Official Review: Earth Below Us by R.V. Tyson

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Official Review: Earth Below Us by R.V. Tyson

Post by kislany » 19 Apr 2019, 03:55

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Earth Below Us" by R.V. Tyson.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Earth Below Us by R.V. Tyson is a religious science-fiction novel set in multiple time periods. WWIII is just about to start with America’s enemies banding together to take over the world. Soon after, we are thrown back to the 17th Century to witness aliens descending upon a group of Quaker people and kidnapping several young girls. One of them is Faith, the daughter of Mary Dyer, the famous martyr who was hanged for her Quaker activities.

Initially, I was confused about the sudden switch from one time period to the other. I couldn’t figure out how the events in the 21st Century connected to the alien kidnapping in the 17th Century; however, halfway through the book, it all started to make sense.

I found the story intriguing, and the fast-paced structure gave it an aura of multi-layered adventure. The author brilliantly married history with distant universes and far-away planets. I love science-fiction novels, and the religious theme didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the story. The gripping tale and the history injected into it kept me entertained throughout. Before reading Earth Below Us, I had little knowledge about the Quaker Movement. After reading it, I embarked on a quest to learn more about the events surrounding Mary Dyer’s life and demise.

The most important aspect of this book, however, is its depiction of the characters. Faith, Mary Dyer’s daughter, was a young and innocent girl who experienced things she neither wanted nor expected. It was a compelling journey to follow her transition into the strong leader who would be a catalyst for changes happening not only on Earth but also on her adopted planet.

The other main characters, like the prince Bodhidharma and the angel, had also interesting developing arcs. While I am not a religious person, I had no trouble connecting to the angel to understand his motivations behind his actions. Bodhidharma’s inner transformation was also impressive, and I gained a newfound respect for the ancient prince, whom I initially disliked.

In terms of the story, my only issue was with the last page. My non-religious upbringing might be the reason why I didn’t grasp the meaning of the last few sentences, and I felt I didn’t get proper closure. Apart from this, there is something to be said for a story that is just plain fun to read.

I didn’t find many grammatical errors, so the book was properly edited. My one annoyance has to do with the author not capitalizing Earth throughout the pages when he did capitalize the names of other planets. For the reasons mentioned above, I deduct one point and give Earth Below Us 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to readers of space opera within the science-fiction genre. If you are also a religious person, you will have a blast reading it. The non-religious among us might feel some discomfort toward the end of the book when biblical references take a more important role, and these readers might be equally puzzled by the ending.

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Post by CharlizeGwapa » 22 Apr 2019, 00:37

I am not so fond of science fiction, but I like the honesty and coverage of the review.

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Post by DogoMulla » 22 Apr 2019, 03:26

It is always refreshing to learn a new interesting fact while reading a book. Also, time shifts in writing and cinema are quite current. Otherwise, your review is well-done. Thank you.

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Post by kandscreeley » 22 Apr 2019, 07:50

A religious science fiction? That's definitely odd. I haven't seen TOO many of those, though I do remember one that I read. In spite of the issues (I think I could get over the author not capitalizing Earth), it sounds promising and something I might enjoy. Thanks so much! Another great review.
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Post by 8amaseter » 22 Apr 2019, 07:57

The review is frank, to me when the author went back over 3 centuries; he would have blended the story immediately. Some readers may not be patient enough to go further into the book before marrying it to the change in time. For lovers of sci-fi/religion, it is a book to add to the shelf.

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Post by Ellylion » 22 Apr 2019, 09:10

I truly am intrigued with your description of the last page of the book :) Sounds like a very interesting read for those who love sci-fi mixed with religious topics, I am among them. The Quaker Movement is another one part of the book worth exploring. Excellent review!

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Post by Nyambura Githui » 22 Apr 2019, 10:52

History, religion and aliens, intriguing combination in a book. Sounds like an interesting read. Thank you for the review.

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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 22 Apr 2019, 14:19

That's an intriguing idea - that today's events might actually be influenced by an alien invasion at some point in history, without anyone having realized it at the time. Thanks for your thorough and interesting review.

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Post by Prisallen » 22 Apr 2019, 14:46

I like science fiction and this sounds like an exciting, action-packed read. Thanks for a wonderful review!

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Post by gen_g » 23 Apr 2019, 00:29

This sounds like such a rollercoaster ride! I'm not a religious person as well, so I believe I might not find the ending satisfying, as you have mentioned. Still, the presence of aliens is intriguing; I'll check it out. Thanks for the review!

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Post by kdstrack » 23 Apr 2019, 21:12

I enjoy books that motivate you to learn more about the characters and themes. The Quakers and their history would be a good subject to investigate. I wonder if this will become a series?? Thanks for the fascinating review.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 28 Apr 2019, 16:39

The Quakers. Religious science fiction. Aliens in the 17th century. I'm intrigued by all these. Your splendid review pushes me to want to read this book. As I am a Christian, I might find the ending to my liking as well.

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