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Molting of a Queen: A sci-fi novella Paperback – December 1, 2021
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Can a new world heal an old wound?
Nina Carson is a part of a health & safety team and wants nothing more than to curl up with a bottle of wine to drown out the voice of her long-dead twin brother.
But when the team’s helicopter hits a mysterious storm and falls through a hole in the sky, it crashes on an alien world ruled by insects, and everything changes.
Survival in this alien world requires more than finding water & shelter. It also means Nina must learn to trust her own instincts — even when they go against all she’s ever learned. Because something in this strange world is trying to make a mental connection with her, and its intent is unknown.
If you like lost worlds, daring adventure, and unique aliens, you’ll love Molting of a Queen, the latest sci-fi adventure from author Peter J. Foote.
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- Publisher : Peter J. Foote (December 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 130 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1777583713
- ISBN-13 : 978-1777583712
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.33 x 8 inches
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Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2022
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This was a quick and enjoyable read. A definite "alternate worlds" feel without the usual scifi tropes. Don't expect spaceships, militant violence, or damsels in distress. Foote tells the story while maintaining a strong female protagonist and a satisfying conclusion that, without giving too much away, doesn't resort to violent conquest.
By DawnDe on July 17, 2022
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The story's protagonist is Nina, a surviving twin suffering from the trauma of witnessing her brother's tragic death in their childhood. She's cut herself off from the positives of life, but the crash gives her a jolt and the strange chemistry of the world she's stumbled into begins to soothe her demons. Her arc in the story is somewhat paralleled by Harrison, her fellow crashee who she sees the darker parts of herself reflected in.
A thoroughly enjoyable read and stress-free escape from our own troubled times. I highly recommend this novella as a bookend to your day.
I was rivetted with the story and intrigue from the start. The story starts in the midst of action and delivers it throughout the story.. The feel of the story is very much like the old style of Pulp SF but with a modern way. We have a great female protagonist in Nina Carson.
You can give me all the Laura Croft movies or anything with The Rock and I'd take joy in watching those films. But this character of Nina has far more depth and challenges that mean something to her in this story. It took travelling through a portal and meeting aliens for Nina's humanity to be reflected (and those of the other characters) and challenged her to do something about it.
The best SF gets us to look at ourselves and study our own humanity. Peter did this very well and I cannot wait to read more stories. I hope more come soon set in the same world as it's ever so fascinating and I wanted more. So I took a long time to read it so it would not end so quickly for me. : )