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Lumen Reese
Lumen Reese, author
A grieving mother. A monster. A ship crewed by the damned. The Thing swam out of the magma in the Earth’s core and clawed its way up through the San Andreas Fault on the night that a chunk of the California coast sank into the Pacific. Millions died, including the two children of Lucille 'Ceely' Bennett, an accomplished engineer stranded in rural Montana when the cataclysm occurred. Ceely builds a submarine, complete with mechanical arms and a set of harpoons -the biggest on the market- with the intention of going down among the ruins of Los Angeles to collect her daughters' bodies. A mother's love -and fury- drive her to hunt the creature across oceans and decades in this story of grief and revenge.
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June 16, 2023

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"Fault" by Lumen Reese is a remarkable novel that captivated me from beginning to end. This gripping story takes readers on a thrilling journey through grief, revenge, and the power of a mother's love. With its unique blend of science fiction and emotional depth, this book stands out as one of my favorite reads in recent years.

One of the aspects that truly stood out to me was the book's pacing. Reese masterfully weaves together different parts of the story, each told from the perspective of various characters. This narrative technique adds depth and richness to the overall plot, keeping readers engaged and eager to uncover more. The shifts in perspective allow us to witness the diverse emotions and motivations that drive the characters, making them feel incredibly real and relatable.

The core premise of "Fault" is a unique take on a sci-fi trope, which sets it apart from other books in the genre. At its heart, this novel is about the profound grief of Lucille 'Ceely' Bennett, a mother who tragically loses her two children in the cataclysm. Ceely's determination to build a submarine and retrieve her daughters' bodies is fueled by an unwavering love and fury that resonates deeply with readers.

In addition to the captivating plot, Reese skillfully intertwines a unique and unconventional romance into the story. This aspect adds another layer of complexity and depth to the narrative. The portrayal of love in "Fault" challenges traditional notions and explores the unexplored territory of relationships. It was refreshing to see this unconventional love story unfold and witness the characters' growth and transformation through their connections.

Reese's descriptive prose is a standout feature of this book. The author's vivid and evocative writing style painted vivid pictures in my mind, bringing each scene to life. I could easily visualise the settings and immerse myself in the characters' experiences. The attention to detail and the ability to create such a vivid atmosphere enhanced the overall reading experience and made it truly unforgettable.

In conclusion, "Fault" by Lumen Reese is a must-read for fans of science fiction, thrilling adventures, and stories that explore the depths of human emotions. With its impeccable pacing, unique storyline, unconventional romance, and vivid imagery, this book has all the elements of a truly outstanding read. I highly recommend "Fault" to anyone seeking an engaging and thought-provoking journey that will leave a lasting impression.