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Janis Ayers
Janis Ayers, author
Earthshine takes up the story from the previous book starting with the travels of Strafae's young brother Jake. Although Strafae reconnects with Jake, it is Chala who saves Jake's life from an untimely death.
Plot/Idea: 6 out of 10
Originality: 5 out of 10
Prose: 5 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 5.75 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Earthshine, following Surviving the Waning, struggles with reintroducing characters naturally, turning towards transparency, rather than subtlety, when trying to connect with readers. 

Prose: Ayers's text flows quite well, but the structure might be simplified in order to advance the narrative. There are moments of stilted phrasing that overreach, but the dialogue makes a solid attempt at authenticity.

Originality: Earthshine admirably addresses the impacts of trauma but lacks the perspective needed to give these issues new depth. The novel's scope is ambitious and worthy of broader exploration.

Character Development/Execution: Ayers crafts characters who are relatable, with plausible conflicts and realistic struggles. Reader interest may wane somewhat when their interactions sacrifice novelty for the methodical.

Date Submitted: August 25, 2022