Choose The Sun

Fiction - Science Fiction
343 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2021
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Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite

Choose The Sun by Kent Safford is a captivating debut science fiction novel that makes you rethink the concept of traditional gender roles. It's about Edgar Marten, a Nobel Laureate, and Lawrence Williams, a university academic dean, who have to deal with an unprecedented situation. After Edgar suffers an accidental electrical shock in his kitchen, he learns about an overnight outbreak of food poisoning among young adults that will soon turn the whole world upside down. The symptoms may mimic food poisoning, but this new disease places those who recently turned twenty-one into a coma. Those who survive are forced to accept their new fate or end their lives. Thus, Edgar, Lawrence, and the best experts in every discipline work together to manage the crisis that created chaos, confusion, hysteria, paranoia, and death everywhere.

Filled with intriguing scenes and intelligent characters, Choose The Sun by Kent Safford exposes its readers to a fascinating story framed around time travel, apocalyptic visions, and a metamorphosis process. Kent Safford uses the concept of dualism to make us rethink the gender roles in our lives and if they should be different from our biological sex. The complexity of this novel may create an internal conflict within its readers, making them empathize with the characters. However, it has so many elements of surprise, suspense, and mystery that even a non-fan of science fiction can enjoy it. This remarkable novel transports you into a whole different world with new lives and new identities. I dare to hope for a sequel.


Fascinating book. Exploring both societal and self imposed gender roles and identification. Very thought provoking and creative.

Bob Funkhouser

I really enjoyed this book. The twists and turns keep you interested and guessing. Set in the Stanford University environment of high powered academics, the story explores a unique and intriguing situation--a pandemic that reverses every adult's physical sex and threatens to wipe out the human race. The main characters must save the human race, and survive their own sex change. Hold on to your seats. Silky smooth with a compelling set of characters and understated sophistication, this is a fun read. I give it 4.25 stars.

Elaine R.

Choose the Sun by Kent Safford engages the reader from the very first scene. The author creates a world which challenges us with completely new and complex ideas, including what we think about gender roles and identities. Intelligent characters who come alive and a surprise at every turn, this remarkable debut novel is a must read for non-science fiction fans alike. Looking for more . . . we can only hope for a sequel.


I really enjoyed Kent Safford’s novel “Choose the Sun. It had my attention and drew me into the story right away. The characters were fleshed out, interesting and well drawn out.
The story held my interest throughout. I would love to see more by Mr. Safford.