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Reviewed by Keyla Damaer for Readers' Favorite
Hellen, a single mother of a growing son, lost her job at the National Clean Energy Lab. Persuaded by her adoptive mother Elle living in Hawaii, she ventures onto a boat trip with her son Charlie, her brother Donovan, a retired doctor, and her old college boyfriend Brett, a retired Navy Officer. The trip to Hawaii is not uneventful, with a solar flare isolating them from the rest of the world being the only event I can mention to avoid spoilers. And when they finally arrive at their destination, they find a chaotic situation. The aftermath of the solar flare on the Hawaiian archipelago forces them to change their plans, and that is when the author reveals the real story.
Mauna Kea Rising: Lost in the Multiverse by M. W. Kelly is one of those books you just can’t put down but must read page after page. And from each one of them, you can tell the depth of research necessary to write with such impressive details about military operations, sailing, Hawaii and its culture, and a great deal of science. The story is compelling and the complex, deep characters will make it an enjoyable read for most readers. But what I appreciated the most was to read about a lead female character with strengths and weaknesses. She’s a clever scientist and a good hunter (meaning that she knows how to handle a rifle), but she lost her job, her relationship with her son is a mess and she has a secret that may cause more mayhem not only to her but to those she loves. It's hard to find male authors capable of writing such real female characters. This is a wonderful story.