The official blurb from Amazon
During a salvage hunt in the desolate wastelands of Planet Iyeeka, a strange naked woman is discovered inside a metal machine. No one has lived in the area for decades.
Ten wise Iyeekens are drawn to the woman through their dreams and eventually follow her, along with the three who found her, through their war-torn land in search of truth. They believe she is the key to saving their dying planet. She has knowledge even she doesn’t understand. Yet.
Who are these aliens she so vividly remembers? What is the significance of this planet Earth and its inhabitants? And why is her knowledge essential in saving their world?
This book took a couple of chapters to get into, it’s a completely new genre for me but, I found the story intriguing.
I hadn’t realised, when I agreed to read and review that this story is part of a series but, that said, it certainly doesn’t need the rest of the series to be understood and enjoyed.
The essence of the story, to me, was viewed as an allegory for how mankind is abusing earth’s natural resources. How Earth might be viewed if we continue to take nature for granted.
The story opens 700 years in the past on the planet Iyeeka, with a character named Arkeenell talking about how he has seen the future and leaving a message that he hoped may never be read.
The main story hinges around the characters of Varth and Zerren. Varth is a member of the NIL, the Neo Iyeeka Liberation group which is led by the ruthless Syvvak. Zerren and his brother Roarn are recruited by Varth to search for metal which can be reutilised as it is one of many depleted commodities. Varth’s main intent is to recruit Zerren and Roarn into the NIL but, he doesn’t show his hand immediately. Whilst searching for metal, Zerren hears voices in his head, pointing him to a certain area. He discovers a capsule which he triggers accidentally. Once the capsule opens, a young woman escapes. She doesn’t speak and has purple hair and eyes; Zerren names her Ehi. Zerren and Ehi form an immediate bond of trust.
Iyeekan’s defend themselves using a powerful substance known as Lif. Lif is stored in amulets and it is wielded through mind control. When Varth shows his hand and tries to recruit the group into the NIL, a fight breaks out and each uses their Lif but, Ehi is able to control all 3 Lif sources and helps Zerren and Roarn overpower Varth. The ability to control another person’s Lif has never been seen before and Syvvak insists that Varth captures Ehi.
The scene is now set for Zerren to try to get Ehi to safety whilst being pursued by Varth.
I don’t believe in spoilers but, I can promise you that this is only a part of the main story. I found it easier to read the story with a translation as several new words were introduced. For example, I read Yebon as vehicle, Kaelo as radio and Eyeleetansy as a butterfly. I may be way off base but, it helped me.
I have no point of reference for this genre but, I was fascinated by the premise and, once I got into it, I enjoyed the story.