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HC/PB/EB Details
  • 04/2022
  • ISBN [HC]: 978-1-7773774-6-5 ● ISBN [PB]: 978-1-7773774-3-4 ● ISBN [EB]: 978
  • 326 pages
  • $25.95 HC
JJ & AJ Cook
Author
Percivious Origins
JJ & AJ Cook, Author

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

What if we’ve never actually been at the pinnacle of the evolutionary ladder? As the pandemic of Percivious: Insomnia tightens its devastating grip on society, travel back in time and across space to uncover its secret... The maverick second volume in the Percivious trilogy, Percivious: Origins shatters history as we (think we) know it. Two hundred and eighty million years before the origin of homo sapiens, an advanced species—the XYZ—are forced to flee as a five-hundred-kilometer-wide iron relic of the Big Bang hurtles toward Earth for its second act of complete annihilation. As the starship HELIX departs from Earth’s gravitational pull, horrified passengers watch as the once aquamarine planet turns red with fire, burning beneath them. But as the XYZs adjust to life in space, Herriden, the first child born aboard the ship, represents hope during their voyage to a new home. A species to whom human frailties like violence and greed are unknown, the XYZ live in abundance and value shared knowledge and emotional connection above all else. But after a failed attempt to inhabit a new planet, the HELIX is damaged and energy reserves are running low, and the XYZ may have no choice but to come back into the orbit of their ancestral home . . . setting into motion events for which there will be an unfathomable price to pay. An epic, scientifically plausible journey through time and space from which the survival of an ancient hominid species and the fate of humankind are both left hanging in the balance, Percivious: Origins is a daringly original and captivating new kind of science fiction novel that will redefine what outer space sci-fi can be . . . and present an inspiring utopian vision of what’s possible.
Reviews
The haunting but uplifting second installment of the Cooks’ epic science fiction trilogy, after Percivious: Insomnia offers an account of the XYZ race, Earth’s original intelligent species, who existed 280 million years before humans. When the XYZ discover a destructive asteroid 500 kilometers wide is hurtling toward the planet they call Orbyss, they have just 10 years to plan their escape. Council leader Anae, with the help of her son Grynn and astronautical engineer prodigy Vash, faces a terrifying decision: they must design and build the giant Helix ship to carry 100,000 colonists to a new planet, Orbyss II, on a dangerous interstellar journey that will take twenty years.

Evolved from whales, the XYZ have developed telepathic communication, and with advanced technology based on carbon fiber, they are a compassionate race who live in harmony, in accordance with Percivious, “the ultimate in altruism being at the center of their existence.” Before escaping Orbyss, they bury a capsule filled with the DNA of their species deep in the ocean floor, in the event they are destroyed en route to their new planet. Strong female protagonists lead the survivors through their many doubts, fears, and accomplishments, while never losing focus on their vital mission. Grynn, who experiences unimaginable tragedy, grows up despondent and pessimistic, while his female counterpart Vash takes over the stressful reins of command.

Sophisticated interactions between characters, detailed descriptions of intergenerational life aboard ship, and edge-of-your-seat predicaments and action add layers of depth and dimension that readers will savor. When the XYZ arrive at Orbyss II—a tidally locked planet with only a 500-kilometer habitable strip at its center—the solar system reveals a devastating secret, and the resilient population must make a difficult choice. The poignant portrayals of the survivors and their burdens will keep readers on the edge of their seats in this science-fiction triumph.

Takeaway: A knockout science fiction epic of apocalypse, survival, and ingenuity.

Great for fans of: James Rosone’s Into the Calm, Jasper T. Scott’s Planet B.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
HC/PB/EB Details
  • 04/2022
  • ISBN [HC]: 978-1-7773774-6-5 ● ISBN [PB]: 978-1-7773774-3-4 ● ISBN [EB]: 978
  • 326 pages
  • $25.95 HC

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