Small Press Bookwatch: April 2018
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Power of the U’Tanse
Wire Rim Books
9781935236696, $14.99, PB, 266pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: The only other race that had rebelled against the Cerik, the Delense, had been totally exterminated, but they had left a legacy in the form of their technology and a hydroelectric plant that had allowed the Free U’tanse to live and flourish. But when it was damaged, Joshua’s people were without a source of energy to run their vehicles and filter their air.
There was only one way to get the power they needed to survive — take it from the Cerik. But how could they do that without bringing down the wrath of the planet’s top predators?
“Power of the U’Tanse” is part of science fiction author Henry Melton’s generation-spanning Project Saga which examines humanity’s destiny, both in the Earth Branch where a nearby supernova destroyed our civilization and we were forced to rebuild with powerful new technologies, and in the U’tanse Branch where a psychically-gifted splinter of humanity, taken away as slaves, make their way on a world that can never be their own.
Critique: Written by an author with a genuine flair for narrative driven storytelling and a master of the science fiction genre, “Power of the U’Tanse” is an extraordinarily imaginative and entertaining read from beginning to end. While very highly recommended for community library science fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated science fiction fans that “Power of the U’Tanse” is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).