Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Universal Alien by Gini Koch (review)
Universal Alien by Gini Koch is part of the imaginative 'Alien' series that features Katherine (Kitty) Sarah Katt-Martini, but this particular tale involves a glimpse of the occupants of another corner of the multiverse and showcases the talent of Kitty's daughter, Jamie. A serious political error, combined with a severe head injury, thrusts Kitty into an alternate universe that provides a look at a plethora of situations that explore the results of a different pathway chosen. Unfortunately, there are still villains who have very dangerous agendas that will escalate the danger to Kitty and her loved ones, but no matter what the challenge, Kitty and her doppelganger will rise to the challenge.
The science fiction genre can occasionally overwhelm one with esoteric concepts and an overabundance of facts until one is almost bored to tears. That is definitely NOT the problem with this rollercoaster ride of a story. It is already remarkable to think of a world with Kitty in it, especially given the amazing situations she gets into...having a story that answers some of the 'what-if's' from the series in an alternate universe is even more fascinating.
The trademark sarcasm and humor that characterizes this unique heroine is given the foil of a world that lacks aliens and their superpowers, which is contrasted with a version who has only her quick intellect, innate practicality, and boundless loyalty to arm her in a bewildering environment. I am fascinated by this author's ability to offer an entertaining story that still manages to offer commentary on the misunderstandings possible when different cultures interact, and the added insight into the fears that any parent deals with is given an inventive twist that naturally adds to the mystique that is Kitty---whether her last name is Martini or Reynolds.
I adore the fact that these stories highlight both the mind-expanding possibilities of a world that accepts aliens and remarkable scientific advances even as they show the wonderful relationships, romantic, interpersonal, and professional between all of these charismatic folks.
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I received a copy of this title in return for an honest review.