Monday, January 31, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: The Universe Parallel by Traci Harding
Author: Traci Harding
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: December 2010
In the Universe Parallel, Taren Lenox and Lucian Gervaise land on a utopian planet of immortal psychics. It shares an orbit with their lost planet, Maladaan -- inhabited by a race that cannot abide psychism. Their saviours believe Taren and Lucian to be incarnations of their great ancestors, come to help them remove the alien planet from their star system.
Aided by her new allies, Taren moves to retrieve her lost memories from the Maladaan Secret Service?s memory bank in Esponisa. She discovers that the way to return Maladaan to its rightful universe and future, lies ten years in her past...
Superb storytelling and grand adventure from this best-selling and ever-popular author
The Universe Parallel is the second book in the Triad of Being series and the twelfth book by author Traci Harding. I enjoy reading Australian authors of speculative fiction, and Traci is one of the most prolific ones in Australia. Her books are always a delight to read with well developed characters and interesting plots.
As the title suggests, this book is set in various times and places with various versions of characters working to prevent a cataclysmic disaster as foretold by the lord of the Otherworld’s mother. I loved the way that Harding uses past and present versions of characters throughout her story in a very fresh and interesting manner. Having characters travel in time to set the planet of Maladaan back to its correct universe could be setting oneself up for a very clichéd and predictable plot, but not in the case of The Universe Parallel.
I would suggest reading the first book in this series before attempting this sequel though as events and characters may become confusing without this background knowledge.