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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sheila Deeth Finds Karen Wyle's Science Fiction Relatable

Title: Water to Water
Genre: science fiction
ISBN: for non-Amazon ebook, 978-0-9980604-4-6; for paperback, 978-0-9980604-3-9
Publisher: Oblique Angles Press
Reviewer's rating on Goodreads: 5 stars
Purchase links:
Amazon (global, Kindle): http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B07HM67TSW
Amazon (paperback, global): http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=0998060437

Reviewed by Sheila Deeth originally for Goodreads


Karen Wyle’s alien life-forms in Water to Water are immediately and vividly real, convincingly non-human with evocatively different emotional needs, and yet profoundly relatable. A world with two different species and one haunting funeral tradition slowly expands as a young adult strives to move on from losing a parent. But losses come in many forms, and simply moving away from a parent might prove similarly difficult. Moving away from a faith could be even harder.

Honnu’s family secret, Terril’s loss, and the curiosity of an alien of different species combine in this haunting tale. The dialog carries convincing depth and humor, like two teens shying away from deeper truths. And the mystery is so completely involving that the reader switches from guess to guess, all the way to the end and beyond. (Yes, I’m still guessing at parts not told!)

Questions of faith, life after death, the threat of new revelation on old traditions,all this and more—deep topics for a tale that’s filled with action, heart and soul. Author Karen Wyle has imagined a world with self-consistent science and social science, and peopled it with youthful characters whose heroes' journey will surely carry readers far beyond the pages. A masterpiece!

Disclosure: I was given a copy and I love it!



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