What I'm Reading: The Shifters of 2040 (Ami Blackwelder)
Three Species. Divided Lovers. The Race is on for Planet Earth.
Set in Alaska in 2040, Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder must work under the iron fist of the SCM, while still trying to maintain humanity. Discovering a world of shifters and hybrids, the scientists must struggle with human prejudice and betrayal. With the original ancestors, dubbed shifters, still living on earth, humans are in the midst of a fifteen year old war. As the eldest hybrids, Unseen and Diamond, learn about humans the hard way, with the loss of loved ones and sacrifices, love on planet earth proves challenging.
With underlining themes of how prejudice breaks human connections and animal/wildlife conservation, this novel which has received rave reviews will leave the reader flipping through the pages.
I'm about 1/3 of the way through this right now and it's been an interesting read. It seems that this is a different take on a shifters novel with the shifters natural form being neither human or animal but more abstract. Though different, it makes it a little difficult to imagine the characters as I'm reading, which is something I like to do.
There is an underlying theme in this novel, being the fear of the unknown. The humans have panicked and started capturing, experimenting on and killing any shifter they come across. One of the scientist gains new perspective on the epidemic when she becomes pregnant by a shifter and realizes there are shifter/human hybrids out there that the government doesn't yet know about and she is carrying one (or two). The emotional story connected with this aspect of the novel seems solid and well planned and I found myself emotionally invested in the characters.
I still have more reading to do, but so far I'm enjoying this book. Check back tomorrow when I have author Ami Blackwelder here for a guest post. And check out the video preview below. Happy reading!