Often broody, suspicious of those he doesn’t know well, islander, Alec Ellison, has spent his whole life hiding what makes him different. Then uninvited newcomers arrive to bring him to his rightful home, a world where he is so much more than DNA. Oppressive or not, though, life on Gamma is all he’s ever known and leaving doesn’t come easy for him. When he learns that the island and its inhabitants will likely be destroyed if he leaves, he struggles to decide if free will is worth the senseless loss of life.
There are only three ways onto Gamma, an island where liberty is an abstract facade: you’re born here, arrive by invitation, or you sneak in. Invited newcomers are rare and serve only two purposes: to keep the existing population from growing bored, or to increase the population with their approved genetic blue-print. Either way, once an islander, always an islander, and leaving the petri dish is not an option.
The Stone Davis Corporation owns all, controls all, and makes all your decisions. You accept what they give, and what they take away, but understand that management takes way more than they give. Everything you know is a lie. To escape is to resist and no battle worth fighting has ever come cheap.
Wherever law ends, tyranny begins. A war is coming, and GAMMA is the cradle of its genesis.
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Gamma by M Susanne Wiggins is the first and compelling entry in the League of Worlds series, a mix of fantasy and sci-fi with characters and themes that will entice both young and adult readers. Meet Alec Ellison, a man who’s grown up learning to keep to himself, hiding what actually makes him different. He may be an inhabitant of Gamma, but he feels like a stranger, until uninvited visitors come with a strange proposition to take him to a place where he truly belongs and where his gifts can be put to use. The only problem is that the world of Gamma and its inhabitants will be destroyed after he is gone. Can he move away knowing that the world he’s learned to love will fall under a destructive force, even if The Stone Davis Corporation has controlled the lives of the inhabitants in all its aspects? Can he move away while Gamma prepares to be immersed in a galactic war? M Susanne Wiggins creates a world that readers will love to navigate, filled with powerful and interesting images, and a lot that readers can easily imagine. I was pulled in from the very beginning of the story, thanks to the vivid sense of setting and the author’s strong storytelling skills. The characters are well-crafted and Alec is one of those characters that readers will easily relate to, and his dilemma is one of the elements that help in the development of the psychological conflict that drives the plot. This is a wonderful introduction to a series that will provide great entertainment to readers; it is hypnotic and readers will find themselves longing to discover what happens to the characters.