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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
Earth has been evacuated. It belongs to the Mongers now. And the Mongers have one goal—enslave whatever humans are left behind. For Renaissance, the rules are simple. Survive at all costs and family comes above all else. But as she struggles with the solitary life of a scout and scavenger for Home Group, a ragtag band of refugees, Ren wonders if surviving is enough. In a world ravaged by aliens bent on domination, hunted for technology she has no choice but to bear and protect, can Ren even dare hope for something more?
I’ve read two extraordinary epic fantasy novels by Jessica Dodson (Volumes One and Two of The Gates of Dolimar series). I was thoroughly impressed with her ability to create a believable world so far removed from our own. I’m convinced that her excellent wordsmithing and authoring skills provided the basis for complete immersion into that fantasy world. I’m a fan, to say the least. That said, I was pleasantly surprised and curious to see Renaissance pop up on the Reader’s Favorite list; could Dodson bring her world-building talent to a science fiction/dystopian thriller? The bottom line answer is yes, she definitely can, and then some.
As I read with ever increasing investment into the characters and the story, I could not help but compare Renaissance (aka Ren) to the unforgettable character in The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen. Once my heroine in the science fiction/dystopian worlds, Katniss has been replaced by Renaissance. Dodson is simply a very talented and special author. Her attention to details, her imaginative constructs - whether people, scenes or technology - are highly tuned and she never misses the “verisimilitude check” I place on all the books I read. Renaissance would be my pick for any of the many book awards for 2018. With zero reservations, I recommend Renaissance to all fans of science fiction and dystopian novels, or just books with well written stories.