SHELBY and SHAUNA KITT and the
By P.H.C. Marchesi
Published by Out-of-this-world Books
This story takes you on a journey. It is the story of brother and sister twins who have more than the “twin connection” that is so often written about. This is a story about finding and relying on the goodness in people and recognizing that this goodness must sometimes be exploited for the betterment of all mankind. Make no mistake in understanding that this is a science fiction novel. It requires the reader to develop and recognize a bit of new vocabulary, but with great reward. This book is a terrific read for teens and can be a challenging quest for the pre-teen reader. As a fan of science fiction and stories that inter-relate real life experiences into future events, I loved the premise, story and character development.
We get to know our young stars of the story as the author describes many of the struggles that an outsider(s) can experience at the hands of a bullying experience. (think Junior High School in Chicago!) We see that as singular individuals the twins struggle to intermingle but as a team they not only survive but, excel. Shauna and Shelby are thirteen-year-old twins. They are equally intelligent kids whom possess great creativity and uncommon cooperation in solving problems. In-fact, they hold such positive energy and presence that they are recognized amongst a sea of billions of people to help with the coming demise of our planet.
While the story begins in suburban Chicago, the potential cataclysmic events take place between a parallel earth known as Miriax and another planet known as Klodius. These two planets are as different as night and day in that Miriax exists based on the positive energy emitted by Earth and Klodius on the negative energy emitted by our mother Earth. A being from the planet Miriax, “Lendos”, travels to Earth and reaches out to assist in the survival of both our worlds. The goal is to fix the Dimensional Holes that allow Klodians to travel to and expedite the destruction of both earth and in turn, her sister planet Miriax.
The story intrigues as the children are recruited by both the President and Lendos, of Miriax. As they mature and take on the challenges of the conflicting worlds, we find that their ability to learn, heal and teach exudes a confidence not expected from persons of their age and relative experience. As the complexities of the story gravitate to new worlds, amazing creatures and the fauna of imagined places, the characters gain depth and the adventure soars.
There is no question the author of this book, P.H.C. Marchesi, is a scholar who is very well read. The grammar is flawless and the book well written in sequence. The novel flows with a dimension of expanse into the possibility of greater events and a desire to follow the characters into adulthood. The author is working on her sequel, which will delight her readers. I found this to be a spectacularly suspenseful and overall great book for anyone who enjoys science fiction or a fun read to inspire the imagination and show the empowerment of adventurous adolescents.