The Story in the Stars

Gateway to Gannah, Volume 1

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
330 Pages
Reviewed on 08/08/2015
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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

In The Story in the Stars: Gateway to Gannah, Volume One by author Yvonne Anderson, we find our heroine, Dassa, teaming up with the inscrutable Dr. Pik in the hopes of finding a cure for the Karkar plague before it decimates the population of Gannah. In a surprising alliance, as Dr. Pik has professed his hatred for the whole Gannahan race, the two must race against time in their work. When a cure is found, the story doesn’t end as Dassa and Pik need to fight off attacks by interstellar pirates and wild beasts, survive food poisoning and a plane crash and, perhaps most difficult of all, try to get along with one another until they can finish their quest.

The Story in the Stars: Gateway to Gannah, Volume One is a strong new entry in the genre of Christian science fiction. The Story in the Stars, the unifying theme of all cultures in the Universe, that all have the same story of the constellations, the same origin story of religion, underlies the religious foundation of this book. The belief that God created all under the stars, not just those from Earth, serves as the basis for the Christian religion for all. Yvonne Anderson’s attempt to unite Christian themes and science fiction in this, her debut novel, is a delicate balancing act, and one not undertaken by many novelists even more experienced than she. Her work will appeal to those who enjoy science fiction, but especially those with a Christian faith, and those who may have found themselves wondering, ‘If there are others out there in the Universe, who is to say that they, too, were not created by God and a part of His greater Creation?’

Maria Beltran

Yvonne Anderson's novel The Story in the Stars is a story that had its beginning eight centuries ago. At this time, the people from the planet Gannah attempted to dominate the whole universe but did not succeed because of the plague developed by the people of planet Karkar that caused the Gannahan race to retreat. This time, the whole Gannahan race is again threatened by the same plague and Karkar-born doctor Pik is tasked with finding a cure for the virus under the order of the unifying authority of the League of Worlds. Despite his hatred of the Gannahan, Pik has no choice but to accept the order. When the doctor arrives on Gannah with the cure, he finds out that there is only one survivor and her name is Dassa. It turns out that the young woman has her own mission too.

People will either love or hate this Christian-based science fiction story. There is a bit of religion in this story that puts emphasis on the existence of God. Some people who are not Christians or not religious might find the book too preachy and overwhelming with Christianity. It is not even told allegorically. Respect is the key in reading the novel. If you believe in a savior dying on a cross, this book is for you. The faith elements are well-crafted and beautifully written, which makes this book highly recommended by those who believe in God. The various challenges, on the other hand, that the two main characters face is a fitting representation of cultural contrasts and human misses and failures. To sum it up, The Story in the Stars is an interesting read.