"Exciting futuristic but bleak tale"
For star road ship mother Zoya Kundara the
circuitous journey from and back to Earth last 250 years.
She is the only original crew member still alive. However,
the years of radiation while seeking a planetary haven has
led to a barren population unable to reproduce itself.
Since no planet was found, the shrinking desperate crew
return to Earth praying that the plague that sent them
solar finally ended. Though there has been no communication
with earth in most of the time since they left, the star
road crew have good reason to believe the plague is gone
since ten thousand years have passed in Earth time.
The Earth has dramatically changed as a quasi crystal
defying the laws of physics dominates much of the surface.
After a deadly first encounter with a cannibal witch queen,
Zoya goes forward as an envoy to the apparent power, the
ice nuns. Though Zoya seeks peace, the ice nuns and an
enigmatic ally attuned to the ice like substance plan to
destroy the space travelers and use their technology for
Maximum Ice will provide maximum fun to fans of
science fiction. The story line is loaded with action and
several exciting subplots that cleverly tie back to the
main trunk of the tale. The characters, including the
enigmatic ice, seem genuine and Earth a realistic cold,
foreboding planet. Kay Kenyon allows her vivid imagination
to go wild, but places her concepts into a cohesive,
powerful novel that will send sub-genre fans leaping for
other creations by this talented author.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 31, 2001