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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
Beautyworld by David Bennett Laing portrays a futuristic look at Earth after the Exodus leaves behind a society of people that had undergone a gene transformation, leaving them sexless, unmaterialistic and highly revered. The Tellurian society consists of a very peaceful people that are at one with themselves as well as with everything in nature itself, respecting one another and everything, living in equality. The Sidereals offer a futuristic look at those who still live by the old ways of life, dominated by politics, sex and money. The President of the Sidereals destroys one of the civilizations, laying blame on the Tellurian society. This sparks off a chain of events that requires the Tellurians to leave the safety of their tranquil paradise and embark on a mission to infiltrate into the Sidereal Commonwealth via a mutually agreed form of identity theft.
David Bennett Laing definitely has a very interesting grasp of what a futuristic way of life could be post-Exodus in Beautyworld, weaving a plot that confirms and contradicts various portions of a widely accepted and dominant religion. While the plot is complex, the story line itself is very entertaining. Laing brings to light what a life without all the corruption could truly be like. At the end of the story, Laing supplies a glossary and a timeline of events which is very well written and useful in order to understand the story. I would definitely recommend Beautyworld to anyone that enjoys this genre. David Bennett Laing has strong writing skills and bold ideas for his work that leave the reader asking for more. Yes, I am definitely one of those readers.