Genre: Sci-Fi / Horror
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publication Date: 15th March 2017
REVIEWED BY NEV
A copy of People of the Sun was sent to Confessions of a Reviewer by the author, Jason Parent, in exchange for an honest review. This is said review. This book is published by Sinister Grin Press.
There are many things in life that are absolute certainties. The sun will rise and fall in the same day. If you live in the UK you will not get more than two dry days in a row. Justin Bieber will always be shit.
I will always read a Jason Parent book when it is sent to me for early review.
This one is no different. OH, BUT IT IS!!
The first from Jason and Sinister Grin Press together. That’s new. And it’s marketed as a sci-fi book! That’s definitely new for Jason Parent. You reckon he can pull it off like he does with his horror stuff?
This is what I thought.
Connor and Matthew are on their way to examine something strange in the middle of Second Connecticut Lake. It fell from the sky. Matthew is a State Trooper and Connor is a geologist. Perfect people to find out what is going on.
Lenyx, Tryst, Kazi and Milliken are on a mission to find the one thing that will save the Symorian civilisation from being totally wiped out. Their mission has gone awry and they have been forced to crash land on earth. Their ship is the strange thing in the middle of the lake.
Connor is now going to have to take all he has believed in and turn it completely on its head, as he acts as a go between for the Symorians, and the population of earth.
He soon learns though that this will not be an easy task when trust is lacking from both sides.
So, our characters in this one are mainly Connor, Lenyx, Tryst, Kazi and Milliken. One other who plays a major role in the story is Lieutenant Jonathan Westfield.
Connor is a typical University Professor. Good at his job and a genius in many ways but doesn’t have the greatest of life experience. He is a timid man that has been thrown into something that makes him feel way out of his depth. The four Symorians are what you would expect. Four alien beings on a strange planet that are both curious but extremely scared at the same time. Everything is strange to them, and they have no idea how to survive. Lenyx, being the leader is at times unsure of himself and this can lead to disaster. Tryst is the lone female and soon shows that she has more leadership qualities than probably any of the others. Kazi is the evil one of the bunch and as the story progresses, you will hate him more and more. Milliken is the laid back one. Nothing, to him, ever seems to be a problem that cannot be overcome.
Lieutenant Westfield is army through and through with no leeway in his soul. At least that’s what he thought.
The plot is simple. The Symorians need to find the one thing that will keep their race alive. The fact that they have crash landed on Earth is a problem they didn’t need. Now, they must try and figure out how to get home. They have the small problem of being discovered by humans to deal with first.
So, how does Jason Parent present a sci-fi story? Other than his supernatural thriller, Seeing Evil, this is without doubt my favourite thing he has written.
This is not just sci-fi. This has elements of a number of other genres that make it an extremely well rounded story that just has to be read to be totally understood and appreciated.
It is a thriller in many ways. It is fantasy in many ways. It is a heart-warming tale of two different species trying to get to know each other and come to some sort of agreement to survive together. There is one word that needs to be put before each of these sub genres though.
Dark undertones are prevalent throughout this story, making it always read as a tale of desperation, and almost hopelessness that neither side will come out of it in a good light. You would think that when aliens arrive on earth, humans would be suspicious but would also do everything they could to offer a welcome and try to coexist with another species. Likewise, you would think that the aliens would try their best to communicate in a way that portrayed a desire to get along and make sure that everyone, be they human, or Symorian, can live side by side in the universe.
Unfortunately, through circumstance that each side cannot help, nor understand of the other, it doesn’t normally work out that way.
One thing is very clear though. There is good and bad on every side. The final result really just depends on whether the good or the bad wins.
This is so much more than just a simple sci-fi story. The words in this book should get you thinking. They should make you think about yourself. They should make you think about others. They should make you think about what you can do for them and what they can do for you to make sure that everyone has a place in this world regardless of your beliefs or your makeup. Everyone deserves a chance.
This story is very deep at times. It examines subjects and opinions that may not be totally clear to you as you read this book. When you finish it though, if it has not made you think about how you deal with certain situations, you have no heart.
Don’t get me wrong though. It’s not all deep and meaningful. Jason Parent has written a rip-roaring story full of adventure and thrills and excitement and scares and blood and guts and fear and love and compassion and the list could go on and on.
If you like sci-fi, you need to read this. If you like horror, you need to read this. If you like dark fiction, you need to read this.
If you like a book that is superbly written in every single way, you need to read this.
To summarise: just read above and go buy it.
Sci-Fi / Horror rating:
★★★★★ superb again.
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All life comes from the sun. Sometimes, death comes with it.
Filled with hope and driven by fear, four would-be heroes are driven from their home planet in a desperate bid to save their civilization from extinction. But survival takes on a whole new meaning when a malfunction sends their ship plummeting toward Earth.
Surviving the crash is only the first obstacle on their path to salvation. The marooned aliens soon discover that Earth’s beautiful exterior masks an ugly foundation, a place inhabited by a warrior race that’s on a path toward self-destruction.
Brimming with action and intrigue, People of the Sun is sure to entice fans of dark fantasy and sci-fi thrillers such as Watchmen and I Am Number Four.
CONFESSIONS REVIEWS JASON PARENT
In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso.
In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he finally tired of Latin phrases no one knew how to pronounce and explaining to people that real lawsuits are not started, tried and finalized within the 60-minute timeframe they see on TV (it’s harassing the witness; no one throws vicious woodland creatures at them), he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he’s back in the legal field . . . sorta. But that’s another story.
When he’s not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, travel any place that will let him enter, and play just about any sport (except that ball tied to the pole thing where you basically just whack the ball until it twists in on knot or takes somebody’s head off – he misses the appeal). And read and write, of course. He does that too sometimes.
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