Warning: This article contains spoilers.
Before you start, please read my half-way review if you haven’t done so yet.
So after spending a while on this one, I must admit that I have some mixed feelings. I really loved the originality of the story but I admit that I really did have a problem understanding in what time the story was written. The book started with horse and carriages, and moved on to airplanes and fiats. However, I also really like the dialogue and way the story was written. It was almost poetic sometimes, even quoting poetry and philosophy. Atrium references bible quote several times and calls it “the book of ancients”. This gave me the impression that they were in the future. However, then there’s an African man they meet who doesn’t want to travel with them to the new world because people of this colour are not treated as equals and aren’t allowed in certain places.
The group in the story travels from Asia to the US, all the while trying to let Dr. Meenins remember who he is in order to lead the Longist to their new homeland. Most of the past is told through writing of a “temporal” named David and Linda Deemer’s memory.
I enjoyed the story enough to recommend it but I will say, I do think that this is one of those books that requires rereading. Perhaps if I reread it I will gain a better understanding of the timeline.
About the Author:
Stella Atrium was tired of medieval-aged science fiction with dragons and decided to do something different. The book Seven Beyond won the Bronze Award for Science Fiction 2014 Reader’s Favorite Award.