Fiction - Dystopia
290 Pages
Reviewed on 01/14/2016
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Author Biography

There once was a young man, fiery by Sicilian and Cherokee blood, whose service in the U.S. Marines gave him the courage to win the love of the woman he most desired. He and this tall, blonde-haired, blue-eyed German beauty renounced their scrabble upbringing, that concrete box of city life—they were lured instead by country roads, nature's serenades, and untrimmed pastures.

To their daughter, Chance Maree, they offered arm loads of books from the library each Sunday, a college education, and the certainty that if she worked hard enough, that which she dreamed could be achieved. Accustomed as she grew to literary travels, Chance fled rural serenity to taste the complex textures of cities, work in executives positions for high-tech companies, earn a Master's degree, and travel the world.

Chance Maree is now a bootstrap novelist and story-telling enthusiast who gravitates towards upmarket fiction with a speculative slant. She has published three novels, ALEXIOS, BEFORE DYING, UNDAZZLED, and DARK MATTER TIDING. Chance's writing is eclectic. She strives for plots that twist and surprise. Chance has been transplanted to Texas by her astrophysicist husband where they live with two dogs and a native Texan, scorpion-killing cat.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Undazzled by Chance Maree is about a dystopian world on another planet where humans have lost their humanity and the aliens are more human than we ever were. The story follows a set of humans who leave Earth behind and try to colonize a different planet named Ostara. Earth is too crowded and polluted and all the natural resources have been exhausted. But when these humans journey through space and time, they go through a psychological change that makes them more barbaric than human. Once they land on Ostara, they encounter an alien species that is more human than them, but they are not afraid to stake their claim on Ostara. The other species already living on Ostara fight for their rightful space, and will take a few lives if they have to. But there is more to it than anyone knows. This other species knows something sinister about the planet. But what is it?

I felt that this is more of a science fiction than a dystopian read, but it is good either way. A thrilling, tension inducing story that will have you biting your nails and desperate for more. The dialogues were crisp (just how I like them) and the story was fast paced. But better than that, the story was complete. It was not understated and it definitely told me what I needed to know. The characters were strong and the characteristics of the new planet awe-inspiring and even a little scary. All in all, if you like a novel that will get your heart racing (in a good way), this one is for you. Nice work!