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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
What happens if we have clear memories of our past lives and what if those memories are not the best of memories we would like to have? In Two Moons: Memories from a World with One by RE Johnston, we are introduced to a world where inhabitants once lived on Earth, and now they assume a new life without completely losing touch with what they once were on Earth. They have dreams that are called memories and these can help them connect with the gifts they used while on Earth. Young Jay Shipman starts having recollections of his previous life, but they are not good ones — they are memories associated with the creation of a product of mass murder. He recalls heading a team tasked to develop a powerful biochemical product that can destroy life and create a contagion. He recalls killing “herself” to save her family. But can these thoughts help him in his new life in Duorth? Follow this young schoolboy as he becomes the inspiration for the change that will affect whole peoples, an adventure in which his sense of responsibility will be tested, friendships developed, and a new path pursued.
Two Moons: Memories from a World with One is a brilliant novel with a very interesting concept behind it. I have read a lot about reincarnation and the “next life,” but have hardly read something close to this. It’s set on a different planet that has a lot of similarities to ours. The characters are interesting. The protagonist, who was a she in the previous life, is inspired to create meaning by empowering the people of his planet to stand up for their rights. I fell in love with Carlos, a friend he meets on an adventure that becomes part of his learning journey and transformation. In fact, Carlos speaks about his previous life in a humorous way and describes his profession as “hacking into the systems of banks and places like that.” The writing is great, the plot wonderful and the characters mesmerizing. RE Johnston transports readers into interesting landscapes and beautiful worlds, and invites them to redefine life. Jay is a character of second chances and many readers will feel inspired by him.