Domum

Book 2

Fiction - Science Fiction
544 Pages
Reviewed on 06/11/2018
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Author Biography

M. Susanne Wiggins respectfully misbehaves in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, living vicariously through the historic city's bounty of diverse tourists and residents, and their many tales, adventures, and stories. They are, without a doubt, the workhorses of her imagination. Without them, and the vibrant snapshots of their lives, she says, “I am but an empty page. They deserve, and have, my undying gratitude—because there’s a little bit of each of them in everything I write.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Domum, the second book in a series by M. Susanne Wiggins, is a compelling science fiction tale with a strong appeal for fans of fantasy and dystopian stories. Set on an exotic planet called Domum, “a cloaked planet orbiting the Sun, and with a history much longer than Earth,” the story introduces readers to characters they’ll want to stick around with. Meg Arcana and Alec Ellison Abbott have just settled into their new home in Domum and it seems there couldn’t be any place better, with its exotic life and beautiful creatures. But a crisis sets in very quickly and Alec finds himself in a position far worse than what he left behind, one that will break his soul. How much does Meg have to do with him becoming a killing machine? General Arden Raynor from East America is determined to unite with Domum at all costs, even that of the life of the planet itself.

M. Susanne Wiggins has the gift for plot and character and I couldn’t help rooting for the characters, including the minor ones, through the engaging and plot-driven dialogues. The writing is atmospheric and it captures life on an imaginary planet. I loved the way characters like Alec, Kyrie, Jack, Tavis, and Sebastian are developed and their roles in the story. This author knows how to make readers love the heroes of her story and hate the villains, but the genius that moves the story forward is exceptional. The setting is nothing like I have read before, a strangely familiar world that is filled with beautiful creatures. It takes a master story teller to make readers believe in a world that doesn’t exist and Wiggins has that gift. Apart from the elements of style and the gripping nature of the story with compelling characters, this novel contains a language that is musical in nature, engaging, and utterly fluid. You’ll love the story, but you will love the way it is told as much.

Rabia Tanveer

Alec is living the life he wished to have and, now living on Domum, his life is almost idyllic. However, little did he know that this peaceful existence was nothing but an illusion! Soon a monster inside him is awakened and he needs to cause mayhem. Helping him is Meg, a beautiful creature whom he met who somehow soothes him. But there is so much that Meg can do to save Alec from himself. Before she can help Alec, something bigger and far more dangerous is coming towards Domum that can end everything they ever held dear. What is it? Can they stop the end of the world?

Domum: Book 2 by M. Susanne Wiggins is a mixture of dystopian fiction and science fiction, which is a very unusual combination. These are actually two genres that I try to avoid, but there was something about this novel that made me pick it up and read it. The more I read it, the more invested I became and I wanted to read till the end, yet I didn’t want it to end. The setting of the novel was so smooth and real that I sometimes forgot that the setting is supposed to be a little different from this time period and Earth.

The character development was really well done. At one point we have Alec, who was living in the chaos of his mind, and on the other we have Meg, who is trying to restore the calm in him and show him that he can be saved. The atmosphere of dread and foreboding doom is always present, but there are some moments of calm that bring a new dimension to the story, which is very enjoyable and relatable. Overall, this is a really interesting and satisfying novel.