Monday, August 27, 2012

Review: Other Systems by Elizabeth Guizzetti

Other Systems by Elizabeth Guizzetti

Ten large ships race toward Earth, broadcasting in every language: "Brothers and sisters, we come in peace and in need. We have found our way home." The fear of a coming invasion begins the worldwide riots of 3062.

Yet, not all Earthlings fear attack. The newcomers, long lost descendants of Earth, speak of a paradise ninety-four light years away. Kipos is a land of plenty where there has never been hunger, murder, or war. However, they need more healthy young immigrants for the colony to thrive.

Many accept their offer to be tested. After assessment, Abby Boyd Lei is among the chosen. She leaves the protection of her family with dreams of higher education, a good job, and a kind-hearted spouse.

Will Kipos be everything she imagined? Abby is about to discover the cost of utopia.

My Thoughts:
Other Systems follows Abby from Earth as she makes the decision to leave some of her family, knowing she will never see them again, in search of a better life.  Before leaving home, Abby is very idealistic and naive. She is 17 and thinks she is ready for a husband and children. She is not prepared for what her new life has in store for her and she has a lot of growing up to do. There is some mature subject matter, including rape, but it is handled well and without being graphic. Sci-fi lovers will appreciate all of the information about space travel, new organisms, different species of humans, and discovering new planets. 

My Rating: ****
Steam Factor: !!
*Notes: Strong language, deals with mature subject matter such as suicide, rape, and homosexuality.

Where to get it:

Barnes & Noble

About the author (from her website):
Elizabeth begun her career as an artist. She has created over 100 paintings, three graphic novels and a comic book series. Other Systems is her first published novel.
Other Systems was inspired by NASA's Kepler mission (the search for other Earthlike Planets) and the idea that once humans colonize another planets that we will change into something else.
Elizabeth currently lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs.

Where to find the author:
Other Systems 
Elizabeth Guizzetti

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