- Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: New Generation Publishing (8 Dec. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1787192172
- ISBN-13: 978-1787192171
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 867,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
I found this easy to read, and found myself wanting to know how this unfolded with each page as each new piece of story came up, curious about how the side inserts to the story developed a larger world background, under the main story, which actually helped drive the story along well and left your brain asking lots of interesting questions.
I identified with the main character's mentality and way of understanding what was going on around him, as well as the amusing life recognisable interactions of some of the other characters.
I thought the themes, while heavy, were dealt with in an accessible manner, without being dumbed down, allowing for an intelligent, amusing and engaging read. I have a habit of drawing comparisons from the many science fiction stories and films I’ve read and seen, and it didn’t feel like I was rereading old story. I enjoyed the flow, the style, which didn’t go into too much techno jargon to make the story flow, a bad habit of some science fiction genre writers, but what was presented let the story happen around it , and not because of it. The character development was understandable and good, and the difficult story arcs involved were done with compassion and attention. I recommend reading this book, which I consider is in a science fiction/thriller young adult genre.
In the future, corporations control cities across an earth that was broken by humanity itself. All aspects of life are catered for but also denied to many. Housing, food, water and even children are allocated only to those who tow the corporate line.
But all that changes with the appearance of a mysterious blue lady and her wild familiars...
The characters are superbly crafted;
Martha; fiercely defiant of her privileged family, comes to take on the ultimate responsibilities.
Ruth; subversive and independent, yet hiding unbearable pain and torment as her motivation.
Dina; so young and yet to really find herself, she shows great strength in putting herself at incredible risk for all.
Jed; responsible, dependable, strong, law enforcement; he finds himself at the centre of events as they spin out of his control and understanding.
and finally Kira; our narrator for this novel and as much as the host and protagonist of the events as Gaia herself. Mother, wife and friend; she embodies the core elements that Gaia is trying to wrest from the corporations control.
The fact that there’s divine intervention in this one sets this post-apocalyptic fiction apart from many others. Some may hence view it as a blend of sci-fi and fantasy, while others might appreciate the spiritual element, and yet others be entirely turned off. I myself would have used the little blue lady that the women who become pregnant are seeing as evidence of ratcheting up of corporate control, letting people think they have an escape into fantasy or are protected by divine intervention, only to find that corporate has instead opened yet another rung in Dante’s hell for him. Still, I like that the author chooses to go against the grain here in a desperately overwritten genre where everyone else is more or less writing the same book over and over again. She deserves points just for trying to keep things fresh.
The other thing I enjoyed about this one that helped to set it apart from a lot of pedestrian post-apocalyptic fare was the presence of a lot of cool futuristic technology that survives the prior apocalyptic event. So it might be a dark future, but at least it feels like a possible future, rather than “forward to the past.Read more ›
Now, no business likes competition. Corporation are no different. So, when three friends all become pregnant by natural means, they are in immediate danger. When the friends begin to speak together of their fears and wonder how this natural conception occurred when everyone is supposed to be sterile, they discover all of them have recently seen a vision of a shimmering blue lady. Once the identity of this blue lady is confirmed, it becomes clear something is happening far more profound than any of them realise.
The Gaia Effect is Buss’ first novel, and speaks of the ancient and the modern, what it is to be dependent upon an overarching, largely anonymous, overseer, and, most of all, what it is to be a woman. The novel chimes with many modern day concerns, and is, I believe, a fascinating debut from an author to look out for in the years to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book! I'm not a big reader so it takes me a while to get through a book, but the sheer fact that I kept coming back to it is testament that it had me gripped. Read morePublished 22 days ago by AndyPies
This book has both a futuristic feel and a familiar feel at the same time - you recognise the world the characters are in and yet they are facing dilemmas and using technology that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne
A gripping page turner and enjoyable short story.
Would recommend reading!
I loved every minute of this book, it was a real page turner.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A very enjoyable read and intriguing premise with well crafted characters who you care about.Published 1 month ago by S M Burrows
In the Gaia Effect Claire Buss immerses us in a fascinating, futuristic world where an organisation called Corporation obsessively controls all aspects of life from producing food... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eunice Mussage
Great first book by Claire. We have watched in the background as Claire put together the book and whilst I've not read it yet, my wife is deep into it and enjoying the story very... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nick Bentley
I love the Gaia Effect. The book is set in a future with the people of City 42 who live in a self sustained community run by Corporation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin Buss
As well as a compelling story with intrigue and corruption in a post-apocalyptic world, Claire tackles the themes of motherhood, friendship and how modern technology impacts our... Read morePublished 2 months ago by T.W.