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Angie Lofthouse has published a dozen sci-fi and fantasy short stories in such publications as NFG, AlienSkin, Amazing Journeys, The Sword Review, Dragons, Knights and Angels, Irreantum, and Unparalleled Journeys. She is an editor for Mindflights Magazine.
Her sci-fi adventure novel, Defenders of the Covenant, is now available.
She lives in a little canyon in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains with her family of writers, artists, singers, composers, illustrators and musicians.
on Aug. 06, 2012 :
This story starts with a bang -- giant humanoid robots ravage Provo, Utah (famous for a certain scene in the movie Fletch and, ahem, my home town), and take all the children, including Carly Emerson's two-year-old son Caleb… right off the planet.
As the survivors of the attack try to scrape together lives in the rubble, Carly and her husband Jacob are called to participate in a special effort at the direction of the church -- they are asked to have another child, to be given to the church and raised in a special place of refuge, safe from the alien attackers, and become the next generation of Zion.
So the story is War of the Worlds meets A Handmaid's Tale, played out in the lives of people who might otherwise be ordinary go-to-church Mormons, full of doubts and fears and trying to do their best. Its proud of Mormons' self-sufficiency and communitarianism, and doesn't sugarcoat the conflicts between individuals' hearts and what they are sometimes asked by the church to do. I loved this book, and you will, too.
(reviewed the day of purchase)