Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure
Author: Duane Simolke
Genre: MM Sci-Fi
Length: 184 Pages
Publisher: Duane Simolke (iUniverse)
Release Date: May 26, 2014
Available at: Duane Simolke, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks and Kobo
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Blurb: This revised version of Duane Simolke’s science fiction adventure Degranon features more gay characters and a sharper focus on diversity themes. On the planet Valchondria, no illness exists, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color. However, a group called “the Maintainers” carefully monitors everyone’s speech, actions, and weight; the Maintainers also force so-called “colorsighted” people to hide their ability to see in color.
The brilliant scientist Taldra loves her twin gay sons and thinks of them as the hope for Valchondria’s future, but one of them becomes entangled in the cult of Degranon, while the other becomes stranded on the other side of a doorway through time. Can they find their way home and help Taldra save their world?
Review: I must be on a roll, because this is the third sci-fi “Star Treky” kind of story that I’ve read in the past month…and I am not normally a sci-fi kind of girl. This story, however, is very well written and fun. I’m pretty sure I got the updated version because I saw a few earlier reviews mentioning a stilted and choppy story, and this was anything but.
Degranon takes place in an alternate universe where everyone is a person of some color and all have black hair. The skins tones are red, brown, or black. So I am picturing Native Americans, Hispanics, and African Americans while I read. The major difference was that most people were color blind and everything was viewed in grays. Except for those who could see were forced to keep it secret. The prevailing theme being that no one was to be perceived as different.
While I mainly read and review romance novels, it is important to point out that this is not romance, but there is love. The love is between couples and between a mother and her sons. It is not a sexual book, nor is it meant to be. It is purely science fiction and one that leaves the reader thinking about where we may be heading in the distant future. For one, I have always been told that eventually there will only be people of color and here is a story exalting that very thing. It is also a story of control and government interference with the pretense of their doing what they think is best for society, not necessarily what the people want.
The Maintainers are just that, they strive to maintain the status quo. I found that what I enjoyed most was the ease in which the world building took place, and the way that the characters came alive. I felt strong emotions from Taldra, and even though she was a strong female in her own right, she was also a mother who never forgot that being a mom came first. She is the mother of two gay twin sons. They are the reason, I believe, that is considered this a gay themed book. But the gay is so accepted that it came across as secondary and more a book about strong females. Not complaining, just my point of view.
So for those who want a thought provoking and fun sci-fi read, then I would highly recommend Degranon; so hover on over to the bookstore and check this one out. I personally would love to be a Valchondrian myself because everyone is beautiful and even those in their late 40s look twenty five years old…that works for me.
Overall Impression:I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*