Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Kota by Sunshine Somerville


The future is an ugly place, but we are not left without hope...
Earth in Trok's day is plagued by war and the deadly DRK virus. Then his world is turned upside-down by Kota prophesies that explain how the world will be saved - prophecies that say he'll become the immortal Interceder. 
Five hundred years later, the prophesied Kota Warriors are born. Loree is gifted with perfect hand/eye coordination and invisibility. Her brother, Zaak, has mutate-genes that enhance his senses. A girl named Alex turns out to be a telepath. Her brother, Ryu, is blessed with incredible mutate-genes of strength. 
However, nothing about these children is what Trok expected, and the world is now in chaos...
Centuries of war have left entire countries in ruin, abandoned, and the global population suffers from poverty, the plague of the DRK, and oppression under a global tyranny known as the Dominion.  
Will the Warriors be able to make a difference? Working in the background, Trok knows that bringing down the Dominion and stopping the DRK will take a miracle. But how things come together surprises even him.

Here is what reviewer EJ Feddes said about The Kota:

It's rare to find a writer who can invoke a rich variety of influences without ever being derivative. Somerville does exactly that with "The Kota", presenting an original voice, a compelling story, and rich characters.

This is a difficult book to briefly summarize, because just when you think you've figured out what kind of story it's going to be, "Kota" goes in a new direction. It's big and intricate at the same time, combining pulpy action scenes with thoughtful ideas and clever and expansive world-building. "Kota" is clearly a labor of love, and you can tell the Warriors have been living in Somerville's head for a long time - they feel new and familiar at the same time, and I think that's down to just how well she knows her characters.

"Kota" occasionally evokes inspirations that I know and love. A trace of Claremont-era X-Men here, some Star Wars there, a bit of '70s Steve Gerber off to the side. But it's always just that - an inspiration. They never overwhelm or determine the course of the story, and anything that seems at first like it might be familiar quickly turns into something new and different.

The story is enthralling and the plotting is incredibly solid. It's a long book, but there isn't any fat to trim. All of it matters. And Somerville excels at explaining complicated ideas, but she can still sell a big set piece - she can involve you in the life of a man who exists outside time just as well as she can blow things up. It's exciting to see somebody this talented working in a genre that is too often filled with slapdash wish-fulfillment and barely-concealed movie pitches.

In short, it's a propulsive and powerful read with moments of genuine beauty.
To check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Kota-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00F2M61P4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1440548390&sr=1-1&keywords=the+kota

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