Book Title: The Vanished Birds
Author: Simon Jimenez
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Release Date: 1/14/20
Star Rating: Stunning debut novel
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in return for an unbiased review.
“A mysterious child lands in the care of a solitary woman, changing both of their lives forever, in this captivating debut of connection across space and time.”
This is a well crafted book, beautifully written. It’s easy for the reader to become attached to the main characters. Nia is a woman who lives a painfully lonely life, traveling through space in service to her employer. She stays the same age as she travels, while everyone she knows at home grows old and dies. She makes a connection with a strange, young boy who has the potential to completely change space travel. They grow attached to each other and a beautiful friendship develops. However, their world is one controlled by unbridled capitalism. Corporations completely control the use and advancement of technology and they only want to control the boy’s future.
The novel is complicated. Beautiful, heartbreaking, hopeful, lonely, and imaginative. It’s another really good book of the sort that I find very hard to write about. How do you properly convey your feelings about a thing? This is why I’m not an author, and why I so admire people like Mr. Jimenez, who seem to do so with such grace.
I fully recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction … heck, and even those who don’t.
Song for this book: Total Eclipse of the Heart – Jill Andrews