This summer I'm going to work VERY HARD at reading in my hammock. I'm going to read pages and pages of very fun books, from local authors, processing words in my brain so quickly that I will occasionally break out into a sweat. And then I will stop reading and take a sip of my (coffee, tea, beer) to fortify myself. And then I will continue.
As you can see, I've got ambitious plans.
Just when I had laid out these plans, I got an email from Patricia Marchesi, a lecturer in the Department of English at NAU. Patricia's nom de plume is P.H.C. Marchesi, and you should look her up. She's an award-winning finalist at the 2012 International Book Awards in two fiction categories, Young Adult and Science-Fiction, for her debut novel Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes.
Patricia's novel is a science-fiction/fantasy tale about two twins with special talents who are asked to take part in a dangerous mission in another space dimension on the planet Miriax. Between the two of them, they have the largest concentration of positive energy on the entire earth. It sounded look a good-vibe-hammock book. I asked Patricia if she would lend me a copy.
I received it in the mail on Friday afternoon and I finished it by Saturday night. I loved the story line, and the details were too cute. For instance, the food on Miriax is an adventure in and of itself. Eating sticky rice makes talking practically impossible, because, well, your mouth is stuck together!
There will be no spoilers, but let's just say the book follows a classic sci-fi route, and like many sci-fi books, the pleasure is in the journey (to another planet.) Space travel and inter-dimensionality; these are just the things to ponder over the relaxed days of summer.
The book also has a good theme reflecting acceptance of one's self, something that is instructive in young adult lit, but important to remember at any age. For instance, the secondary characters, Vanessa and Jit wouldn't have been able to help with the space mission if they didn't have their unique talents for resilient cheerfulness and creative thinking.
This book seems to say that it's important to look at our place in the world through both a macro and micro lens. If we're paying attention, the story makes us aware of the dichotomy of our existence. We are single beings in a very large universe. And yet, we have the ability to make a difference through our thoughts and actions.