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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
Author Andrew Orange shares a unique story of the Holiest Zen Emperor of the world, Hautama, who makes contact with university student Tim Ivanov through Tim’s dream. In this era in Moscow, Tim is the only man with whom Hautama can talk through the eons of time between them. They are different people, but their souls are one, an eccentricity of reincarnation, hence The Interchange. Tim agrees to swop bodies with Hautama. Tim awakens in Hautama’s personal residence in the year 3500, in the body of the Emperor Hautama. His Eminence Hamesha, the supreme counselor of the Emperor, explains controlled reincarnation performed by the Exchange Machine. Their community is made up of Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, and Clones. The ostracized Untouchables live outside the community. When Tim discovers Project Nirvana, he is compelled to end Hautama’s reign over the world.
The Interchange is an interesting, thought-provoking novel. The story gives the reader food for thought when it comes to the world in which we live and how it is ruled by current administrations. Andrew Orange does a great job of introducing the various characters including the teachers and academia as well as the futuristic people. The scenes and locations in the current world as well as the future are vividly described and come to life in the story. The Interchange is smooth flowing and comfortable to read, filled with action and suspense as Tim must use his skills to survive and prevent disaster. All-round, a great story that is highly recommended to all adults.