The first three words that come to my mind when I read the book title are science fiction, dystopia, and romance. Undoubtedly, a sense of adventure creeps in while I navigate the synopsis and look at that enticing cover design. The story is set in the last years of the twenty-first century. It is bad news, and the picture is very grim. Bearing the brunt of droughts, floods, and severe weather conditions, planet Earth has run out of resources. Civilization is almost on the brink of extinction; this scenario paints a typical dystopian narrative. Matters are getting out of hand.
It is in extreme situations where a story shines. Erin lives on a remote island and does her best to contribute to the betterment of society. She and her adoptive parents partner with rescue teams to provide aid and look after the distressed. A big surprise lies in wait for her. The presence of elements of space travel and an alien entity is made clear from the book title. How this is incorporated into the narrative has rarely been done before. We are talking about aliens roaming on earth taking the human form in the guise of clones. Now, that is exciting!
There is a hidden message that gives the reader a chance to understand the repercussions of what exploiting nature’s resources could lead to. Stories such as these play a crucial role in raising awareness. It calls to action the need to take measures to mitigate the damage already done and prevent it from snowballing into a disaster as painted in this story. In this war of resources, the author also hints at the involvement of technology. Are we, as a race, so intent on innovation that we forget to take care of the planet that gave us life?
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