“Open your mind!” Dungias could imagine Thought pleading with him. “For I can do nothing with you while it is closed.”
This quotation stayed with me throughout my reading of this fascinating and complex science-fiction novel which engages the reader quickly and effectively. An open mind and willingness to think beyond oneself is the key to the characters in this book being portrayed as positive or negative, and as likeable or not.
Not only is the story original and interesting, it is also thought-provoking in terms of the values and behaviours of society, and of various groups of people that exist within it.
The story of Dungias turns a looking glass on the way in which some people and groups in society respond to difference and individuality in a powerful and very relevant way, even though the contexts are different. The resilience and personal strengths of Dungias’ character are inspiring, presenting a valuable example of how such prejudice and discrimination can be dealt with in constructive ways, yet at the same time conveying a very realistic sense of the sadness and isolation experienced even within their own families by those who live with differences and individual qualities that society finds confronting. Even so, the limitations assumed and imposed by others do not serve to define or the individual, as Dungias so profoundly demonstrates.
As the story progresses, the reader journeys with Dungias through conflict, growth and developments that bring him to understanding that “nothing in our lives is as much a discovery as it is truly a revelation”. Indeed, there is much revealed about both Dungias and the reader as this action-packed story and its secrets unfold.
‘Star Chaser’ is both entertaining and inspiring, innovative and engrossing. It’s a journey that no science-fiction fan will want to miss.
This riveting epic read has been awarded a Gold Acorn.
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