If you read only one novel this year, it should be "Sovereign's Son". This is a novel where the past meets the future and the new generation meets the old. It is a novel with something to say about our history, ecology and our very nature as humans. More
Sovereign’s Son is an original work of thoughtful, futuristic fiction and takes place in the aftermath of climate change, geological upheavals and global epidemics. The great cities of the world lie empty. Human populations have been reduced to a fraction of pre-cataclysmic times and national governments have ceased to exist. Humanity has reorganized into isolated city-states surrounded by vast areas of disorganized and violent areas of “Outsiders”. Vestiges of old world technology and government still exist in the new “Sovereign” cities while it is postmodern feudalism among the Outsiders. The Cascades is the most powerful of these self governing cities. It is ruled by an aging and brilliant dictator-scientist, Dr.Rand (reference Ayn Rand) who has the population organized as the ultimate corporation. The main character, Colin, is confronted with the knowledge he is not the orphan he has always believed. He is a clone, created by Director Rand to furnish body parts for transplant. With the heroic efforts of his adoptive mother, Colin escapes the Cascades only to be pursued by security forces and bounty hunters. He travels through an unfamiliar land polluted by toxic waste and inhabited by drug addicts and religious fanatics as he tries to escape his ‘father’. Colin meets Maria who is seeking to escape the barbarity of drug runners and drunks in a rundown town named Nazareth, where she has lived since her family was killed. Together they seek peace in the deserted mountains of New California that are rumored to be the home of alien ‘Visitors’ who are much feared but never seen. Instead, they are captured by the forces of a religious zealot and taken to New Jerusalem. They are pressed into a biblical based bondage by the high priest of New Jerusalem who seeks to govern by the laws of the Old Testament. I have incorporated a number of present day issues into the storyline of this novel. Readers will recognize problems of nuclear waste, climate change and religious fanaticism. There are also references to literary figures and philosophical questions on the nature of man. But more importantly, this novel is a good read that moves at a brisk pace and is populated with characters who live and love on a grand scale.