The Brane Skip device may provide a way for humanity to overcome the light-speed barrier and finally head for the stars. It seems like magic to Lisa Chang, the young engineer in command the first crewed test flight, and Lisa doesn’t believe in magic. But she does believe in the mission. Humanity must explore space in order to survive and prosper, and she feels honored to be among the first to go where no one has gone before. She does not know what will happen when the Brane Skip engages. She thinks it will do nothing. She fears it will explode. She does not expect it will cast them adrift in space and on a collision course with a fantasy version of Earth, complete with dragons, orcs, and wizards.
Unfortunately, this is exactly what happens.
This is a massively over due review, and I’d like to take the chance now to extend my deepest regrets to D. L. Morreese for taking so long.
- I’m going to start with the fact that this was a hilarious blend of the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Role Play genres. Starting out, you’re in hard science, and the world develops along expected lines – research, experiments, scientists and other such. Within a few chapters, however, you find yourself shifting gears as you enter a medieval world with it’s own rules. That’s where the role play games come in – a little more scientific than true fantasy, but definitely not actual history.The setting for both the science world and the fantasy world are built up layer by layer, making it fun to explore each of them further and further as the story unfolds.
- As carefully as the settings are built up, the characters follow the same idea. Each one is introduced, a little history is provided for them, so the reader can keep track of who’s who in the story, then the real development work begins. Each has a nice depth to them, and their own unique view point that gets a chance to shine through to highlight different pieces of the tale. The only one I found myself a little confused with, starting out, was the Doctor. I though he was a psychiatrist, not a medical doctor at first. Was a bit of a shock when that clarified, but added to the overall value to the tale.
- Morrese handles the steady build up of tension throughout the story very well. A few small “pops” here and there to highlight important pieces, or to add humor value to the setting, which made the overall story more memorable and enjoyable.When I finished, I knew I’d had a satisfied read. In fact, I started this one late, and really didn’t want to put it down when I realized just HOW late it was – I had that much fun with it.
Overall score? 5 out of 5 paws from this pukah. I’ll need to give it a bit, for the story to settle, but I know I’m looking forward to coming back to it and reading it again. Something tells me there are a few more layers under the surface that I didn’t find this time.
If you want to pick up your own copy of Brane Child, you can find a copy of it on Amazon Here.