Juno's Song

Fiction - Action
480 Pages
Reviewed on 03/18/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Juno's Song is a work of fiction in the paranormal, action, sci-fi thriller, and suspense subgenres, and it follows on from the author’s previous works, The Lost Theory and The Devil’s Calling. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Michael Kelley, this compelling tale immerses readers in a thrilling adventure that blends big questions, cutting-edge technology, and the pursuit of love and self-realization. Set in the summer of 2036, the protagonist, Sean Byron McQueen, faces the challenge of his beloved M's presumed death and the ominous date of alien arrival. Cursed with the promise of torture and death, Sean lives off the grid in a remote Irish tower with a robotic companion. The narrative weaves through Sean's encounter with advanced AI, the impending alien arrival, and his relationship with Molly Quinn, a writer leading a movement for peaceful alien interaction.

Author Michael Kelley has crafted a beautifully balanced story that intelligently explores the impact of technology on humanity but also delves into the highly emotive themes of love, loss, and self-discovery with a poignant sense of realism. The characters grapple with existential questions against the backdrop of a rapidly changing world. I really enjoyed the speech and thought presentation as we see what makes Sean and Molly tick, and how their personalities affect the events shaping all around them. The blend of wit, imagination, and the anticipation of extraterrestrial contact makes for engaging reading, and I loved the naturalistic dialogue style that conveys so much plot without the need for chunky prose. Overall, Juno's Song is a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant journey into the unknown that I would highly recommend to fans of paranormal and sci-fi thrillers everywhere.