Rise of the Novas Book 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
359 Pages
Reviewed on 09/14/2022
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Reviewed by Sashon Davis for Readers' Favorite

The next step in the evolution of mankind has resulted in a group called EVOs. After being deserted by their creator, Mother, the EVOs decide to get her attention by committing mass murder. After all, this is what they were trained for. Enter a detective duo, Alice and Richard. We follow the enthralling case as the detectives come face to face with the murderers, friends, and members of their squadron. Will they solve the case or will the EVOs continue to use them as bait to draw out their creator? Mother (Rise of the Nova’s Book 1) entices its readers by taking them to a near-distant future in which mankind is the lesser species. Will evolution finally be the end of humans or will the detectives put a stop to both the EVOs and Mother? Follow the story by Reginald Andre-Estime and Vanna McAuliffe as they lead us into a dystopian world characterized by government politics, control, love, and raging hate.

In Mother (Rise of the Novas Book 1), Reginald Andre-Estime and Vanna McAuliffe have managed to create a gripping story from the outset by introducing the idea of humans being inferior to those races that may evolve in the future. This is followed by a display of the powers of these ‘God-like figures’ and how easily disposable humans are. This introduction to the new series engages us with themes such as phylogeny, mystery, love, and betrayal. The story allows us to follow the journey of an unlikely detective duo, Richard and Alice. The plot quickly evolves by turning the dynamic duo into pawns. The authors also introduce another storyline at the beginning of the book relating to the evolved beings, which they skillfully integrate to create an action-filled science fiction novel set in the dystopian era. The story ends proficiently with ideas of what the rest of the series could entail. I am eager to see how the relationship between Alice and Myra develops.

Vincent Dublado

Mother by Reginald Andre-Estime and Vanna McAuliffe kickstarts the Rise of the Nova Series in a heart-stopping science fiction thriller. As the story opens, a narrator recalls waking up inside a cold pod, with no memory of being born to a biological parent. There are more who wake up from other pods, and they are housed in what is simply called The Facility. They are called EVOs - designed to be stronger and smarter than average humans, whom they refer to as the Lessers. At the top of their hierarchy is someone called Mother, who orients them to their mission so that when the time is right, they will be sent out to shake up the world and wreak havoc. Their existence, however, comes with a caveat. They have to keep a wide berth from two types of humans - the Novas and the Teltius. Two brilliant detectives follow the trail of this murderous cult. The question is, can they stop these genetically enhanced killers?

Defeating a formidable cult of murderers is the centerpiece of this novel. Reginald Andre-Estime and Vanna McAuliffe demonstrate their ability at plot building with page-turning scenes. Similarly, their grasp of character development is another aspect of the story that you should watch out for. Detectives Alice and Richard have a presence of their own. As they go through the process of their investigation, you not only get to know more about them, but also the enormity of the evil they are facing. As humanity continues to tinker with genetic research, the storyline offers a bleak scenario of what could happen if those who have the means to play God have sociopathic tendencies. Mother is a story that will appeal to anyone who likes tight plotting and welcomes raw violence as an integral part of the storyline.

Samantha Gregory

Mother (Rise of the Novas Book 1) By Reginald Andre-Estime features two detectives, Alice and Richard, who are investigating some vicious murders committed by genetically enhanced killers. These beings knowns as EVOs are raised by a woman known only as Mother, who teaches them that 'Lessers' must be killed. The Lessers are regular humans. The EVOs are taught to kill from a young age and are spurred on by the reaction they get from the act. Alice and Richard are called in when a woman is killed alongside the staff working in the building where she was found. The EVOs worked as a team to take them out, acting like predators. Shocked by the brutality of the murders, the detectives are in a race against time to find the killers before they strike again.

Reginald Andre-Estime has written an intriguing story with Mother (Rise of the Novas Book 1). While a little slow to start, the author takes the time to introduce the two main characters and their lives before they are called out to the murder scene. The EVOs are interesting to read about and how they work together to take out a target. They are completely brainwashed by Mother and don't know any other way of being. Alice and Richard are in over their heads from the beginning as they are used to dealing with normal human culprits. There is some gore and the story is not for the faint of heart. I think that science fiction and horror fans would enjoy reading this book. I would recommend it.