Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Time to Talkback: Review on Chimera by Vaun Murphrey

The Authors had their time to talk now it's Time to Talkback. This gives me the chance to review the book or books I have been reading. Now I'm all for a honest review and at times I can be a bit harsh with some of the judgements I voice, as far as book go. But it has nothing to do with the author(s) for without them what would my imagination be (goodness help us all). It is just my own opinion, constructive criticism (I say) and I just want to state it as so many of us sometimes do. Good or Bad, I am always thankful for the books I read and the author(s) who wrote them. So, welcome to Talkback and here to a honest review.

Title: Chimera
Author: Vaun Murphrey
Series: Weaver #1
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre Type: Sci-Fiction
Publication date: July 29th 2014
Publisher: Artemis Femme
Format: Ebook
Pages:  487 pages
Source: Amazon Kindle, NetGalley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*Note – I received this book free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

The debut of Vaun Murphrey’s sci-fi novel Chimera is the first book in the Weaver series. Chimera, written in dual first person point of view, focuses on the importance of linking humanity and its place in a larger aspect to civilization, taking the most challenging notions and methods in writing and storytelling and combines them into one novel. Murphrey’s ideas of dealing with consciousness of imprisonment, teenage torment and self-discovery, builds a world unlike any other sci-fi novel in Chimera. Though in some parts of this book, Murphrey’s detailed writing is unconventional and inappropriate for younger readers. There are a few brief scenes describing situations in which many readers would find disturbing and unwanted.

Cassandra Rainbow, our protagonist, was held in captivity since her parents were killed in front of her when she was five years old. Now, eight year later, she is rescued by her Uncle, Gerome Johnson. She goes to live with him and his wife, Maggie, in a compound with other Weavers, people with the ability to access the Web which is a side world through a mental archive of information, knowledge, memories and the minds of others, both living and dead. Having been in captivity since she was a child, it takes her some time to adjust to her new found freedom, and to understand who and what she is. Even though she is only thirteen, she decides that she will try to stop a civil war and kill the man, Laser-eyes, who held her captive and murdered her parents. That would be enough for any teenage girl to deal with, but Cassandra also has to get used to the idea of a unknown twin sister, an invisible twin, who lives in the web and talks to Cassandra inside of her head. When uncle brings homes a friend from another planet, things really start to get interesting.

Murphrey has a vivid imagination for describing the Web and the characters in her debut. Cassandra much like in the book is hard to connect with as a reader, at first but throughout the book her thoughts and emotions become most understandable and relatable, as though she is opening up to others in the book and to the reader as well. The whirlwind that becomes her life is exciting and intriguing.

Technology does not play a large role in the tale and many would argue that sci-fi would not correctly describe this novel, but yet more paranormal. The world of the web is in the minds of the Weavers and there for making this novel a more as an out of body experience than a technology inclined knowledge encounter.

As the reader learns more about Cassandra and the worlds of both the Web and the reality the Weavers live in, the book become a thrilling adventure and exploration through Murphrey’s writing. Chimera leaves readers wanting, and with books two and three in the Weaver series already out and the fourth soon due to be published, readers can continue on the want of reading more.

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