Beginning with the healing hand on the cover, the other-worldly, science fiction story of Proximity by M.A. George, begins.
The first-person narrative catches your attention right off the bat with short descriptive sentences. The main character, Dr. Palta Capal, readily admits to being an American born alien of parents from the Earth’s nearest habitable planet, Ononti. The list of other characters are introduced in a reasonable length of time; those with foreign names having characteristics that are easily remembered; unlike other stories where too many characters with strange names are introduced too quickly for the leisure reader to digest.
The narrative was descriptively easy to read and not “over-killed” with lines of numerous adjectives and “way out there” science fiction stuff. There are no green balls of slime, or monsters but somewhat believable space-connected circumstances. I had a feel for the personality of each character and a very clear picture of the geographical settings depicted. Each chapter ended on some measure of suspense or yearning to read about what happened next. The story moves quickly. The reader is caught off-guard on many occasions with twists to the expected storyline.
I am not usually a sci-fi reader but sincerely enjoyed this one. Of course a little romance never hurts! The author wanted the reader to feel what it would be like to be a “normal” alien (if there is such a thing). In this case, Dr. Palta Capal, is the normal alien, functioning as normally as possible in an earthly world; actually knowing no other, since she was born on Earth. She deals with her “alienness” as well as possible until she meets Eric Moran. Then life changes swiftly.
I would recommend this book to a wide audience. The appeal is very general and tasteful. I anxiously look forward to the next one in the series!
(reviewed the day of purchase)