Scientist Mara Cadell created the Twin-Bred -- pairs of fraternal twins, one human and one Tofa -- to bridge the profound and dangerous gap between the human colonists on Tofarn and the indigenous Tofa. Unexpectedly, it is the Tofa host mothers who now claim the capacity to bring peace between the two. The Twin-Bred themselves have been forced to abandon their mission and their planet, in the hope of finding a less hostile home. Only one pair remain behind, seeking to build new and separate lives with their own kind.
But Mara and the Twin-Bred should know by now that plans provide little protection. New challenges are in store for all the Twin-Bred, and for those whose lives they touch.
"Reach is a worthy sequel to Twin-Bred. . . .The story line of Twin-Bred is continued and raised in level of depth and complexity. At the same time, a new and exciting story line is added. . . . I trust and hope we are seeing the beginning of one of the outstanding series of Sci-Fi . . . . Highly recommended." -- author R. Lee Holz
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About the Author
Wyle was an English and American Literature major in college, which suited her, although she has in recent years developed some doubts about whether studying literature is, for most people, a good preparation for enjoying it.
Wyle's voice is the product of almost five decades of reading both literary and genre fiction. It is no doubt also influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of practicing appellate law. Her personal history has led her to focus on often-intertwined themes of family, communication, the impossibility of controlling events, and the persistence of unfinished business.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Twin-bred human-alien pairs cross the vastness of space in search of a new home. Bred as twins to bring unity to their world where human and tofa live in uneasy alliance, they finally took to space at the end of book one, Twin-Bred, rather than cause more strife and controversy. This second novel in the series opens with most of the twin-bred, and their creator, on a space-ship, while beloved friends try to blend in at home. It’s been quite a while since I read book one, and I’d say most readers could safely start with this book. But they’ll probably want to know more, and book one’s still out there, enticing with its well-drawn aliens, and convincing insights into different ways of life. The same sense of the alien made real is just as vivid in Reach, and readers can quickly identify with a wholly different way of thinking, smiling, smelling, even sitting to relax (these aliens “lean”). But this isn’t strangeness for strangeness’ sake. Intriguing questions of identity are explored—what makes us real, as well as what makes us human, what constitutes true sharing, and what will it take to make us see ourselves as others see us. Loss, healing and hope rest in surprising places in these pages. Love and life both prove more than merely physical. And, as two characters work separately, together, it seems entirely right that one should muse, “If our reach proves insufficient, I will know, and move closer.” Would that we could apply that same lesson in life, instead of so often fleeing from what seems strange. An enjoyable story with great characters, great plot, and intriguing food for thought, Reach is a worthy successor to Twin-Bred and this author’s reach is impressive. Disclosure: I loved Twin-Bred and I jumped at the chance of a free ecopy of Reach for review.