Today Kimberly Livingston reviews, Hybrids, Volume One: Trouble. Out now in the usual formats.
Hybrids, Volume One: Trouble
She sought refuge on an ocean-covered planet. She didn’t learn its codes until too late. Now she must leave to survive.
Theo’s dreams of exploring distant lands are cut short when her father betrays her.
On the run, she flees to Eridan, where Washone, the spiritual leader, is expecting her. As she is about to reach this ocean-covered planet inhabited by telepaths, she is kidnapped by a bounty-hunter. Ashta, an Eridani Savalwoman, befriends Theo, rescues her, and they land together on Eridan.
While Theo trains to become a Savalwoman – a warrior – bleak memories of past hurts relentlessly disrupt her attempts to trust herself and others.
She is unaware of her own mental powers, so when she believes that she has been betrayed once again – this time by Ashta – she nearly destroys her friend’s mind in a fit of wounded rage that blazes across the planet.
To protect Theo from those who, like ambitious Keith of Rain Forest, would like to use her powerful mind for their benefit, Washone decides that she must leave Eridan.
Can Theo convince Washone to let her stay? Or will she have to leave her new friends and go on the run again, with no place to go?
To find out and meet many other vibrant characters, pick up Trouble, the first volume of HYBRIDS, and plunge into Eridan’s ocean!
Science-fiction codes and settings serve as background to HYBRIDS, a four-volume novel by Jennie Dorny, aimed at general readers as well as speculative fiction fans.
Review by Kimberly Livingston
While reading Jenny Dorny’s Trouble, the first of four volumes in her Hybrids series, I tried to find a novel to compare it to. While there are dozens of science fiction authors and books I could have used, my thoughts gravitated to the modern forefather of world-building—JR Tolkien and his Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Dorny created not only settings and characters who are otherworldly but a whole new language as well which she intersperses throughout the novel. Like watching a movie in subtitles, eventually, the foreign words merge with our own and we assimilate.
And the same as Tolkien’s pacing matches the thoughtful and laidback habits of his Hobbits, so does Dorny’s take up the frenetic futuristic pace of hers. Her scenes jump from character to character, setting to setting, a fast tempo tumbling into the Hybrid universe. Dorny paints a clear picture of each of her characters and settings, from the underwater world and creatures so like our own ocean, to the inside of the minds of her telepathic characters.
I fell in love with Theo’s toughness and vulnerability. She is a strong lead character who easily carries the plot along. With a large cast of supporting characters, Dorn’s Hybrid series is sure to capture the hearts of science fiction fans everywhere.
About Jennie Dorny
Jennie Dorny was born in 1960 in Newton, Massachusetts. She lives and works in Paris with her three cats. She is both French and American. She studied American literature and civilization, Italian and history of art at three Parisian universities. She wrote her Master’s thesis about contemporary Irish poetry after spending a year in Dublin. She loves words and languages, and she can spend hours exploring a thesaurus. Over the years, she has studied Spanish, Japanese, Hindi and sign language, and recently took up Italian again. She has published in French Gambling Nova (1999), Eridan (2002) and Les Cupidons sont tombés sur la tête (Mischievous Cupids gone Crazy, 2007). Gambling Nova and Eridan are partial, earlier versions of Hybrids; science-fiction novels that in many ways deal with the question of gender.
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