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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Omicron Six by Endy Wright is a beautiful meld of science fiction and coming of age, and a story that has strong lessons on personal transformation through deep human connections. The story follows two compelling characters, Cooper Callister and Coupe Daschelete, both gifted yet flawed terribly: two misfits struggling to fit into a world that is strange to both of them. Cooper is a genetically enhanced human, and the process has had strong negative effects on him. While he struggles with speaking, he has the ability to hear the thoughts of people around him and, at times, they are deafening. Coupe has been a victim of heart-wrenching, damaging abuse, and he is haunted by what happened to him as a child. When a fight in the woods brings their paths together, they set out on a journey that will allow them to rediscover who they really are and what they are capable of. They will have to overcome their hurts and brokenness to find light in each other, and as they discover that light in each other, the one emanating from their inner worlds becomes even bigger.
Endy Wright’s novel has strong psychological underpinnings, and it is one of those rare stories that have deep layers of meaning. While readers experience the physical world that the two lead characters evolve through, they are compelled to step into their own inner worlds to understand the process of healing, love, self-discovery, acceptance, and the responsibility that comes with growing and owning who we are. The mindscapes are ingeniously written, and it is interesting to follow these characters as they evolve through the internal conflicts toward something more challenging. The author is a great storyteller who creates devious twists, terrific characters, and an inner world-building that is fascinating. The Omicron Six is incredibly soul-stirring, and the author deftly balances the human struggle with unsuspecting touching moments, offering paths that readers themselves can travel on toward personal healing and triumph.