"Fast-paced science fiction thriller"
In 2030 India, Hindu Fundamentalists take control of the
government and reinstate the caste system. Riots erupt as
the Untouchables try to reverse the political and social
systems, but their caste and only their caste, are struck
down by a deadly plague. This disease gives credence to
the belief that the Untouchables are beneath the notice of
the other, higher castes.
Jaya Nihalani, an Untouchable, has fought against the
government for much of her life and is regarded as a
terrorist. When a mutated form of the plague strikes she
is turned into a Receiver, able to communicate with a ship
manned by those who seeded our planet millennium ago. Now
Earth has evolved enough to be absorbed into the Rasatran
Empire and Jaya must make sure that the assimilation goes
well or Earth will be destroyed.
EMPIRE OF BONES is a fast-paced science fiction
thriller that shows what could happen when First Contact
occurs. The homeworld of Rasatra's politics, culture and
social structure is crafted in such intricate detail it
feels as if Liz Williams is a native social
anthropologist. Yet the talented writer never slows down
the action while providing characters, both human and
alien, that are believable and understandable inside the
strong plot. All this makes for a great novel and easy
conversion into an excellent movie.
Harriet Klausner - Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 2, 2002