The Space Traveller’s Lover

Omara Williams

Publisher: AuthorHouse Pages: 284 Price: (paperback) $18.56 ISBN: 9781665592475 Reviewed: July, 2024 Author Website: Visit »

A blend of science fiction and romance with a touch of apocalyptic fiction, Omara William’s novel revolves around the relationship between a teenaged female Earthling and a male alien invader whose race’s secret mission is to destroy humankind.

Erin—just turned 16—lives on an island in a Pacific Ocean archipelago. She works on a tuna farm and has reoccurring dreams of a “golden-uniformed soldier.” When she meets the man in her dreams, he turns out to be a handsome alien military leader named Rothwen. Although his mission ultimately includes exterminating all the humans on Earth, Rothwen is attracted to Erin (who he calls Shaillah). This leads him to make some ill-advised decisions—such as taking her back to his home planet—that could jeopardize the futures of both races.

While the science fiction elements are relatively strong throughout, there are some problematic plot holes in this story. Early on, Erin discovers she was artificially created by the aliens. This—and the aliens’ penchant for evidently creating replicas on other planets before they obliterate the populace—makes little sense. Also, the aliens visited Earth 10,000 years ago and many were murdered by prehistoric humans. How could primitive man successfully battle radically advanced lifeforms?

The romance elements have some serious issues as well. The idea of a just-turned-16-year-old girl with no dating experience being abducted by a man who has secretly watched her for years has a high cringe factor. Also, even after making love with her, he states that he doesn’t love her. “I prefer to be free, go wherever I want…” While the romance thread becomes much stronger at novel’s end—and concludes impressively—much of the relationship seems filled with toxic behavior: controlling conduct, isolation, sudden mood swings, etc.

While the plotline is flawed, Williams’ writing style is fluid and readable—and, just as importantly, she has the creative courage to tackle an ambitious story. The potential exists for notable future releases.

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