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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Prophet: Companion Story is an entry in The Kota Series by Sunshine Somerville, a dystopian novella with great and exciting characters. The dystopian setting conjures powerful, grim images. Hazen Stephenson, a man who experiences disturbing lucid dreams, sets out across the world to meet people he encounters in his dreams, and he has a lot of impact on their lives. Renny Nado has a Creative Writing Degree and has never considered what to do with it, although “The Kota” people see it as playing an important role in the greater scheme of things. Could she make Hazen see the purpose of her gifts? What role would they play in a world that is sinking, marked by political tensions, greed, and hatred?
The Prophet: Companion Story is a riveting read, one you’d complete in one sitting, not because it is short, but because it is gripping. As one reads on, one can’t help but think about the current political situation in the US. Although this is a story with powerful dystopian elements, it reflects a lot of contemporary political drama, with the greed and madness and hatred seeping through political minds. One also understands the place of gifts in the economy of life. Our gifts are meant to serve a purpose and it is wonderful to see how Renny Nado gets anxious about hers. Sunshine Somerville has crafted a beautiful story that has many lessons for humanity, a story that will make readers rethink what role they play in life in their time. The prose is beautiful and the plot follows a simple, yet gripping structure. I finished reading this one before I even remembered I started reading. It’s a delightful piece of writing, indeed.