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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In A Place To Stay Forever by Mark L Lloyd, in the year 3272, on board a spacecraft named The Misfits, a special species of human lay asleep. The LaPortan species is the invention of a secretive organization, La Porte industries. Up until now, the LaPorton species feels fortunate to have been chosen. By using the remarkable Stasis Deep Sleep system (SDS), they are able to change their bodies and consciousness and begin a new life. When that existence becomes tiresome, they can simply begin again and become someone new. When The Misfits is struck, one member of the crew, Adayln, discovers everything is not what it seems with the SDS. Adayln decides to risk everything and break LaPorte’s strict code of ethics and regulations to uncover what they are hiding. Adayln, along with fellow crew member, Miranda and journalist Emily, must travel back to 2005 to search for the truth. They may live to regret the decision, however, as a dangerous hornet's nest is about to be unleashed.
I am not normally a fan of science fiction but I liked the synopsis and thought it would be an interesting read. I have to say I was not disappointed. From the onset, with a man nearing the end of his life, the story gripped me. The characters were all likeable with unique personality traits which were also relayed in their dialogue. The story line continually moved forward, with great obstacles for the main characters to overcome and clues to unravel. There were plot twists placed perfectly throughout, which kept me engaged and intrigued. The relationships between the characters were developed and strengthened gradually. I found myself willing Miranda and Emily to find the truth and succeed. The author’s brilliant imagination is matched only by his writing talent. There were so many characters and sub-plots, but the story line never became confusing. I loved the way all the loose ends were smoothly tied up by the end. This book will make you think about mortality and what lies in wait for humanity in the future. If you love a novel that takes you on a thought-provoking journey, then I would highly recommend you read this book.