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Second Nature (The Fountain #2) Paperback – June 5, 2017
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About the Author
Ellison Blackburn is the author of several science fiction novels. As Ellis Blackburn, she writes time-travel mysteries set in Victorian-era Chicago. Unlike other writers who knew what they wanted to be when they grew up, Ellis came into her creative own only a few years ago. And despite earning degrees in Biology and English Literature, for many years, she traveled a career path unrelated to either field of study. It was not until she authored her first Sci-Fi book did her education and work backgrounds mingle sensibly. In addition to storytelling, Ellison enjoys painting, traveling, watching documentaries and movies, as well as reading novels and tales of mystery and suspense. Learn more at EllisonBlackburn.com or join her Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/Matter.of.Time/. Also, follow her on: Facebook: Facebook.com/ellisonblackburn Amazon: Amazon.com/author/ellisonblackburn/ BookBub: BookBub.com/authors/ellison-blackburn
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My favorite character is Emery because she is much like myself. She is very independent, smart and filled with curiosity as well as a desire for knowledge. Her research is in-depth and some of the technological theories and ideas that surround her research are astounding. I enjoyed reading about Emery and Julia’s banter as well as Liam and Aiden’s characters. The interest that Emery has with Charlotte and Parker is fascinating and I liked reading about them from a different perspective. The one thing that I enjoyed the most about Emery’s character is the fact that she portrayed Earth as being one of vast wonder...in essence. She has knowledge of Earth and its billions of people as they faded, eventually leaving the survivors to form pods in certain areas or little minute collections of people after the Rapture took hold. Her view of the previous lives that were lost is one of perplexed bliss. She is content to have the knowledge, but the cities in which were populated are still somewhat confusing and undesirable.
Overall, this story is written well with complex character development and an elaborate new futuristic world. I rate this book with five stars because it is not only highly creative and original, but the pace is steady and everything flows properly from scene to scene. This author likes to take her mind to another level when she writes and her ideas and advancements are absolutely stunning to read about. Some things were a little difficult to wrap my head around, but an open mind is definitely needed when reading these two installments because both stories make you think about the differences between what is and what could become. I really enjoyed reading this story. I would definitely recommend this to lovers of science fiction and I look forward to more books from this author in the future!
In this story we are following the life of Emery. She lives in a very different world, a world in which humans may become extinct. She is a chronicler, a historian of what Earth has become. She is also trying to find herself; her roots. That journey takes many twists and turns. Emery is finding the new information to be quite disturbing. She and her friends begin to question the historic information, the role of science in the current plight of human procreation and what would happen if they let nature take the prominent role in human survival. Read, reflect and know that whichever way you chose at the end of Flash Back, you will now question that choice. Will you change your mind? You will only know the answer to that question once you’ve read Second Nature. Enjoy!
Those are just some of the questions that "Second Nature" brings up. The sequel to "Flash Back," "Second Nature" is narrated by Emery, the daughter (although that fact is not widely known) of Charley, the main character of "Flash Back," whose account of her early experience with regeneration made her a celebrity, a status she still has after death.
While "Flash Back" starts in what is the recognizable present and moves into a slightly different near future, one in which it's possible, at least for some, to regenerate and live their lives over again, "Second Nature" is set a couple of centuries in the future, once regeneration has become commonplace and most of the human population has been wiped out by what is called the Rapture, when genetically modified humans, who had become the majority, went through a mass die-off, leaving only a few small pockets of civilization scattered about the globe. Emery lives in 17, which is on the site of what used to be Seattle. The people live a combination of high-tech and back-to-the-land lifestyles, which sounds idyllic but has a major problem: couples aren't procreating enough, causing the already small human population to dwindle even further. Measures have to be taken, but what will be fair and palatable?
Like "Flash Back" and The Watchers books, "Second Nature" is sci fi/speculative fiction, but it's a deliberately slow-paced, interior-oriented work, focused on the inner life of the main character and her thoughts and doubts, rather than dramatic action sequences. In a way it reminds me of Kim Stanley Robinson's Orange County novels: there are similar concerns about society building and the effects of technology on ethics and behavior, as well as a melding of high tech/low tech in the evolving, futuristic lifestyle. However, "Second Nature" has much more of the feel of a diary to it, and is much more focused on what are often considered "women's" issues, with the main character negotiating not just romantic relationships but also her relationships with her sister and her adoptive and biological mothers. An interesting and unusual story of the future that sets up the problems that will come to a head in the final book in the trilogy.
My thanks to the author for providing a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.