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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Pord: A World of Water is a work of fiction in the science fiction, intrigue, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to mature teen and adult readers owing to the presence of some moderate violence and strong language as well as brief sexual references. Penned by author William Kuehne, we find ourselves in a universe that faces an imbalance, where a powerful Conglomerate plans to siphon off water from the submerged planet of Pord to distribute it across parched planets, saving countless lives but dooming Pord and its unique ecosystem. On Pord, factions with ancient histories clash, and a diverse population grapples with the arrival of the Conglomerate. Enormous jellyfish, intelligent squid creatures, and gilled rats populate Pord's rich ecosystem, while Valuka, Dunite, and Nephelenite represent different perspectives in the struggle. Amidst the turmoil, a young woman named Ura emerges as the heroine, uncovering the planet's secrets and preparing to defend it against the Conglomerate's onslaught.
Author William Kuehne has crafted an immersive and thought-provoking journey through a vividly crafted universe, delving into intricate themes of culture, spirituality, and the delicate balance of ecosystems. The diverse cast of characters adds depth to the narrative, showcasing the complexities of human motivations and actions when faced with an existential crisis. The world-building is perfectly executed and balanced in its level of detail without being overwhelming, filling the reader’s imagination with unique creatures and clever societal structures that enrich the reading experience. The central theme of the struggle between serving the greater good and facing the consequences of decisions resonates throughout the book with deep psychological and emotive reasoning. Overall, Pord is a highly recommended novel that explores the intricate interplay of power, environmental preservation, and the human condition, making it a captivating and meaningful work of science fiction.