This truly was an astonishing and vivid fantasy written by Byron A. Wells. I did read Parem first and I highly recommend that you read the Prequel to this story, it adds much enlightenment. In Amalgam there really is 3 different story lines coming to an extraordinary conclusion where all three stories merge.
Hobs is a young man how is very different from all the other villagers, he has dark hair and unusual eyes. He was raised by Ren because his parents were killed by a plague, a plague that also killed Ren’s child. Hobs is brutally attacked and left for dead, he wakes up in an underground facility that is like nothing he’s ever dreamed of.
Villagers search for Hobs, but the local bullies that have tormented Hobs for his differences decide to turn their attentions to Ren, Hobs’ adopted father. Their attack is atrocious and Ren meets a similar fate to Hobs. A villager and close female friend is also viciously attacked and drives Hobs towards his revenge filled goal.
In the underground facility, Hobs is transformed into a cybergenic organism. There is data transfers and neuro plug in type equipment embedded in Hobs.
While this is happening, the aliens that almost caused a planetary genocide return. A mysterious Valaran who survived the “cleansing in the inter-galactic war comes back into play.
This may seem like an extremely complicated plot but Mr. Wells have weaved his web and sucks you right into this world of his creating. Because it is so vividly written some of the scenes are very graphic and may not be suitable for the younger readers. Although this is a sci-fi story it was still a very easy and enjoyable read. I found Amalgam to be a sci-fi, older young adult, fantasy that I really adored. 5 Stars
This copy of Amalgam was given to me by Goodreads Making Connections Group and Byron A. Wells in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)