"I believe in God as an algorithm. A system of formulas or laws, like in physics, that explain how things have come to be" said Anna Darcy on being asked: "Do you believe in God?"
This response by Anna Darcy, Distant Cousin, puts in a nutshell a perception which she as the protagonist in a series of books weaves her story applying such a belief.
I read books voraciously, reading them for a variety of reasons. One of my primary reasons is recreation and relaxation. A well told story is all I need. Al Past, the author, in his series of four, is about a young lady who embarked from her far away planet to find the planet from which her people came. They have no knowledge of the reason for which they were moved nor record of it. They had a few clues which powered her search.
Their civilization developed further than earth's providing them the technology to go in search of their roots. Ana's story of that is delightful. It provides a great read, a great journey to share with her in which the author allows her to carry it on through four full novels. Through each one my rapt attention was maintained.
The story of Ana is in the genre of Science Fiction. The means of coming to earth, the technology brought with them, this was fascinating. The comparison of the development of two different civilizations developing out of the same mold was interesting. The moral and ethical values developed in Ana's society were intriguing in their difference from ours.
Ana, with her foundational belief, not in any way dwelled upon beyond her statement of it, was apparent in what she did.
The book gives enthralling accounts of Ana, passive and peaceful, turn into a lethal opponent when attacked, genetically enhanced to give her quickness and physical prowess. A virtual Ninja she becomes in the face of adversity.
The episodes of these feed the "S----kicker" quality of the stories which are otherwise gentle in all she does.
The stories describe a young woman acting at great risk when prompted by the needs of others. Leaving her space station in violation of orders to make contact to warn of an impending catastrophe that needs steps to be avoided starts the story series. Successfully she employs a unique method to do so which is great story telling all by itself.
In the process of it all she falls in love, marries and starts an altogether supplementary plot narrative touching in its family orientation, cultural setting with Mexican Americans, and tender association throughout her newly acquired Earth Family.
Her story does not stop, escapades continue, one building on the other, her diplomatic mission continues, done in such a secondary way to the needs of her family and the good she is performing for countless people. It is this that builds and continues, the recipients having no idea that she, this simple petite endearing person, is in fact "The Starchild" as she is publicly known in relationship to her mission.
Her story is simple, she equally so. The goals that are hers, manifested in so much of what she does, are quietly shouted by her every action.
It was a great read, times four. In me at least it induced so much thought and contemplation, its impact needed analysis. The story depicted the differences Ana brought with her. The use she made and person she was as a product of this, the companion culture in which she was raised, was subtlety presented in the kindness and care she demonstrated.
Did any one hear, this is a great read, all four of these books, the last was finished by me last night!