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Splintered Energy (The Colors Book 1) by [Webb, Arlene]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in The Colors (4 Book Series)

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  • Print Length: 364 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055L2FHU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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I wasn't expecting such an excellent novel when I downloaded this for free. The writing flowed and dragged me along on a puzzling and exciting trip. I've never read anything like it. Arlene Webb has woven a fantastic tale of emotions drawn out of colours and the random bodies they inhabit. I became totally engrossed and couldn't wait to read the nest section. Close to the end, I couldn't see how it would end. I must admit to disappointment that further reading would be needed to sort everything out. Easy to do. Download the next book. But wow! What a read this one was.
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Splintered Energy is one of those books that only comes along once in a blue moon. It's innovative, exciting and well written. It will make you laugh, cry, sigh with satisfaction and moan with frustration. I have to admit to bias with this book because I've read it more than once and helped to critique it. My son designed the cover, but please believe me when I say this book is special. You'll not have read anything like it before. The characters will live with you long after the book is finished.

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.
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Written as a “The Review Group” Review Volunteer, see http://thereview2014.blogspot.co.uk

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.
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But I couldn't bear the rest of the books - my disbelief became unsuspended, and somehow the writing seemed to get worse - I suspect pot-boilerism.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars 53 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome adventure 19 Oct. 2013
By Joseph H. Webb - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't remember a book that captured my imagination more than when i started the Foundation series by Asimov. Ms. Webb's writing style just grabbed me and engulfed me into her world of colors. I just purchased the next in series looking forward to my next spectral journey. Highly recommended.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange way to write a book. . 5 Dec. 2012
By firestone - Published on Amazon.com
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I truly like the premise of this story. . .very inventive and exciting story. However, none of the books in this 4-book story stands on its own merits (as the description of the book states). Each book ends without any resolution, so it becomes necessary to read the next book in the series. My opinion is that this is a really stupid way to write ONE story. Yes, I'm reading the entire series, but I must say that I'm completely exhausted. The writer has a tiring style, and could use the help of a competent editor. It is rare for her to write a standard sentence: you know, subject, verb, object. In addition to the necessity to re-read sentences and paragraphs to figure out to whom stray pronouns refer, it is also very easy to forget plot elements because of all the irrelevant verbiage. Too bad Ms. Webb is not a believer in strong, short sentences, and the advantages of getting to the *&#^$% point! In short, the story is a good one. Irrelevant scenes and plenty of blather clutter it up. Hard not to think it is done simply to sell more books. I won't be reading anything else by Ms. Webb, as I have a life outside of reading (and reading and reading and reading). Upon further thought: Author's vision, plotline and gradual exposition of the underlying "mystery" are excellent. My star rating is based upon that. I wasn't bothered by one-dimensional characters or the relationships between them. Some nice prose here and there, too. But the story lends itself to a sparse, clean telling, more appealing to the scientifically-minded. Her strength is in the thinking, not particularly in the telling. Maybe she can partner up with a writer; one who knows that, after all, not every little thing that we excrete is precious, or share-worthy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Colors of the Rainbow Come to Life in this Amazing Book 16 Jun. 2014
By Thîãš Lïght - Published on Amazon.com
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Couldn't put it down. I started reading this book having no idea what I was getting into. A girl the color of seaweed and a guy the color of ice (with a personality to match too). A fiery demon man who just wants to play and his orangecreamsicle cohort who is not as weak as her tiny form alludes. All these characters, a pizza boy and a divorcee tangle up to make one of the best stories I've ever read! Literally the colors of the rainbow come to life in this amazing story about self discovery and redemption.

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,
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique sci-fi series 20 Sept. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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A fun read that is difficult to put down. I'll have to get the next in this series just to satisfy my curiosity as to what these color beings are and where they come from. There is a whole lot of great, well written action, some romance, which suits me just fine. She's a new author to me and I am thrilled to have discovered her.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Sci-Fi Novel 15 Jun. 2014
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Splintered Energy by Arlene Webb is a sci-fi novel. It is action-adventure with a hint of romance and oh so much more. I was fascinated with this book right from the start. There is a lot going on but the author does a great job with the flow of the story so I wasn't confused...that much. My confusion doesn't reflect badly on the book. I am use to reading fluffy romances so it was a nice change of pace to read such a complex story. The whole concept of the spectrum of colors was interesting and well thought out. Highly recommend!
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