The story begins with Dr. Ursula von Menglebort, an extremely skilled geneticist on the breakthrough of a discovery that could potentially rid the world of Olympyans. Over in Olympia,the Ponce Heridon Instittue headed by the young but talented Dorf Tzeus accelrated their work in order to combat all anatgonistic efforts through the development of vaccines. Along the way, many different interesting characters and their adorable pet sidekicks get entangled with the happenings. Their series of misadventures include everything from weaponized prosthetic limbs to animal antics that foil villainous plots.
This is a sophisticated and incredibly detailed universe. It took a while to catch on- but once I caught up with all the somewhat difficult to pronounce names (Olympyon and Valympyon and whatnot), I was totally immersed. It’s a sweeping epic with enough nuance to make it engaging.
It’s also a surprisingly humorous story. Although the humor is hidden in fun little pockets- in the puns (the world of Auithar) and the gems that Izzy sprouts. The little comic relief goes a long way in what is a pretty intense book.
It was also strange to be reading about the dangers of biological warfare in times like these. I felt like it was resonant with what the world is experiencing now, but also provided a sense of objectivity regarding the true danger and politics of it. Despite this being a fictional book, I felt like a lot of what was written regarding the development of bioweaponry rang true.
Throughout, I was stunned by the creativity and imagination that must have gone into making this novel. There’s also a fantastic Dyzzleberry dictionary at the end. This novel has all the best elements of a science fiction fantasy while remaining strikingly original. Probably because of the way it integrates the reality of our own Earth into the story- there’s chapter names like Fake News and Kan-Du Attitude.
IZ – The Saga: Creation is a smart, creative, and fast-paced adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole ride. I was thoroughly charmed by Izzy and Chico and was enraged by the insidious and manipulative plotting of the Valympyians. I’m excited for whatever these pair of authors and their fantastic world have in store for me.
The Modronovich Incident by RL Dean is a sci-fi mystery set in outer space and told from the perspective of Beatrice, a pilot and wreck driver. She is tipped off about a mysterious case in which the Modronovich, a cargo ship testing an advanced Newtonian drive, went missing. Bea is intrigued by this case and pulls some strings to get a crew on board so that she can take a deep dive to find it. However, after facing endless obstacles and dead ends, she is forced to give it up. Until, a figure central to the case finally appears. Bea is finally able to put together the missing pieces and finds a shocking revelation at the heart of the puzzle.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book- I read it in just a few sittings and found it nearly impossible to put down. Not only are the premise and plot captivating, but the perspective from which it is shown is also perfectly captured. Beatrice is the perfect window into this futuristic world- the secrets, conspiracies, and revelations are portrayed through her eyes. From the first scene itself, RL Dean masterfully creates an air of suspense and tension, without losing me on an overdose of tech jargon.
RL Dean also managed to create strong female characters in powerful positions. They were ready to save the day, irrespective of which situation happened to arise. Their voices were deftly handled for the most part, except for a few questionable allusions to the ‘women love shopping’ trope. Especially Bea, who handled professional trouble and a petulant mother like any real woman do, with exasperation and a determination to bring her life back on track.
Another aspect that I found great joy in were the ‘Harvey Editorial’ snippets at the beginning of each chapter. They offered short insights, dialogue, or debate on the current day affairs of the future. They were funny, quirky, and often harkening back to our very own 21st century. These were everything from a sassy quip on a politician to a gloomy proclamation of the world ending (I guess some things never change).
All in all, this is a rewarding and thrilling read from start to finish, and I would recommend it to everyone.
Pages: 171 | ASIN: B07Z282VB4