Undazzled

Undazzled

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by Chance Maree
     
 
This dystopian space adventure is an entertaining, witty, and insightful satire on humanity. It questions, what if we are more alien than we think and what would happen if we encounter a race who are in fact, human?

Earth is dying. A scientific breakthrough allows the harnessing of warp capable space creatures for interstellar voyages. The first flight carries Earth

Overview

This dystopian space adventure is an entertaining, witty, and insightful satire on humanity. It questions, what if we are more alien than we think and what would happen if we encounter a race who are in fact, human?

Earth is dying. A scientific breakthrough allows the harnessing of warp capable space creatures for interstellar voyages. The first flight carries Earth's evacuees to a pristine planet, Ostara. During the voyage, a mass psychosis spreads in which everyone appears more beast than human.

When the ship reaches Ostara, natives already inhabit the planet. Contention is inevitable.

The ship's Commander seeks to avoid the mistakes of colonization, yet, the situation goes awry.

Ostara natives claim that the People of the Canyon will squash the newcomers like vermin. Who are these People of the Canyon, and what do they know about the impending alien invasion on Earth?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781470014612
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
03/17/2013
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

There once was a young man, fiery by Sicilian and Cherokee blood, whose service in the U.S. Marines gave him the courage to win the love of the woman he most desired. He and this tall, blonde-haired, blue-eyed German beauty renounced their scrabble upbringing, that concrete box of city life-they were lured instead by country roads, nature's serenades, and untrimmed pastures.

To their daughter, Chance Maree, they offered arm loads of books from the library each Sunday, a college education, and the certainty that if she worked hard enough, that which she dreamed could be achieved. Accustomed as she grew to literary travels, Chance fled rural serenity to taste the complex textures of cities, work in executives positions for high-tech companies, earn a Master's degree, and travel the world.

Chance Maree is now a bootstrap novelist and story-telling enthusiast who gravitates towards upmarket fiction with a speculative slant. She has published three novels, ALEXIOS, BEFORE DYING, UNDAZZLED, and DARK MATTER TIDING. Her current project is titled, A PRINCESS AMONG THORN AND THISTLE. Chance's writing is eclectic. She strives for plots that twist and surprise. Chance has been transplanted to Texas by her astrophysicist husband where they live with three dogs and a native Texan, scorpion-killing cat.

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Undazzled 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Undazzled by Chance Maree is about a dystopian world on another planet where humans have lost their humanity and the aliens are more human than we ever were. The story follows a set of humans who leave Earth behind and try to colonize a different planet named Ostara. Earth is too crowded and polluted and all the natural resources have been exhausted. But when these humans journey through space and time, they go through a psychological change that makes them more barbaric than human. Once they land on Ostara, they encounter an alien species that is more human than them, but they are not afraid to stake their claim on Ostara. The other species already living on Ostara fight for their rightful space, and will take a few lives if they have to. But there is more to it than anyone knows. This other species knows something sinister about the planet. But what is it? I felt that this is more of a science fiction than a dystopian read, but it is good either way. A thrilling, tension inducing story that will have you biting your nails and desperate for more. The dialogues were crisp (just how I like them) and the story was fast paced. But better than that, the story was complete. It was not understated and it definitely told me what I needed to know. The characters were strong and the characteristics of the new planet awe-inspiring and even a little scary. All in all, if you like a novel that will get your heart racing (in a good way), this one is for you. Nice work!
Richard_Bunning More than 1 year ago
This is the second book from the quill of Chance Maree, following the innovative metaphysical delight that is "Alexios, Before Dying". I criticised that wonderful book for a lack of plot and an over-brevity of description, whilst praising it as a truly creative and original work. This book has gone a step further. The plot is detailed, unpredictable, and exquisitely constructed. The reader has to keep the elements together, but the effort of memory is truly worth it. There is still a fashionable under playing of description, which so plagues modern writing; but there is enough structure to free our imaginations without allowing the reader to run away form the author's control. I can never see the point of using such brevity that we can all mould vital scenes as we want, rather than accurately read the mind of the writer. Chance at least gives us most of the colours to fill in the drawing, though she still leaves a little danger of some of her bright contrasts being smudged. The accuracy of the writing is very good, except in a very few places that I interpreted as confusion caused by savage editing rather than faulty original script. The few confused sentences were just too uncharacteristic, too out of style, to have been those of the author. Perhaps another beta reader was needed before publication, or were there actually too many kitchen assistants? I am so looking forward to Maree's next book, which I'm sure to like even if it is half as good.
Backyard More than 1 year ago
Undazzled was great fun. It went in a totally different direction than I was expecting and had strange but cool concepts.  The "hallucinations" that they all experienced was original and compelling. The fact that everyone morphed into specific creatures was odd to say the least, especially since they didn't physically feel the changes on themselves. It did seen a bit odd at times, particularly when there were sexual relations between them while these hallucinations were occurring.  Tyr was incredibly interesting. We only got a small taste of what he could actually do, and I wish we had gotten to see more of his abilities. I also would have enjoyed another description of him after the hallucination. It was only described once but it was so unusual I had trouble remembering it as I continued reading and had to back track. His friendship with Ata was cute and I was happy to see that at least someone accepted him as a friend.  Gunner was fantastic. His plan was evil and pretty darn ingenious. I mean it was going to be found out at some point but it was still pretty smart. He was never impulsive and I think this quality is what made him such a great villain.  I only wish that a little more description had been present in the end. The interview shown explained quite a bit, but I don't know for sure what happened with the natives, with Ata and Tyr, as well as the "hallucinations". Other than that though I enjoyed Undazzled quite a bit. It was original and an interesting sci fi to say the least.