In a World of Our Making

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
298 Pages
Reviewed on 02/26/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

In a World of Our Making by Michael Hurst-Mawasse is a science fiction novel packed with action and adventure and aimed at the mature side of a young adult audience as it does contain some violence. This opening novel in the Blue Horizon series finds us following the trials of Seph, an eighteen-year-old plagued by the debts her missing mother has left behind. When a job offer pops up that comes with a risky neural implant, Seph has no choice but to accept. All she must do in return is imagine new worlds for others to enjoy. But shadows are lurking in these new worlds that Seph doesn’t understand, and they threaten to destroy everything she’s worked for, including her very life.

Michael Hurst-Mawasse offers stellar teen and new-adult science fiction that delivers in every single chapter. I was transfixed by the concept from the outset. The internal logic of the work is handled well so you always understand the parameters of the technology, and this makes the danger all the more real when it suddenly looms over poor Seph. The character development of our central hero is superb, with a lot of emotional and psychological story points that get unpacked naturally as she faces different challenges. It also makes Seph an endearing and vulnerable figure to follow in her exploits. The plot is a masterstroke in pacing, delivering a brilliant through-line that tingles with suspense and delivers cinematic and complex action sequences at just the right moments. Overall, I recommend In a World of Our Making, and I can’t wait to see what more the series has in store.

Alma Boucher

In A World of Our Making by Michael Hurst-Mawasse is about UGX, User Generated Experience, which technology companies, countries, and organized groups are after. Seph’s mother left her with all the debt in her name. She has just turned eighteen and needs a job. Anya, Seph’s best friend, arranges a job for her. If Seph accepts the job, her debt will be paid off. A nano-neural implant is implanted into Seph, and her job is to create worlds with her memories. The success of Seph’s assignment determines the percentage that will be deducted from her debt. One day Anya is nowhere to be found when Seph comes home. Seph finds Anya’s purse and cell phone and immediately knows Anya is missing; there is no way Anya would leave her phone behind.

In A World of Our Making is aimed at young adults in the sci-fi genre. Michael Hurst-Mawasse is a talented author who kept me intrigued from start to finish. He creates an exciting world where AI is in control of selected humans. A lot is going on and it is fast-paced; the events keep moving and are packed with exciting action. Michael did an excellent job with the development of his characters. It did not take much time for me to start rooting for them, as they had quirky, colorful personalities, and it was difficult for me to put this book down with all the suspense. The story is exceptionally well-written, with a fantastic execution of the plot. If you are a fan of young adult sci-fi, this is a must-read.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

In A World of Our Making by Michael Hurst-Mawasse is the first book in the Blue Horizon series. Imagine being deep in debt with no way out. Would you accept an offer to wipe your debts if you let AI into your mind? With free rein? That’s the choice Seph has to make. Just 18 years old, she’s been left in debt by her mother and takes the job her best friend Anya has struggled to get her. But is it the right choice? Provided the implant is successful, all her debt will be gone. Her job? She just has to imagine some worlds. Everything is fine, until her best friend disappears, leaving nothing but a light in her locket. For Seph, this is just the start, as the light leads to the darkness, to views of things that didn’t happen. Her world is about to be turned upside down as memories come rushing back, clashing with a view of a terrifying future. What will Seph do?

In A World of Our Making by Michael Hurst-Mawasse is a great start to a new dystopian series set in the UK. A gripping story, it hauls you in from the first page, offering intrigue and plenty of suspense. It’s an action-packed story that moves fast and keeps you hooked from chapter to chapter. The characters are entirely believable, extremely well-developed and likable, and the plot is refreshingly unique, which is difficult to achieve in this genre. Dystopian stories are hard to get right but this one hits the spot. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series to see what Hurst-Mawasse can pull out of the hat once again.