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As with book 1, “Infusion” starts with Peter Wooley in Irian Jaya, Indonesia in 1977, but now we get a fuller picture about what happened to him when he was killed by the tribesmen, and a first instance of the tree kangaroo, Mbaiso, making an autonomous decision. Then we are back with the Darnells, Bobby, Ashley and Carlos, who, accompanied by Samuel and the Lamotelokhai (now disguised as Addison), are trying to get back home. As they travel through the bush, the Lamotelokhai communicates to them how and when he came to earth, and of what he is capable. “It was clear that the Lamotelokhai’s discovery would be seen as one of the most significant events in human history. Bringing it out of hiding was now their chief responsibility”. Quentin does not wish to make the same mistake as his father, but he is aware that the Lamotelokhai’s “knowledge is a gift for all, not just a few. To be sure you benefit everyone, we believe we should take you to where we come from” – that is, the USA. First though they need to get out of Indonesia. Bobby seeks the Lamotelokhai’s aid, and once again the things do not even go part way as planned. Chaos ensues, and it is brought horrifyingly home to the Americans, that simply verbalised wishes can have devastating consequences. The Lamotelokhai does not have human thought patterns or sensibilities, and they need to be very, very careful – not only of what they ask of the Lamotelokhai, but to whom they can entrust it. This tale is reminiscent (though much, much more involved and considered) or fairy tales about finding a genie and being given three wishes. In the fairy tales, it never works out well – and here also it has the propensity to go completely pear shaped. The Papuans see the Lamotelokhai as the bringer of the end of the world, and it soon become apparent why. The book invites you to think about how you could use such extraordinary power. What could you wish for that would benefit humanity? I have read so much dystopian fiction, that I could never trust a wish for world peace (there is ‘peace’ in world dictatorships). Bill Gates and other Silicon Valley billionaires are committed to curing all health problems (one issue at time), but as Bobby points out, you may then have a problem of over-population. No benefit can be without adverse consequences. I feel that somehow, the most selfish of wishes – cure me, make me rich, beautiful, famous etc – are those least likely to destroy mankind. What a dismal thought. Bobby’s eventual solution is gifted – and perhaps the only way to go. “The alien knowledge and technology was now just trickling into human culture without turning the entire world upside down. Instead of diffusion, Bobby liked to think of it as careful, measured infusion of ideas.” This book is just as brilliantly thought out and told as “Diffusion”. It cannot be read as a stand-alone, but after you have started “Diffusion”, you will simply have to read this – and the sequel “Profusion”.
THINGS AREN'T THE SAME. Infusion is the second book in the Diffusion series. This book can be read as a standalone but I would not recommend that. It starts where Diffusion left off and it ends in a cliffhanger. There is violence. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that info here. This storyline is an interesting mix of mystery, anthropology, and SciFi. There are some interesting twists and turns throughout the book. I have my suspicions as to some of the things in the next story. I'll have to read it to find out if I guessed right.