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Karen A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but moved every few years throughout her childhood and adolescence. After college in California, law school in Massachusetts, and a mercifully short stint in a large San Francisco law firm, she moved to Los Angeles. There she met her husband, who hates L.A. They eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University.
Wyle has been a voracious and compulsive reader as long as she can remember. She majored in English and American Literature major at Stanford University, which suited her, although she has in recent years developed some doubts about whether studying literature is, for most people, a good preparation for enjoying it. She has been reading science fiction for several decades, but also gobbles up character-driven mysteries and historical fiction, with the occasional foray into anything from chick lit to military history.
Wyle's voice is the product of almost five decades of reading both literary and genre fiction. It is no doubt also influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of practicing appellate law. Her personal history has led her to focus on often-intertwined themes of family, communication, the impossibility of controlling events, and the persistence of unfinished business.
Wyle and her husband have two essentially-grown and wildly creative daughters, as well as a sweet but neurotic dog.
Danielle Tara Evans
on May 20, 2013 :
In Reach, the story begins where the first novel left off. The Twin-Bred, along with Mara, and a few others leave their planet in a spaceship, hoping to find a new home. Since they had failed to bring the Tofa and human species together and are no longer welcome anywhere on Tofarn, they begin a new and risky journey in space. The issues on their home planet are not forgotten, however, since host mothers and a pair of Twin-Bred have stayed to lead separate lives.
This novel moves along at a much quicker pace than the first one. As they venture into the unknown, you will want to keep reading to find out what will happen to them. Will they find a new home? Will they remain safe out in space? If they find a new home, will they be welcome there? Or will it be even more dangerous than the planet they left behind?
Meanwhile, back on Tofarn, the situation between the humans and the Tofa appears to be worsening. In Reach, the scenes flip back and forth between Mara with the Twin-Bred and the problems that remain on Tofarn. Both are equally enthralling, and as all the events unfolded, I found myself to be drawn into this world, or rather, this universe. Once again, Karen A. Wyle does not disappoint with her flawless writing.
I felt a stronger connection with the main characters in this novel as I rooted for them to finally find some peace. It was fascinating to learn more about the Tofa as well, who have abilities that were never realized before.
After reading the first Twin-Bred novel, Reach is a sequel that will answer any questions you may have had. You will delve further into the story of Mara and the Twin-Bred, and you will see how much this is a reflection on our own world. This is definitely a book worth reading!
(reviewed the day of purchase)