FROZEN IN TIME: The search is on!
Once the centre of advanced technology, Phile has suffered the depredations of the tyrant, Grat. Yet the Gridian people remain committed to ridding their world of the invaders. The rebellion has a new leader in Flannery Wosk, but before he can lead, Wosk must overcome his own pain at his years of inaction.
The rebellion can only succeed if the rightful heir to the Gridian throne can be found in a perilous race against time between the rebels, Grat's fleet, a traitor and a murderous spy.
C.A. Dawson creates a tapestry of far-off worlds, rich characters, emotional reawakening and heroism in the grand SF tradition. FROZEN IN TIME will be sure to delight readers of all ages.
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Frozen in Time By C. A. Dawson Babora Books 307 pp., $18.95, Trade PB With her second novel published by Babora Books, C. A. Dawson further establishes herself as a writer of bloody good Science Fiction. In CACIN, Dawson set the action against an underlying theme of a tyranny so extensive that it can take away even our inner defenses. FROZEN IN TIME further examines the sacrifices that must be made to resist tyranny. FROZEN IN TIME examines a rebellion against Grat, a Rontonian invader of the world Phile. Grat has placed himself on the throne of the Gridian people and holds his subjects captive through absolute rule. Only one hope remains for the Gridians: that The Child, the rightful heir to the throne who has been carefully hidden on another world, can be found. In a parallel plot-line, Dawson introduces us early on to this heir-a bright and active thirteen year-old named Caroline Brookes, who lives on Earth, on the western coast of Canada in a city suspiciously like Victoria. Caroline, along with her friend Michael Hatley, ground the reader nicely, and provide a personal reason to care about the distant doings of Grat and the Gridian uprising. Among the many things Dawson does well in her writing is to mix technology with psi functions in a believable way. Her "scouts" in this book are able to manipulate the dreams of others, but are not able to, say, cause Grat to have a stroke. Dream manipulation and space ships exist together nicely in Dawson's world without causing the reader to question the logic of such juxtaposition. As with CACIN, Dawson provides strong and interesting characters. While Flannery Wosk, one of the scouts, is the protagonist of the story, secondary characters such as N'grawn Heldan-"Grat's woman," as Flannery describes her-provide real depth. The characters are complex, and often are not at all what they first seem. In fact, because of Dawson's ability to give true roundness to her characters, my only complaint with the book is that she does not do so with Grat, but leaves him bad to the core. FROZEN IN TIME gives the reader a believable look at what it means to resist a dictator. Often, books of fiction that attempt to do that focus on the "big picture", and forget the very personal sacrifices that must be made. N'grawn's position, for example, is certain to elicit real horror in the reader. Dawson certainly provides the broadness needed for a conflict such as the one she presents, but she never forgets the small details either. In short, FROZEN IN TIME is a book worth reading. It's exciting and interesting, but it also has a deeper layer that is satisfying to readers looking for more than just action.