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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Procreation by Deanna Salser is a spellbinding science fiction novel with a vivid setting in the future: a story with an irresistible appeal to fans of well-crafted dystopian settings. Procreation is a crime if the government does not approve of it, so when Mary Curtis discovers that she is pregnant, life changes dramatically for her. She sets out on a journey to reconnect with her boyfriend, James, and to beat the odds to survive with her child. She has a powerful ally, her “adopted grandmother,” Hannah. As Mary questions reality and the sense of justice, she is pulled into a conflict that involves both humans and aliens. Meanwhile, her father makes a startling discovery where he works, gets beaten up, and risks his life. He is determined to unravel the mystery and face the truth, but he must know who is on his side. Mary’s mother and her autistic brother are on their odyssey to find meaning in a world that seems more complicated than they ever imagined. Can this family be reunited, and can Mary protect herself and her child against the ruthless establishment?
Procreation is an exciting tale that combines science fiction with adventure to create intense entertainment for readers. The characters are elaborately written, and I found myself rooting for Hannah, Mary, and James. Crystal Sirius, Kevin Curtis, and Sam Stevens are some of the characters whose complexity will hold readers' attention. Deanna Salser deftly handles complex themes, from family dynamics to population control, intrigue, and the survival of the Earth despite alien interference. The novel is written in dazzling prose and peppered with dialogues that are captivating and intelligently written. The author’s ear for good dialogue, her ability to create compelling plot points, and her gift for infusing the story with strong conflict shine throughout Procreation.