Sunday, March 4, 2012

Aliens versus bureaucrats - humanity in the balance

Sue's VisionSue's Vision by Andrew D. Carlson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Sue’s Vision is Andrew Carlson’s second novel in a debut series that continues the story of a group of alien clones sent to Earth with an important message for its inhabitants. With Homeland Security handler Ted, and a small team of scientists in New York, we learn that this special group has brought more than just a message for mankind.

Carlson allows the story to steadily progress through its plot, and while there isn't much new depth for individual characters, the stakes are raised for them and fans in a couple of ways. First, as each of the clones settle into normal life, Carlson introduces them to experiences that include everything from settling in at work to dealing with relationships.


Second, as the group enjoys a brief reunion, they receive a new message from deep within their DNA. Simultaneously, Ted’s scientists in New York make a series of related findings, setting the stage for a conflict of clones versus big government bureaucracy. This is where the lines converge and our clones begin to face the dilemma between their desire for a normal life and a mission of global importance.


Sue’s Vision offers the reader Carlson’s steady, kid-friendly style of dialogue with elements of suspense in the plot. It’s a wonderful family story and something a young adult might also enjoy. Carlson carefully balances our real world with enough believable science fiction to make this a unique and enjoyable read. This is a four-star alternative to the edgy, sometimes graphic, elements in modern science fiction. If you like Cocoon, then you must try Sue’s Fingerprint and now, Sue’s Vision.


Tom Clementson (Kindle Book Review)

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