Rowhan wakes up from a terrifying dream to find herself on a strange planet; worse…
She is just in time to discover that she is one of the last three aliens in a failed experiment…and that the next mooring will be their last.
Well paced, with strong and likeable characters, the tension rises as Rowhan takes on the best and worst that the planet Selene can offer in her struggle to survive and to save her friends and her new home planet … Selene.
What people are saying:
Review by Jon VanZile, Author:
The Selene Experiment is my favourite kind of debut—it combines a strong plot with strong characters and fast action, then throws in a cool setting as a bonus. The story takes place on the garden planet of Selene, where the main character Rowhan is transported after being abducted from Earth. Don’t worry, I’m not giving spoilers—she’s abducted literally in the first sentence and undergoes some kind of physically altering transformation. When she awakens again, she is a hospital setting on a foreign planet, learning how to talk and move again, and also being prepped for death. After a hasty escape with two other abductees, Rowhan quickly finds herself embroiled in a Selenese power struggle as the planet’s leaders desperately try to save the population from extinction, and Rowhan herself might have the key.
The book effortlessly straddles genres, combining elements of science fiction with old-time intrigues and cozy mysteries. Even in the middle of a war, there are salons full of politics and gossiping and plenty of maneuvering for position. Rowhan herself shines as the main character, and her shoulders are more than broad enough to carry the story. She’s plucky, smart, occasionally waspish and thoroughly present in every scene.
The plot, too, is strong and pleasantly complex. From her initial kidnapping to Rowhan’s involvement with Selenese policy makers to her desperate flight into the countryside, the story is fast-paced and features gripping action.
I recommend this book for anyone who likes smart science fiction with strong characters and lots of action. – Jon VanZile, Author
“The Selene Experiment has a very intriguing opening that creates a great sense of suspense. The characters are strong, the basic theme of the story is very interesting, with some really nice twists to the plot. The love scene is very nicely done. It’s tasteful, but it’s also pretty sexy. That’s not an easy balance to pull off!”
- Russell Rowland, Editor of the online literary magazine, www.stonesthrowmagazine.com and author of In Open Spaces and The Watershed Years.
The Selene Experiment is over 80,000 words:
Hard cover: ISBN# 978-0-9878279-2-0 cloth covered board bound book with dust jacket will be available on this site soon.
Publisher: Sandys, Heath & Balchin Publishing House Ltd.: http://shbpublishing.c