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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Four Days to Fusion is a young adult science fiction/fantasy novel written by Lira Brannon. Seren is blissfully dreaming early Saturday morning when her folks burst into her room. Her security conscious parents are behaving even more strangely than they normally do and their repeated questions about her actions the night before leave her feeling confused and defensive. She just wishes they would leave already so she could get back to sleep, but when she stretches, she burns the paint off her walls. Then they notice that she’s not wearing her moonstone pendant. Emmett, her boyfriend, had given her a ring the night before, and she had reciprocated by giving him the moonstone pendant she had worn since she was very young. Now, it seems, her parents are bothered about the necklace, demanding to know where it is and why she isn’t wearing it anymore. Without thinking, Seren tells a half-truth -- that it’s in her gym locker at school; something that had happened in the past as the coach doesn’t allow jewelry in the gym, and her parents prepare to rush off and retrieve it. As chaotic and deadly weather starts brewing outside her window, her parents leave after telling her that her actions have endangered the entire planet. If they don’t return by the next morning, she is to meet them in Old Union, a town that’s about 10 miles away.
Lira Brannon’s young adult science fiction/fantasy novel, Four Days to Fusion, is an exciting and fast-paced apocalyptic novel. There are no zombies in Four Days to Fusion nor are there nuclear clouds; instead, Brannon has created a mythology based on the planets and the solar system. I was fascinated by the story which takes place on two stages, here on Earth and at the High Court Cluster of the Seven Sisters. Seren is a strong and capable character whose sense of self and world is abruptly shattered in a matter of moments. Brannon’s story is well-plotted and original, and her characters are compelling and authentic. But Seren, the teen whose devotion to and concern for her Betta fish, Glub, remains constant no matter what, is the star of this intriguing and thought-provoking story. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel to this story, Countdown to Combustion. Four Days to Fusion is highly recommended.