Author David Litwack / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 290 Pages
The author leads you into this other world that is divided. The two opposing societal schemes are the Blessed Lands for believers and The Republic for the soulless (logic and scientific). So you have a broad landscape when you are introduced to Helen and Jason. The two of them save Kailani from a boat that wrecks before their eyes. Kailani is a pretty little girl that they estimate is about eight or nine. This is where the mystery begins and the questioning of how these two groups actually effect the lives of people. Kailani has an unusual way of asking questions about how things work. Is she ‘just’ a little girl or is there something else behind her questions and presence?
The writing in this speculative literary fiction novel has been professionally edited. I liked that it had named linked chapters. The pace of this novel is unruffled, there are no jarring portions. You are invested in the characters and what happens to them. If you enjoy books that have a different societal structure to figure out (Fahrenheit 451, Hunger Games) I think you would like this book also. If you like books that explore human nature and how we follow or decide to break from societal beliefs this might also be of interest.
About the Author
The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.
Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.
He’s published three novels so far in this new stage of his life: There Comes a Prophet, Along the Watchtower, and the recently released The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.
David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.
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