I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.PEOPLE OF THE SUN by Jason Parent
Published by Sinister Grin Press on March 15, 2017
Genres: Dark Fiction, Sci-Fi, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Alien
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All life comes from the sun. Sometimes, death comes with it.
Filled with hope and compelled by fear, four would-be heroes are driven from their home planet in a desperate bid to save their civilization from extinction. But survival takes on a whole new meaning when a malfunction sends their ship plummeting toward Earth.
Surviving the crash is only the first obstacle on their path to salvation. The marooned aliens soon discover that Earth’s beautiful exterior masks an ugly foundation, a place inhabited by a warrior race that’s on a path toward self-destruction.
Brimming with action and intrigue, People of the Sun is sure to entice fans of dark fantasy and sci-fi thrillers such as Watchmen and I Am Number Four.
"Jason Parent has penned a thought-provoking, gripping scifi thriller. This isn't your grandma's alien invasion. My own world stopped the moment I stepped into People of the Sun. Lovers of science fiction, horror and even super heroes will revel in this roller-coaster of a tale. A true must-read!" Hunter Shea, author of We Are Always Watching and The Jersey Devil
“With his own indelible blend of tension and dark humor, Jason Parent’s latest page-turner reminds me of what you’d get if you crossed Isaac Asimov with Kurt Vonnegut. In addition to being fast-paced and wildly entertaining, Parent’s novel also offers the occasional flash of insight into the human (and not-so-human) condition, and displays Parent’s talent for turning a given genre on its head.” -Michael Meyerhofer, author of The Dragonkin Trilogy
PEOPLE OF THE SUN, by Jason Parent, is a novel that combines a bit of several genres: most notably, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Thriller elements. This is–in my opinion–an emotionally potent novel, but one very “dark” in nature. An alien race known as the Symorians are preparing for a mission to save their own planet. A disastrous upset occurs, propelling their ship to a crash landing on Earth. The first humans to come in contact with them are a policeman and Connor–a good-hearted geologist, with a past that held a lot of personal sorrow. The Symorians are led by their commander, Lenyx, the only female on board–Tryst, the devious Kazi, and the good-natured Milliken.
One of the only humans whose motives for a peaceful union are pure, Connor, acts as a spokesperson for the alien race. Then, things begin to take off in a rapid series of occurrences–many unfortunately, unintended accidents due to the differences of the species.
“We came here in search of your people’s help, but instead we are met with hostility and aggression . . . “
As the aliens begin to show more signs of “human” emotions, it begins to become increasingly clear that one member, Kazi, has far different opinions and desires regarding their stay on the planet.
“. . . Kazi was turning out to be pure evil. Had he always been that way? Or had this planet made him into the monster he’d become?”
With things spiraling out of control, the Symorians begin to identify more and more with the human race: “. . . We’ve lost who we were. We aren’t becoming like them. We already are like them.”
The characterization of the aliens left nothing to be desired. These individuals become part of us, each one having identifying feelings and hopes that we “feel”, ourselves. Some, like Kazi, we identify as: “. . . far more craven, devious, worse than human . . .”. Others, like Tryst, elicit our sympathies without hesitation. Many can empathize with her sorrow over the loss of her planet.
“. . . How can I move on when there’s nothing to move on to?”
This novel has quite a few unexpected surprises, and plenty of horrific moments as well. However, it was the reflection of our human nature and capacity for evil that truly spoke volumes. Despite this being a more science-fiction style of story, there is so much truth as to how our own species judges others, that it’s difficult to say where the greater threat would be if this were a REAL occurrence.
“Even gods can fall.”
The poignant emotions, action, and unrelenting tension make this an all-around great novel, spanning multiple genres. There is something that most everyone will be able to relate to here: “. . . hadn’t known what it meant to be lonely. It left . . . hollow inside, an emptiness so bleak, . . . could no longer stand it.”
Overall, I felt this novel touched on so many levels, that most every reader will find something that they will love in this story.