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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In The Conduits (Conveyance, Book 1) by David W. Draper, three 10-year-olds from different parts of the world receive a strange 'message' that Earth is in danger. A black hole in the center of the galaxy had expanded into an entity similar to a neutron star. It was unstable and has since exploded, sending x-ray energy at the speed of light which will reach and destroy Earth in 10 years. Their parents and other adults are baffled and concerned, but the children remain firm about their information. They further reveal that they are conduits, and there are locations for people to escape the planet to other worlds. Despite their efforts to warn others about the catastrophic event, the children and their families are in immediate danger as the President of the United States is determined to capture them and stop them from spreading their messages.
What if we received a message that Earth will end in 10 years? It's an intriguing premise for David W. Draper's The Conduits, a debut for the Conveyance series. Set in different countries, the story makes excellent use of the locations in providing backgrounds for the protagonists. The children, Alex Campbell, Sarah Mabaso, and Jacob Mendoza, are instrumental in the development of the plot. With clear prose and a straightforward narrative, the story progresses at a steady pace as the tension builds up when people start hearing about the 'messages'. The concept of a doomed Earth but still having hope for humanity's existence is conveyed in a relatable tone with some insight into the inner workings of the 'powers that be' should this event happen in real life. Overall, a solid start for the series.