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Thrust into the leadership of a band of survivors, David...
Thrust into the leadership of a band of survivors, David struggles to scratch out the necessities of life while dealing with the staggering destruction and overwhelming sense of loss - and begins to understand the tragic and marvelous events that have occurred to the planet and to humanity itself. Finding love and betrayal, he must fight those who cling to the old world with all their strength and those who wish to stamp out the growing number of people coming to terms with their new levels of perception and insight into the Universal Mind.
Posted March 9, 2011
Review of Homo Luminous Homo Luminous is primarily the story of David Werden and Chris Collins. The two men survive a cataclysmic event separately, but eventually come together along with several other eccentric characters. The group is compelled by visions to pursue a path to the coast. Difficulties arise, though, in the interpretations others have for these visions. Some are callous towards the message and ignore it. Others see the gathering at the coast as an attack on their seat of power and will do whatever it takes to bring a stop to it. The nature of the Luminous portion of this book doesn't appear until almost a third of the way through the volume. The exact explanation of the Luminous abilities of key characters sees the least amount of narrative and plays a secondary role. This is to be expected, since Homo Luminous is a bit more character driven. Still, the explanation provided struck me as a very broad and existential form of spirituality. The spiritual nature of Luminous really only plays a role in the motivations of a single character. The book's main flaw lies with its villains. There is a single compromised and selfish individual that strikes me as plausible in the post-apocalyptic environment, up until the very end. The volume's key villain is meant to function as an embodiment of evil or the wrongness of human nature, but ultimately comes off as more of an amalgam of unpopular or outdated ideas. His cohorts and other nameless bad guys are thugs who engage in acts that make them very comfortable as enemies in the eyes of the reader, a feat normally reserved for cinema Nazis. Frost has little trouble communicating his ideas to the reader. The early portion of the book is rather dominated by the detailed explanations of how each character manages to survive in a new era without electricity. It isn't until later when David, Chris and the rest of the book's traveling crew really play off each other that the text starts to take off. Again, the confrontation with the highly compromised villain kept me flipping the pages faster than any other part. As an ebook, Homo Luminous does better than the average publication. The table of contents is a fully functional component of the Nook's touchscreen, which is a feature that many Smashwords conversions are missing. The cover is viewable in full screen, but the palette of blues and blacks doesn't quite show up well in the black-and-white conversion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 4, 2011
Illuminating Novel - Highly Recommended
Homo-luminous is a brilliant and beautiful novel into a possible earth future. The eruptions that take place in the novel show the planet changing from unknown astronomical forces. This not only occurs in the solar system, but affects each individual who inhabits the earth. These changes enhance, exaggerate, and illuminate the characters in the novel. The main character, David, a shy, quiet, kind and rather inhibited man finds he has exceptional leadership abilities. Another character, Lori, finds her own singing and healing abilities expanded. Chris finds he's just been going along and possibly accepting brutality, and he now has to make new choices. But there are character deficits in many individuals who want to rule the world with their own rigid, cruel and fundamentalist beliefs, who will do anything to control people and their own power.
There are tragedies, losses, and the longing for the familiar in a cold, icy new world. Those whose fundamentalist beliefs clash with the new dreams for a kind and utopian civilization lead into an adventurous and deadly war to rescue the tortured and enslaved.
The descriptions in the novel are illuminating, skillful and beautiful. I highly recommend this wonderful novel.