Finding Home follows a convict sentenced to serve life in another time. I loved the idea behind this novel. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
The first book in the series, No Way Home, follows protagonist Christine Stewart, who works for the government as a transport agent. I thought for book two, it would be interesting to write the story from the prisoner’s perspective.
I have often contemplated what the effects to society would be if the overcrowding finally became too much for our justice system to handle. What if the public refused to tolerate it? With technology advancing so quickly, it makes sense that cyber-crimes would fast become a leader in white collar crimes. What better way to exile non-violent criminals than to transport them to a time where technology was non-existent and their skills would be useless to them? The thought was equally frightening and intriguing to me.
Malcolm is an interesting and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his character development?
I wrote Malcolm as an ‘every-guy’. A man who was in a slump of sorts. He had no real future to look forward to, and he made a rash decision that was out of character for him, but one that would set him on a path he couldn’t veer from. I did not want him to be a sword-wielding hero. He needed to be relatable to explore how a normal, average person would react to being exiled hundreds of years to the past to start over.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
I felt it was important to see Hannah’s transition from a fearful, abused woman who had lost herself, to a confident, capable woman surviving in unthinkable conditions.
I also enjoyed exploring Christine’s mindset regarding her job. She struggles with the guilt of exiling prisoners with little chance of survival on their own. Yet as a law enforcement officer she took an oath to do her job to the best of her ability, and she tries to strike a balance between the two emotions.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
Book three in the series, Escaping Home, takes Christine and her crew on another adventure to 1790, Virginia and 1908, New York. Book three differs from the first two, in that the time-travelers are forced to make some very risky decisions that ultimately become life-changing. Escaping Home is slated to release on November 18.
You can list on two hands all of the things Malcolm is battling, and all of them have happened in a relatively short period of time. Things just aren’t the same anymore. Malcolm feels like the world around him isn’t real and he is no longer a part of his own life. His disconnect from reality has become so strong that Malcolm is beginning to make decisions he would otherwise never consider. Has his string of bad luck completely wrecked him? Is this truly a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Malcolm will soon find out.
Finding Home, by Christy Cooper-Burnett, chronicles the adventures of Malcolm, a man from the year 2070, who has time-travelled following his own incarceration. The book jumps quickly into Malcolm’s sudden demise and moves at lightning speed into his life hopping from one century to the next. Christine Stewart, also a time-traveler and member of the CCEA, has an important role in Malcolm’s position and is a key character from the first chapter. She is integral to multiple plots and serves to pull the book together into a neat and riveting package.
The author has created quite a unique storyline as the plot is based primarily on convicted criminals whose punishment is to be exiled to other times–Malcolm is among these prisoners. I became quickly wrapped up in this idea. The notion of having felons completely removed from their own day and time is a fantastic one and offers endless opportunities for parallel storylines.
Hannah, wife of corrupt cop, Chad, has a poignant storyline in the book, and her contribution is invaluable in many ways. Though the intent of the author may be to provide readers with a book steeped in science fiction, drama, and adventure, she has placed in the hands of her readers quite the commentary on domestic violence.
Finding Home is rare to find a riveting storyline rich in the science fiction genre that also effectively addresses social issues. I highly recommend Burnett’s work to any science fiction fan seeking a new take on time travel.
Pages: 290 | ASIN: B08ZVX7YB8
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No Way Home by Christy Cooper-Burnett is an adventurous time travel story about Christine Stewart who is a time traveler that works for Cyber Criminal Enforcement Agency (the CCEA), Los Angeles Division for a living. She escorts convicted cybercriminals back in history as a sentence for their crimes until 2070 when she takes a routine visit to Piedmont, Oklahoma in 1867, she gets stranded and is forced to hide while she waits for rescue, and a local man, John Harding takes her in after her prisoner abandons her. The CCEA’s malfunctioning transporter did not only trap her but also other time travelers who were on different missions at the time.
Author Christy Cooper-Burnett is economical with words but is still able to create a richly atmospheric world. This time travel romance is filled with intriguing characters that face one suspenseful event after another. Vivid descriptions throughout the story ensure we are well placed in the dusty trails of Oklahoma in 1867. This is an excellent contrast to the future year 2070. This stimulating contrast between times and worlds reminds me of the show Westworld, minus the robots, but with the same excellent story telling. Author Christy Cooper-Burnett shows her writing expertise in how seamlessly she switches the story from one historical setting to another without losing the plot.
The friendship between Christine and Anabelle is precious as they find solace in each other while they are stranded. Christine proves her loyalty to her when she finally manages to rescue her despite the obstacles she encounters. Their story line was, to me, the most emotional and impactful, possibly because their relationship was well defined, or just because I related to them, in either case I really enjoyed following them.
No Way Home by Christy Cooper-Bunnett has created an entertaining historical fantasy novel that blends many different genres seamlessly; romance, western, adventure, science fiction. But this is still a character driven book with an imaginative story and a thrilling twist around every corner.
Pages: 284 | ISBN: 1684337097
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