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- Print Length: 364 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499614128
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0055L2FHU
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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It's the story of what happens at dawn one fateful morning when light splinters. Seven die at locations all over the States and seven new beings are unleashed on the world. They occupy host bodies, inheriting personality traits but not memories. All they want is to return to wherever it is they came from. How - is the question. Where that place is - another. Arlene Webb takes readers on an exciting adventure along with the colors and the humans as they try to reunite with those still missing while battling innocence, psychopathic malevolence and the authorities. It's a struggle for survival.
Splintered Energy is a first contact book, set in contemporary America. For this, Ms. Webb has chosen to have the aliens come to Earth, rather than get involved in our own space travel. This first contact does not appear to have been deliberately sought out. Rather, it seems to be an unintentional fallout from an event which, at the end of the book, is still veiled in obscurity. The aliens themselves have no memory of it, and the technological establishments of Earth have not become involved. The encounter is with regular middle-class Americans rather than the military or scientific communities. The title reveals something of the core of the book--the group of aliens are split and identified by the colours of the spectrum.
There is a strong sense that as individuals they are incomplete, and that only in recombination can they regain their real identity--whatever that is. Unfortunately the original event that split them apart also scattered them across the United States, so a considerable part of the plot deals with their journeys. These are random at first, but gradually become purposeful.
Each colour has a separate personality, ranging from benign to rampantly violent, but each is polarised and immature in very distinctive ways. I have to confess I could not really understand why the specific personalities had been chosen by Arlene, nor why they are so strongly gendered. However, the portrayal is consistent throughout the book, so is clearly meaningful. It was also effective as a story device--the separate aliens had unique identities, but always with the sense that once reunited, they would be so much more whole. Near opposite ends of the spectrum, Blue is intellectual, obsessed with the passage of time, and an organiser. Red is pure action, immensely strong, impatient and impulsive. We don't meet all of the colours in this book, so the purpose of each within the whole remains a mystery.
Many readers will like the open ending of this book--as part of a tightly linked series it simply pauses rather than finishing. Most of the questions raised by the story are unanswered. I presume that Ms. Webb will resolve the gaps in both the human and alien stories, together with the missing pieces of the narrative, in later volumes of the series.
You would like Splintered Energy if you enjoy science fiction where futuristic exploits intersect today's society. It's definitely an "everyman" book as regards the human side--people are resourceful, loyal, confused, and have mixed motives, but are neither specially trained nor influential. Don't expect space opera or galaxy-spanning battles--instead you will explore a handful of people trying to make sense of a weird situation. It's a long book, and you should expect to put in considerable commitment if you go on to tackle the rest of the series.
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You may get bored with Blue's over analysis, but just think of how amazing it is a feat to write such a stern character that keeps with the original personality (you'll understand when you read this awesome book)
Take a chance,