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May 14, 2010 / Leslie (LadyMin)

Review: Regression

Regression by Kathy Bell

Regression by Kathy Bell

Genre: Science Fiction
Published: June 2009
Rating: 3½ of 5 stars

A strong female lead, real science mixed in with speculation and a mysterious voice in the form of a journal from the future kept my interest in Regression, book one of a time-travel, alternate reality trilogy by new author Kathy Bell.

The story opens in November, 2011. Adya, a 40 year old wife and mother is in a car accident. She wakes up in the hospital suffering from a head injury to find that the year is 1985 and she is 14 years old. Her memories of 2011 are so vivid she can’t believe she has imagined the future. Has her consciousness traveled back in time, or is this all a dream?

Adya soon realizes that things are not the same in this 1985 timeline. Some of the differences are subtle and some are striking. Computer technology and transportation have advanced significantly. Is she in an alternate reality or had someone altered the timeline and for what purpose? She is determined to find answers but it will not be easy to disguise the experiences of a 40 year old mind in a 14 year old body.

Every few chapters we read the diary entries of Nicholas Weaver, written from the future. In his cryptic messages we learn that there will be some type of global disaster which will be devastating to the human race and that he is responsible for Adya being sent back in time.

This is a great story with an original concept and a twist in the time-travel genre. It’s not a typical time machine story and avoids the paradoxes and traps that time travel stories often fall into. The use of hard science such as DNA and genetics added realism to the story while the journal entries gave it a touch of mystery.

It’s refreshing to read science fiction with a strong female lead character. At times Adya can be a bit too strong and preachy causing some parts of the book to drag a little while she makes her point, but this is part of the person she is. Overall I found her character to be well developed, possibly at the expense of the other characters, a few of which I would have liked to get to know a little better. The dialog got a little choppy at times and didn’t always flow well but don’t let the author’s style stop you from giving this book a chance.

The ending resolved a few of the plot lines but left many questions unanswered for part two of the trilogy. The next book, Evolussion, will be published later this year and I am looking forward to reading it.

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For more information and to Read a PDF excerpt visit the author, Kathy Bell, at Northern Sanctum.
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Source: Review Copy

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