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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Hoots: Honorable Order Of The Source is a science fiction novel by author Martha Lanser. The plot focuses on two main characters, Commander Lance Locke who works for the title organisation, and the girl he loves, Celestia. Commander Locke is duty bound to protect the Hybridites, a technologically enhanced race on the brink of destruction, and powerful secrets are kept by the “Source” and its ruler Zarno. Another race, the Barbarians, inhabit what’s left of planet Earth, where a lone archaeologist works to uncover the secret heritage of past times. Enter Celestia’s newly developed clone, Excella, and the plot twists and turns between spoof-style science fiction, humour, adventure and romance.
Martha Lanser’s new dual-race world is a very interesting one to enter, and I found both the Hybridite and Barbarian races enjoyable to explore, and distinctly human at their core. The conclusion of the book in particular raises some amusing ideas about human beliefs of the paranormal. Lanser borrows many familiar tropes from the science fiction genre and pokes a little fun at them during Lance’s adventures, creating a truly likeable hero and a narrative that keeps you reading with a smile on your face. Hoots: Honorable Order Of The Source is advertised as YA fiction, but I think light-hearted sci-fi fits it better, as Lance’s dramas could be enjoyed by readers of a wide variety of ages, especially if you like clones. Overall, I’d recommend Hoots to readers looking for a quick read with accomplished world building, spoof-style humour and farce.