I've been a fan of Chrystala Thoma's ever since she released her novella "Dioscuri" at through MuseItUp Publishing. She paints vivid pictures of alternate realities with the stroke of a master artist. The world she creatwes in "Rex Rising" is certainly no exception. So many sci-fi authors put wings on a hionda and call it a votexbike or something, or call their rabbitlike creatures "smeerps."
Chrystala unfolds something totally different here. boats are boats. people are people. And parasites and symbiants create whole new strains of humnanity. It provides a surrealistic background for the story of Elei and his flight from unkown enemies who are sure he carries a secret that could change the world's order.
The story moves along with the skill of an expert storyteller, and the climax is a nail-biter. I had my reader turned open to this book constantly as I followed along.
Her characters are rich, real, and flawed in ways that help us to identify with them all.
Put this one on your "must-read" list, and make room for it, because once you start, you won't want to stop.