that they will love in this story.
I was eager to get my hands on this book for quite some time, and when I did, I was so ready, I blazed through it in two sittings. Sad that I finished so quickly, but that's the mark of a seriously engaging, intriguing, perfectly developed story. People of the Sun contains all the elements for which Jason's books have become known and loved by his fans. He certainly has a voice all his own, and he blends the genres of mystery, science fiction, horror, and suspense thriller with a skill that makes it seem effortless. Most of all, it is his sense of humor that really resonates with me.
The characters and plot are developed to perfection, the story weaves between points of view without losing cohesion, and the action is peppered throughout at a pace that kept me glued to my seat, eager to know how it all turns out, but never wanting it to end.
I can't recommend this enough. There's something for everyone in this terrific novel.
Already after the second chapter, I felt I knew Tryst, Kazy, Milliken and Lenyx. While I had an idea of their personality, I didn't foresee how the story would go. Many of the twists totally took me by surprise.
Characters wise, they were all well fleshed. My favorite ones were Milliken and Connor. Not that I didn’t like the others, mind you. Over all a great read that would certainly make a great movie.
I'd recommend to fans of science fiction involving aliens.
There are many things in life that are absolute certainties. The sun will rise and fall in the same day. If you live in the UK you will not get more than two dry days in a row. Justin Bieber will always be shit.
I will always read a Jason Parent book when it is sent to me for early review.
This one is no different. OH, BUT IT IS!!
The first from Jason and Sinister Grin Press together. That’s new. And it’s marketed as a sci-fi book! That’s definitely new for Jason Parent. You reckon he can pull it off like he does with his horror stuff?
This is what I thought.
Connor and Matthew are on their way to examine something strange in the middle of Second Connecticut Lake. It fell from the sky. Matthew is a State Trooper and Connor is a geologist. Perfect people to find out what is going on.
Lenyx, Tryst, Kazi and Milliken are on a mission to find the one thing that will save the Symorian civilisation from being totally wiped out. Their mission has gone awry and they have been forced to crash land on earth. Their ship is the strange thing in the middle of the lake.
Connor is now going to have to take all he has believed in and turn it completely on its head, as he acts as a go between for the Symorians, and the population of earth.
He soon learns though that this will not be an easy task when trust is lacking from both sides.
So, our characters in this one are mainly Connor, Lenyx, Tryst, Kazi and Milliken. One other who plays a major role in the story is Lieutenant Jonathan Westfield.
Connor is a typical University Professor. Good at his job and a genius in many ways but doesn’t have the greatest of life experience. He is a timid man that has been thrown into something that makes him feel way out of his depth. The four Symorians are what you would expect. Four alien beings on a strange planet that are both curious but extremely scared at the same time. Everything is strange to them, and they have no idea how to survive. Lenyx, being the leader is at times unsure of himself and this can lead to disaster. Tryst is the lone female and soon shows that she has more leadership qualities than probably any of the others. Kazi is the evil one of the bunch and as the story progresses, you will hate him more and more. Milliken is the laid back one. Nothing, to him, ever seems to be a problem that cannot be overcome.
Lieutenant Westfield is army through and through with no leeway in his soul. At least that’s what he thought.
The plot is simple. The Symorians need to find the one thing that will keep their race alive. The fact that they have crash landed on Earth is a problem they didn’t need. Now, they must try and figure out how to get home. They have the small problem of being discovered by humans to deal with first.
So, how does Jason Parent present a sci-fi story? Other than his supernatural thriller, Seeing Evil, this is without doubt my favourite thing he has written.
This is not just sci-fi. This has elements of a number of other genres that make it an extremely well rounded story that just has to be read to be totally understood and appreciated.
It is a thriller in many ways. It is fantasy in many ways. It is a heart-warming tale of two different species trying to get to know each other and come to some sort of agreement to survive together. There is one word that needs to be put before each of these sub genres though.
Dark undertones are prevalent throughout this story, making it always read as a tale of desperation, and almost hopelessness that neither side will come out of it in a good light. You would think that when aliens arrive on earth, humans would be suspicious but would also do everything they could to offer a welcome and try to coexist with another species. Likewise, you would think that the aliens would try their best to communicate in a way that portrayed a desire to get along and make sure that everyone, be they human, or Symorian, can live side by side in the universe.
Unfortunately, through circumstance that each side cannot help, nor understand of the other, it doesn’t normally work out that way.
One thing is very clear though. There is good and bad on every side. The final result really just depends on whether the good or the bad wins.
This is so much more than just a simple sci-fi story. The words in this book should get you thinking. They should make you think about yourself. They should make you think about others. They should make you think about what you can do for them and what they can do for you to make sure that everyone has a place in this world regardless of your beliefs or your makeup. Everyone deserves a chance.
This story is very deep at times. It examines subjects and opinions that may not be totally clear to you as you read this book. When you finish it though, if it has not made you think about how you deal with certain situations, you have no heart.
Don’t get me wrong though. It’s not all deep and meaningful. Jason Parent has written a rip-roaring story full of adventure and thrills and excitement and scares and blood and guts and fear and love and compassion and the list could go on and on.
If you like sci-fi, you need to read this. If you like horror, you need to read this. If you like dark fiction, you need to read this.
If you like a book that is superbly written in every single way, you need to read this.
To summarise: just read above and go buy it.
Sci-Fi / Horror rating:
★★★★★ superb again.
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