Review of Velocious Evolution

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Review of Velocious Evolution


[Following is an official review of "Velocious Evolution" by Ron Saetermoe.]
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5 out of 5 stars
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Dr. Keene tried everything he could to save his daughter from cancer. Despite consulting the best doctors, there was nothing more they could do for her. She needed to go into hospice care. Dr. Keene’s daughter, Leslie, decided to receive this care at home. Nurse Simms was assigned to her as her nurse. Dr. Keene was emotionally devastated; he didn’t want to lose his only child. Then, he met someone who introduced himself as Tic. Tic promised to cure Leslie’s cancer, but in exchange, Dr. Keene must help him with something his planet needs the most. What wouldn't a parent do to save their only child?
Velocious Evolution by Ron Saetermoe is a captivating and emotionally charged science fiction novel that blends personal tragedy with an interplanetary quest for survival. Dr. Keene is a professor who is on the brink of losing his daughter, Leslie, to cancer. Having already lost his wife, Janice, to the same disease, Keene is overwhelmed with grief and desperation. Balancing his teaching responsibilities and the emotional strain of his daughter’s illness, Keene is assigned Dana, an enthusiastic and intelligent graduate teaching assistant who adds a dynamic layer to his professional life.
My favorite character in the book is Leslie. Having been on the brink of death, one can imagine what she went through, how she tried to fight cancer, and how she accepted her fate. It was heartbreaking to see her that way and to witness her going through it. The pain of not living a normal life like her peers was palpable. Additionally, the story clearly shows that she has a pure heart.
The book is a masterful blend of science fiction and human drama, offering a compelling narrative that explores themes of hope, resilience, and the universal quest for survival. The characters are richly developed, and the plot is both emotionally resonant and intellectually stimulating. Dana was another character I loved. I appreciated her intelligence and felt the writer could have given her a more active role in the book beyond the part she played. I found nothing to dislike about the book. Additionally, the book is impeccably edited.
I rate the book 5 out of 5 stars. This is one of the best plots I have read. The introduction of Tic from Kepler-186e adds a fascinating science fiction element. The detailed portrayal of Keene’s skepticism turning into trust, especially after discovering Tic’s background and experiencing the treatment himself, was handled expertly. The global political intrigue and media frenzy surrounding Tic’s mission to save his planet further enhance the plot’s richness. I recommend the book to fans of science fiction and emotional drama.

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Post by Amy Luman »

I’d be interested in knowing where Tic’s planet was and what Dr. Keene could do to save it. I guess I’ll have to read the book to find out. Thanks!
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Post by NetMassimo »

A personal drama intertwined with a planetary drama is definitely not the usual foundation for a story, so I'm intrigued by the possible developments of this novel and curious to see what will happen to Tic's planet and Leslie. Thank you for your great review!
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