Debut author, ileso DMC introduces us to his exciting, YA novel about the afterlife, “The Request for Lambency”:
The entire world, set in the near future, has changed since the discovery of these ‘requests.’ New businesses and services are created to capture this significant moment after death. All religions are forced to translate what this peaceful, yet unusual occurrence means with the consensus being that their supreme being is allowing one sentimental object to be taken into their afterlife. Social media erupts with new apps to track these request videos as the global public has an addiction to them.
Powa is a teenager who partially uploads a request video that creates a social media frenzy. She successfully leaves summer school to escape her pursuers who happen to be an aggressive corporation that is grossly invested in the well-being of the human body. To make matters worse, a government agency whose assignment is to authenticate all request videos, services, and businesses is demanding to view that video in its entirety.
Unable to determine friend from foe, she confides in an unacquainted classmate who convinces her to take a journey from her hometown to San Diego’s Comic-Con as they pick up his slightly unusual friends along the way.
Along the way, they learn of other cruel measures companies are willing to invest in having their device be the object of ‘the request.’ They soon discovered that to be more difficult than they had anticipated. Only one corporation was the exception to this rule. They believe the final piece to the puzzle lies with Powa even though she is convinced other celestial forces are at play.
I find I really enjoy stories that include some aspect of spirituality, regardless of the genre, and this story does not disappoint me. It blends an earthly perspective of spirituality and science fiction in a pleasing manner.
I am committed to no spoilers, but I will say this, some of the action gets very exciting! The dialog of teens and young adults was a lot of fun, the characters were very believable, I laughed out loud many times.
Most of the scene-setting was tight, almost too tight at times. A little more description would have improved the movie in my mind. The plot was woven skillfully with plenty left to carry into the next book.
I enjoyed this story so much; I award a score of 4.2 stars to “The Request for Lambency”.
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Tags: conspiracy, science fiction, teens, comic con,
Copyright © 2019 Mark L. Schultz except for the author’s introduction
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