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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
All Of Us Alone is a work of fiction in the science fiction, suspense, adventure, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Holly Payne-Strange, the story begins with an alien family seeking refuge on Earth after escaping the destruction of their home planet. However, their arrival is met with hostility as the remnants of their spacecraft are seized by the US military. The family must navigate a hostile environment, avoiding not only the military but also paranormal investigators eager to expose them. The juxtaposition of their struggle for survival against the backdrop of military and investigative pursuits makes for a tense and captivating drama.
Author Holly Payne-Strange has crafted a truly riveting reading experience, offering a fresh perspective on the classic theme of alien arrival with some really resonant observations about the state of humanity today. The narrative is not just a science fiction adventure but a poignant exploration of identity, sacrifice, and the lengths one must go to adapt to a hostile world. The family's internal conflicts and decisions on what parts of their identity to reveal for the sake of survival create a rich and thought-provoking storyline. These are well-realized with close attention to detail in both the psychological and emotional narrative strands. Payne-Strange's writing is smooth, clear, and evocative, capturing the complexity of the human experience through the lens of extraterrestrial visitors. The narrative unfolds with balance and a keen sense of slow-burning pace, offering a blend of suspense and emotional resonance that urges readers to reflect on themes of acceptance, survival, and the consequences of human actions on those seeking refuge. Overall, All Of Us Alone stands out as a captivating journey into uncharted territories, where the struggle for survival transcends planets, and the challenges of adaptation take on profound significance. I would highly recommend it to fans of accomplished and sophisticated science fiction.