Sentient tackles the tough issues, such as homelessness and society indoctrinating violence, but it handles it with such humor and kindness that it is easy to digest. There were several times I had to put the book down just so I could ponder the questions and feelings that it had brought up. The best and worst of humanity are highlighted, but yet it does not feel as though it went too far to the extremes. This debut novel is witty, intelligent, saddening, and beautiful. This book is amazing, and I truly would love to recommend it to everyone. I look forward to more by Dr. Acquista in the future.
Reviewed by Lauren Stafford, San Francisco Book Review Star rating: 5/5
I was impressed with the vivid descriptions and an original plot - hard for this genre...the characters were really interesting(human and non), and once I really got into it I couldn't put it down! Definitely recommend...~Eliza Brown--Indie Book Reviewers
Once I started reading I didn't want to stop until I'd finished the whole thing...The interweaving plot lines were well-developed and certainly not predictable, and there were so many aspects to this book that appealed to me on an emotional, creative, and intellectual level. Appreciated that for a book involving so much'alien mental powers" it felt very authentic and not some caricature-style plot device I've seen over and over... It was intelligent, weird, sad, dark, deep,tragic, suspenseful, and with profound psychological elements I've never read about before...An interesting read, one that will test the limits of your imagination and take your mind to new places...~Megan King--Indie Book Reviewers
...it is incredibly written with some of the most interesting and compelling characters I've read in a long time, and it's obvious the author is mad brilliant...a good story with an original plot, great world-building with some really unique idea and a surreal, philosophical approach to the story, and interesting characters...~Brenda Maxwell--Indie Book Reviewers
"Sentient" is the first book I've read from this talented author Victor Acquista, but I hope it won't be the last! ~Marcella Gonzales--Indie Book Reviewers
This wasn't the typical sci/fi 'aliens vs. humans" book that we see all too much of in this genre (yet this element is definitely there!). This story is extremely intelligent, deep and provocative, yet very easy to get swept up in and lose yourself in...Recommend for readers of literary/philosophical science fiction. ~Claire Middleton--Indie Book Reviewers
About the Author
His non-fiction and his workshops focus on personal growth and transformation,especially as pertains to health and wellness. His fiction includes social messaging intended to get the reader engaged in thought provoking themes. His writing is intended to raise consciousness.
Dr. Acquista has a longstanding interest in consciousness studies, is a student of Integral Theory, and strives to do his part to make our planet a wee bit better. He lives with his wife in New Mexico. More info can be found at victoracquista.com.