“First of all, the title is not a teaser. Although the story doesn’t revolve around time travel 100%, it does play a good part in the story. An alien family who has the ability to play with time and lives on an asteroid called “The Upper World” decides to give their son, Biddle to the Supreme Leader of the plant Chyspah; Flondumar and his wife Sholah who’s own child died at birth. The family from the Upper World gives them their son because they fear that his life would be at risk if he were to remain in the Upper World.
After they teleport back to the Upper World, Sholah renames Biddle; Anomar. Flondumar is reluctant at first because he fears that an outsider of the planet would hurt his political career as well as cause friction between him and the royal family. But as time goes on, he starts to love him as his real son. Once Anomar is able to speak and walk, Flondumar decides to home school him, in fear that his real identity would be revealed if he were to go to a public school. As Anomar grows older, Flondumar decides to take him under his political wing to get him exposed to the world of politics and to the planet’s constitution in hopes that he will continue his adopted father’s legacy. Once one of Flondumar’s political opponents finds out about his son’s home schooling, he criticizes Flondumar by saying how if he doesn’t trust public education for his own son, why should the rest of the planet.
Fondumar caves in and allows Anomar to attend a public school where he meets Benardo, who’s eyes are the same color (this is consider abnormal on the planet) and Daniel who was briefly dead at birth but then resurrected. After the three become friends, they start to discover who they really are. But how will the planet and the royal family respond?
Rohini Singh has really created her own world in this book. You do have to pay attention to all of the rules and what is considered to be normal in the book to get a better understanding on what’s happening and what will happen when a certain character finds out something about the other.
But that’s one of the reasons why this book is so entertaining. She’s also very descriptive in the settings, characters as well as the props that they handle. You really feel like you are in the future and in outer space with the characters. I enjoyed this book so much that I’m not surprised that it was rated a number one Hot New Release on Amazon and it was only published last month. And one more thing, I love the HAL like character from 2001: A Space Odyssey; CHRIS which stands for Chyspah Host Resource Information System. Don’t worry, I’m not giving anything away, it’s not exactly like HAL, or is it?”
Thank you Erik for this wonderful review!
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