Monday, March 22, 2010

Beyond Corista

Author: Robert Elmer
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-71423-1
Genre: Inspirational/teens/sci fi

A course they can’t choose, a warning no one will believe…

Those who live in lush comfort on the bright side of the small planet of Corista have plundered the water resources of Shadowside for centuries, ignoring the existence of Shadowside’s inhabitants, who are nothing more than animals. Or so the Brightsiders have been taught. It will take a special young woman to expose the truth—and to help avert the war that is sure to follow.

Oriannon and her friends Margus and Wist hurtle through space on a dangerous mission, guided by the pilot stone. Their enemy, Sola, is on board as well, and Oriannon soon begins to regret rescuing the blind woman from battle. As the odd crew flies from way station to way station, Oriannon delivers the warning she received from her Mentor, Jesmet—the Troikans are coming to destroy Corista. At each location, Oriannon is met with disbelief, and soon even she begins to wonder if the threat is real. Are her visits from Jesmet only a hallucination? Oriannon must find the faith to race toward a destination only she can see.

BEYOND CORISTA is book 3 in Robert Elmer’s The Shadowside Triology, but it easily stands alone. I am not a fan of science fiction, so I am not the ideal person to promote this book, and I find some of the terminology confusing. I also find the entire plot line unrealistic—but then, that is the entire point of science fiction, right?

However, I will say that Mr. Elmer’s writing is stellar, and he obviously has a very active imagination. If you or your young adult loves science fiction, then BEYOND CORISTA is definitely a book you’ll want to consider. An excerpt from book 1, Trion Rising, is included at the end of the book. $9.99. 317 pages.

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