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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Stone City by Beverly Jenness is another gripping entry, the second installment, in the From Earth to Terra series. Set 200 years from now, readers are introduced to the group of colonists, now settled in a new world (planet) after surviving upheavals in nature, including drastic climate changes and a dying earth. In their new home, the colonists are starting a new civilization, but everything begins from zero, because this new home seems to have its own laws, its own weather, its own kinds of creatures and dangers. Now they are going to experience everything for the first time; crime, death and, most frighteningly, winter. So, how are they going to deal with each of these realities? Here is an adventure that will excite readers and make them shudder at the same time. It is a very entertaining and prophetic kind of story that warns humankind of the perils of climate change.
I was honored to read and review the first book in this series and Beverly Jenness’ writing had me completely absorbed. Now, she has done it again, crafting a sci-fi story that is infused with a lot of imagination, stellar writing characterized by powerful descriptions and awesome characters. The setting is like nowhere readers have been, but it is vividly painted so well that readers can feel like they are part of its décor. The opening lines of the story already fill the reader with a peculiar feeling, a link with the setting: “The lightning flashed through the black night, silhouetting Stone City against a canvas of dark clouds and a darker night. Their new planet trembled with the constant onslaught of thunder, sending vibrations through to the very core of the city.” Stone City is a page-turner, a purpose-driven, masterfully crafted story that transports readers into an imaginary world that could exist in their future, many years from now.