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y1 (46. Ascending) (Volume 2) Paperback – November 5, 2015
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Review by Jane DeLong (Goodreads): Even though I am not a big sci-fi fan, I loved this book! I fell in love with Zane, the smart, quiet reluctant hero of the story who has an unusual gift. This book is a page turner -- do not open it unless you have a few hours to spend sailing the South Sea, navigating corporate politics, outwitting crooks and solving murders with a remarkable hero and his fascinating friends. Review by Sarah (Workaday Reads): This was an intriguing book that happened to teach me a little bit of knowledge on a lot of varied subjects, all while focusing on an exciting plot and enthralling characters. I'd never have believed that a book could take a murder mystery, a missing person mystery, paranormal abilities, fire dancing, pharmaceuticals, South Pacific geography and history, and meritocracy teachings and turn it into one cohesive story. Yet this book managed it. Review by Dorottya Bacsi (Goodreads) I LOVED this book! In spite of Zane's amazing abilities being an important point in the novel ... The story itself has a really interesting, fast-paced plot ... It kept us doing the guessing game ... with tiny little clues and facts. It truly was exciting. Review by Mickey Otterlei (Goodreads) : Y1 is the story of Zane Zeitman, discovering his ability to camouflage and the way this ability helps him fight his was out of the cables of "normality" and help him do right. All, in a fast moving plot that takes one sailing to and from islands and atolls in the South Pacific, and a pharmaceutical conspiracy that turns into a murder investigation.... you cannot put it down.
About the Author
Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking that there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to attended Northwestern University studying journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer. She published her first science fiction short story long ago and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next tale. When it finally came, it declared to her that it had to be a whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on. The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to please calm down. He explained that in a fit of practicality she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was that she had found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying. The bad news was that the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money. Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was that they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. "It's about time," were his exact words. Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and apparently had done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was, the book informed her sternly that it had now grown into a collection of six books. Sherrie decided that she better start getting it on down paper before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.
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Ms. Cronin clearly does a great deal of research to ensure that the realism part of her magical realism is in fact accurate, and the fantasy elements are very well done. I don't want to give spoilers so just take my word for it - this book is excellent. No wait; don't take my word for it. Read it yourself.
This is a kind-of sequel (Sherrie calls it a "companion novel" which is more accurate) to X0, which was a story about telepathy and the unity of all consciousness. X0 is a mathematical expression read as "X to the power of zero," which of course is always 1 for any real-number value of X. Y1 ("Y to the power of 1″) is also a mathematical expression, but while X0=1 for all values of X, Y1=Y, which is to say it remains itself, and this story has an underlying theme of individuality and the right of any person to pursue his or her own destiny. There's plenty of action and character-development around that theme: a gay boy fleeing persecution, a young woman trying to chart her life against a domineering father's demands, a man who gives up a fortune to do what he wants to do. Pressure to conform versus hope, identity, and conscience runs all through this story, alongside greed, power-lust, and deception.
As I said, the story takes a little while to get rolling, but the early chapters of character-building and stage-setting are necessary (even though I think some of it could have been compressed, or a bit more action and conflict could have been included to give it a faster pace in the early sections). Get through them, and you'll be well rewarded. From the middle of the book on, I literally couldn't put it down except when sleep insisted. And that was only because the words were swimming on the screen and I'd become functionally illiterate.
If you've read Sherrie Cronin's X0 you're already somewhat familiar with one of the main characters, Zane, Lola's son, but you'll find out a lot more about him here and also meet many new characters to find fascinating. Characterization is Sherrie's great strength as a writer in my opinion and it's well displayed here. You'll fall in love with most of them and in hate with the rest.
Peter Hulson Sr. is the CEO of Penthes Pharmaceuticals who has been foiled for years in his quest to find a worthy successor -- his son having disappeared in the South Pacific and presumed dead in 2000 -- and now that he is dying of liver cancer, he meets Zane and tasks him with helping him sort out his life and setting his company right in the short weeks he has left to live.
The author carefully describes the thoughts and motivations of her large cast of characters, and fearlessly tackles ethical and moral questions about medicating adolescent behavioral issues, why and how a business works best, the distribution of wealth and inheritance, and last but not least, homosexuality and the necessity of each individual to fully be and express his or herself to live joyfully.
Shape shifting is the only "fantasy" element in the story, but the author, a scientist herself, handles all the many exciting events in this thrilling story with such International Date Line accuracy that I now believe there are surely shape shifting people out there. The story is well-paced, especially the second half, when all the actors are going full-throttle around the world, literally. A wonderful read.
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