Rayne

Rayne

Luminescence

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
343 Pages
Reviewed on 03/11/2016
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Author Biography

My name is Quoleena Sbrocca. (If you try to pronounce it too fast, you’ll likely get a brain freeze. Kwo-LEE-nuh Su-BROH-kuh). I’m a Denver native. I was a dance major in college and studied photography in grad school. Here's my photography website: http://www.sbroccaphotography.com

I’ve always loved creative writing. I realized I wanted to write a book during my senior year in college. It only took 14 years for me to try. Truth is, I never had an idea for one until summer 2014.

My favorite books to read tend to be set in England and Paris, in the days of horse-drawn carriages and noble courts. And I absolutely love fantasy and young adult fantasy set in worlds void of technology and unlike our own, with swords and magic and mystical creatures.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite

Rayne: Luminescence (Book One of The Rayne Trilogy) by Quoleena Sbrocca is a wonderful coming-of-age sci fi novel. The future finds mankind has evolved to a higher level of existence, more in tune with the earth that homo sapiens had destroyed through war. The new species, Homo praestans, possesses Luminescence, a mystical ability that tunes them into one of ten heightened senses that define who they are and their place in society. The gift of Luminescence usually happens on a child’s second birthday, but for some reason, Rayne is an anomaly that never experienced it – at least until it was fifteen years too late. As she wakes on the verge of independence from her family, she discovers that Luminescence struck her late and hard, as her gifts explode from her in instances that are astounding and shocking - not just to her, but to all of those around her that have become comfortable with her status as an unregistered “sape.” Rayne experiences both the thrill and alignment that comes with being a late bloomer in a society that values courtesy, structure, and identity through the gifts of Luminescence that have been strictly categorized and defined in their society.

Rayne: Luminescence is a fantastic science fiction novel that gives a glimpse of the future that is more balanced than the popular dystopian views in current best selling novels. I like the hopeful message that mankind can evolve to something higher, if they are willing to tune in to the world around them, and to be true to the essence of who they are and what they can contribute to the world. I also appreciate how well Quoleena Sbrocca handles Rayne’s late maturity in society. She captures the range of Rayne’s emotions perfectly, from the joy of finally being an equal to her peers, to the shock that comes with the realization that late bloomers usually confound those who criticize their slow development when their gifts finally emerge in a manner that is bigger and more powerful than the norm. It’s a wonderful, unique science fiction novel with a surprise ending that demonstrates how people can be better than they are if they are willing to embrace the world as it truly is.