An unusual attention holding sci-fi story,
This review is from: Lagoon (Paperback)
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On Bar, Beach, Lagos three people are walking. Agu, a soldier injured after being involved in a fight, Anthony, a well known and popular rapper and Adaora,a marine scientist, weeping because her husband had hit her. Although not together their paths will cross
A loud boom is heard and the trio throw themselves onto the sand. The ocean becomes disturbed and the water begins to creep over the shore. People are frightened and Agu, Anthony and Adaora begin to run away, but a wave follows them, overtakes them and they are sucked into the deep ocean.
How much times has passed they do not know, but the three are now lying stunned on the sand. A female voice speaks to Adaora. A beautiful woman stands beside her and tells her of a change about to come to the world and how her people are already on earth. The aliens love the flowers, trees and beauty of earth, but that the oceans are being polluted.
As the waters continue to rise people flee the city and the local gangs begin to loot and fight, bringing chaos to the city.
Adaora, Agu and Anthony have gone to Adaora's house where she has a laboratory containing a sizeable aquarium of sea creatures. The alien woman is with them and they give her the name Ayodele. The husband, Chris, and the children of Adaola come into the laboratory and the children after a while like the serene alien, but Chris accuses his wife of being a witch, is angry and demands to know who the people are. Ayodele changes her shape to that of Chris, who is frightened by this shape changing alien.
The three people know that their lives have changed and that they saw something marvellous beneath the sea and spoke to the alien beings.
Adoyele, protected by the three, appears on all TV, mobile phone and computer screens and delivers her message not of conquest but of help from the elders of her people.
There is more panic and more fighting. On a gridlocked highway the road begins to heave as in an earthquake, but this is only the beginning for those on land and for the creatures of the ocean.
This is a well written story with elements of danger and excitement. Each of the principal characters is given his or her own section and we understand what type of people they are, what they have experienced and we can understand them. There is an interesting combination of sci-fi, local customs and beliefs, which works well.
A very readable novel, with perhaps a simple message from the aliens of how we should be taking care of our planet.