Tressia and Other Stories

Fiction - Science Fiction
333 Pages
Reviewed on 01/01/2024
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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite

A rebel trying to survive in a dystopian world must find a secret way out of the forbidden city. The annual Thanksgiving Macy's Parade turns into a wild rodeo as the balloons come to life. The nearing end of the world urges Professor Atherton to redefine his past painful choices and the structure of the universe. Humankind becomes face-blind in an instant. Will the woman who regains the ability to recognize faces save the world from its inevitable collapse? Javan just wanted to be closer to his beloved Astrene and had no idea how risky studying art on Earth could be. An architect is determined to continue his long-standing tradition of recreating a famous picture from the 1930s despite the deadly comet threatening Earth. Will Matías save his wife, Ellie, from self-harm? And what do the mysterious Watchers have in common with the secret she hides? The fog-covered planet's gravity caught the space tourists' ship. They must make a hard choice to stay alive. It is a difficult task to build a colony on a distant planet. Will Tressia become a new home for the settlers, led by a biocyber intelligence named Clio? Tressia and Other Stories by D C Mallery is a collection of eight short stories and a short novel for fans of science fiction, drama, suspense, and dystopia.

In Tressia and Other Stories, D C Mallery looks deep into the human soul and asks us what it takes to remain human while facing disastrous situations. Mallery touches on the themes of loneliness, immortality, and longing for home in Tressia. The novel has impressive world-building and vibrant, complex characters, like Dr. Reeves Saunders, who is always ready to fight for humanity in the dangerous and unique world of Tressia. Mallery offers an interesting concept of biocyber intelligence, or Clio, combining the features of a human and AI. The author also explores whether it is worth clinging to our past achievements, even if they are our legacy, or to create something new in a new reality. The novel and the short stories are fast-paced and very compelling. I enjoyed the element of suspense in Tressia and The Day of the Return of the Faces and the touch of dry humor in Thanksgiving Day, 10:13 am, Eastern Standard Time, and Installation #17. Mallery enthralls us with intriguing scientific theories in Fireworks and a Kiss at the End of Time. I highly recommend Tressia and Other Stories to those who enjoy sci-fi adventure with a philosophical twist.

K.C. Finn

Tressia and Other Stories is a work of fiction penned by author D C Mallery in the science fiction, anthology, and short story subgenres and is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Readers are invited to enjoy a captivating collection of science fiction tales that span the imaginative spectrum. Each story is a portal into a unique universe, showcasing Mallery's versatility in crafting narratives that are both thought-provoking and thrilling. The tales explore diverse themes, from experimental drugs in forbidden cities to the consciousness of Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. One story contemplates the end of the universe, offering a glimmer of hope. Another delves into a global epidemic where faces become unrecognizable, except for one woman. Each narrative is a journey into the unexpected, keeping readers on the edge of their seats.

Author D C Mallery has crafted a delightful immersion into speculative realms where every time you pick up the work, you’re introduced to something totally new and equally brilliant. Mallery has an uncanny ability to seamlessly transition between genres and settings whilst retaining the same flair for descriptive lexis, strong atmospheric settings, and intriguing concepts. The characters are intricately woven into their environments with a convincing amount of realism, thanks to the attention to detail paid in narrative focus, speech, and thought presentation. From the poignant exploration of human connection in ‘Ellie’ to the gripping survival tale in ‘Tressia,’ the collection presents a tapestry of emotions and scenarios that are varied, accomplished, and poignant to consider long after you set the work down. Overall, Tressia and Other Stories is a highly recommended must-read for fans of inventive and well-crafted science fiction, and I will certainly be looking for more from this talented author.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

Action, science fiction, mystery, and a whole lot more await the eager reader. You don’t know what you’re going to find next with this anthology of short stories. Each one features different characters and a plot that will draw you in and keep you guessing, all in a short time. If you love books that get to the point fast, you will like this one. But also, if you’re interested in books that delve into some of the darker sides of life and the universe, that’s what you’ll find here. You’ll find stories about the end of the world, the evolution of AI, global epidemics, aliens, and Watchers. Tressia and Other Stories by DC Mallery will make you think of things you may never have considered before, but now … you won’t be able to stop.

Tressia and Other Stories is a very well-written collection that finds a way to make you feel truly connected to each character, even in a short amount of time. DC Mallery manages to create vivid descriptions and settings that feel extremely real within only a few pages and also make you sit on the edge of your seat, waiting for what’s going to happen next. But cliffhangers are definitely the name of the game in this anthology, so figuring out what happens next might be more difficult than you think. And when you get to the final story, Tressia will show you if the author can do a lot with 20 pages (or less), they can do so much more with 200.