Khe is the name of the main character in this story. The females of this race are called doumanas and they are all a part of the soumyo race. Their lives appear to be communal, with the men and woman living separately. Khe is happy as a country doumana working in the fields along side her fellow doumanas. It is soon discovered that Khe has a defect and is not able to reproduce. Since Reproduction equals survival, Khe is sent to a research facility to be fixed. Her problem is fixed, but it forever changes her. Whether this change is for the good of the community or not is to be seen.
Khe is disgruntled and decides that she needs to find the people who fixed her and get rid of the side effects. On her way to the research center she has many adventures and meets some interesting people. She soon discovers that all the things she’s been told her entire life are lies intended to keep her and her people subservient. She fights to keep her sanity as she comes to terms with the new knowledge she has gained. This story gives new meaning to ignorance is bliss.
Khe is most terrified by what the scientist and the Powers have done to her. Will these changes make her into a savior for her race or the destroyer?
Let me first say that I am a sci-fi lover so this was a nice break from some of the other stuff I’ve been reading lately. I must say I was impressed by the world the author created. She used colors to describe the emotions of her characters. These colors were visible on the creatures skin. I think it would be wonderful if you could tell if someone was truthful, angry, ashamed or happy by looking at their skin. I also loved the characters she created. It was easy to love Khe and hate the Lumani. I also like the illustrations. They gave the reader a peek at what the author thought the characters looked like in her head while she was writing.
What I didn’t like was some of the scenes are disconnected. For example, there was no explanation for what called Khe and her band of friends to action or how they came to this final plan. Maybe it was intentional by the author but it through me for a loop.
Overall I was very impressed with this story and it is perfect for all age groups. It is well written and contained only a few minor editing errors. This author is one to watch. She has skills. With that said I gave this book four and half stars because I couldn’t put it down.
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