It’s not an alien invasion, if you’re invited.
Bob’s having a bad day. Dumped by his girlfriend, fired from his job, evicted from his apartment, and beaten by an old lady in a bar, things couldn’t possibly get worse. But when he travels high into the Sierra Mountains to get away from his troubles, he hears a voice coming from a star hundreds of light years away, what happens next could determine the future of life on Earth, and the fate of humanity itself. Six hundred and fifty light years from Earth, Reva is a beautiful alien on a planet in the constellation Orion. Her gentle race of Human-like people lived an idyllic life until the nearby star Betelgeuse exploded into a super-nova five hundred years ago. They survived the initial blast of gamma rays, but now the shock-wave and nebula cloud of radioactive debris is nearly upon them, which will burn up their atmosphere and destroy their planet. With Bob’s permission and in a leap of faith Reva transports herself through a single pure thought to Earth, and now after two days of traveling through the Sierra Mountains and getting to know Bob and the world he lives in, she’s ready to bring over as many of her people as she can, while there’s still time.
Plot/Idea: 3 out of 10
Originality: 3 out of 10
Prose: 3 out of 10
Character/Execution: 3 out of 10
Overall: 3.00 out of 10
Plot: Thesken fills this sci-fi story with colorful details, but the plot suffers from being disjointed and lacking in structural or developmental cohesion and would benefit from more organization.
Prose/Style: The author effectively describes action sequences and establishes setting. Dialogue can come across as forced, though, and, at times, implausible.
Originality: Thesken integrates fresh elements into an otherwise familiar story of an encounter between an alien being and an unsuspecting human. An eleventh hour twist is unsurprising.
Character Development: The characters do not always show depth or individuality – notably, Reva, whose exotic beauty remains her most pronounced trait.
Date Submitted: June 03, 2019