Monday, October 3, 2011

Echoes of Savanna by Lucinda Moebius - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from the author's website)
Every generation has its defining moments, events that change history and turn the course of lives. Forever will the children of that generation be defined by those moments.

Savanna Taylor is a medical doctor in 2036, the same year terrorists release a series of plagues and viruses into the world. She is a nineteen year old Brain Trust whose task it is to find a cure for the diseases and develop vaccines to prevent their further spread. The world is thrown in turmoil and Savanna needs to find a way to survive with her sanity and family intact. She needs to find a safe Haven for herself and for those she loves.

Can Savanna cope in a world in constant flux brought on by war and disease? Can she save the world and protect her loved ones or will she make the ultimate sacrifice? How will she be defined?

My Thoughts:

This is an intriguing story line, and there is something that is strangely disconcerting about the possible reality being explored in the story. Bio-terrorism is not so fictional in this day and age, and I think fiction is a good place to explore the possiblities of what that reality would look like in the world as we know it.

The author does explore not only bio-terrorism and the possible reality of what that might look like, she also explores the choice that become possible with genetic alteration, cryogenics and a host of other things that might be considered "normal" one day if the Lord tarries His second coming. The entire story line is errily possible, and for me, really caused me to consider my own faith and life choices in the shadow of a very real future for my kids, and me if I live long enough. I enjoyed exploring these things, and was left a bit unsettled - if I'm honest. Since the dawn of time mankind has wrestled with trying to control God's creation by one means or another, and the bottom line is, only God is God.

I didn't find a strong faith thread, but if you are a believer, you will be led to think about your faith in a different way. The only thing I found kind of "clunky" (for lack of a better word) is the transition in plot lines and time progression. More than once I felt like I was suddenly dropped from one story into another...the connection of changes and connectedness wasn't very smooth at times. However, overall, I liked the story and think it is an effective way to ponder the possibilities of the future.

About the Author:
Lucinda Moebius grew up in the mountains of Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Her mother taught her to read when she was four years old and since that time books have been her constant companions. She has a Bachelors Degree in English Teaching, a Masters in Educational Leadership and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education. Lucinda supports her writing habit by teaching High School and College. She currently lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, stepson and their dog and cat.

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