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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
The earth was full of suffering, chaos, and violence. So Father Elijah and some people moved to settle on planet Tishbe, in the City of Nod. They enjoyed relative peace until Micah dared his eleven-year-old sister, Candice, to visit the dry lakebed holes. It was a dare that turned fatal! Candice went with three companions but returned alone because a mysterious monster from the lake hole sucked them in. That event marked the beginning of the end for the City of Nod and its inhabitants. The flood covered the city with monsters having a field day on humans. The people embarked on the journey of their lives to safety through horrible conditions. Kin turned against each other, and trust became a scarce commodity in Sunshine and Shadow by Benjamin X. Wretlind.
Sunshine and Shadow by Benjamin X. Wretlind is a novel that enthralled me from the first page until the end. The plot and storyline were unique, making me ask if religion was a ruse to keep people in line. This novel felt like a futuristic version of the biblical story of Noah and the flood, but with monsters. Sunshine and Shadow is a tale of mysteries, faith, death, and survival. The story and characters were well developed, and a few of them left lasting impressions. Aaron was one character that I loved to hate, but I didn’t feel sorry for what he did to Isaac. Power corrupts and intoxicates. I wished Micah got his heart’s desire, and Christina didn’t end that way because Jonathan was undeserving of her. Be decisive about your relationships because time waits for no one. I also wasn’t a big fan of Miriam but saw the traumas of a therapist through her eyes. Wretlind has an active imagination and writes beautifully. Thank you for this masterpiece.