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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.
by Jason Parent
Jason Parent has a vast imagination, demonstrated in everything he writes. In PEOPLE OF THE SUN he has given us a contemporary science fiction thriller demonstrating the fallibility of humans (as well as of “aliens.”) I couldn't help but be reminded of my beloved science fiction films of the 1950's, in which human narrowmindedness and inability to accept anything beyond received facts are thoroughly demonstrated.
PEOPLE OF THE SUN focuses on a virtually new concept in science fiction, as the reader will discover in perusing this thriller. “Alien” meets “human” and discovers shared background, while most of humanity (in authority) either wants to destroy, or at least sweep the “problem” away and out of sight.
Readers will come away from PEOPLE OF THE SUN with an intensified appreciation for “the other,” for scientific open-mindedness, and for the wonders of the universe. This novel is guaranteed to provoke thoughtfulness and contemplation.
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.
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