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Reviewed by Sandy Masia for Readers' Favorite
When the inhabitants of Vaskania Prime go to bed, something strange happens. Instead of going to sleep, they all enter a Dream World, an alternate world that is the same for each one of them and much more alien. Sometimes it happens that some of them don’t come back from this world, remaining in a perpetual catatonic state, forever stuck beyond. Having stayed in orbit on Oneiri Station for thirty years, Victor Goto returns to Vaskania Prime to save his friend Owen from the depths of the Dream World.
Rites of the Renouncer is a work of science fiction that teeters on the edge of fantasy but never quite gets there, making for an eerie and exciting experience. Benjamin Kamphaus’ adroit language skills and scientific expertise have devised a world that is intriguing, rich, and immersive, making Rites of The Renouncer a unique piece of fiction. Benjamin Kamphaus has used all the tools in the writer’s toolbox to deliver something explorative and experiential, where the vast majority of the action in this book occurs. Such is its depth, both in language and concepts, that it would make a student of phenomenology blush. It is this transporting nature that genuinely makes Rites of the Renouncer a fantastic book, fulfilling that other-worldly wanderlust we all harbor at our cores. This world begs to be explored and to be revisited over and over, and I cannot wait to go once more to Vaskania Prime. Rites of the Renouncer has all the makings of a sci-fi classic and much more!