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Aurora Rising

1 rating: 3.0
A book by Toni Seger

Book I of the Telefax Trilogy, The Telefax Box, ended with the first fully functional machine, capable of reproduction, mating with a person. Is this a Frankenstein monster? Book II, Aurora Rising, opens with the product of that mating; Aurora, the first … see full wiki

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Author: Toni Seger
Publisher: CreateSpace
1 review about Aurora Rising

Will need the third book of the trilogy to wrap it all up...

  • Jun 13, 2010
Toni Seger, author of The Telefax Box (first book of The Telefax Trilogy) sent me the second book in the series to read and review... Aurora Rising. While I wasn't quite as fascinated as I was by The Telefax Box, Aurora Rising does a good job of looking at issues like discrimination and control over societies by taking them out of their normal context and transferring them to a time and location in the distant future. Common to today's global realities, Central Command wants to take control of a planetary area and society that they consider "less advanced" than the culture of the rest of the galaxies. In reality, they are really only interested in the resources that they consider valuable and critical to their own survival. Central to this battle is Aurora, a half-machine/half-Samerac being that doesn't socially belong or fit into any culture, but has become a rallying point and lightning rod for the Samerac people as they attempt to stave off the takeover by Central Command.

In The Telefax Box, I was drawn to the technology depictions of different life forms all brought together in a planetary "United Nations" of sorts. Aurora Rising builds on that and goes more into subjects like diplomacy, societal norms and acceptance, and governmental hypocrisy. I probably would have been more in tune with everything going on had there been less time between my reading of The Telefax Box and this book. As such, my mind tended to wander a bit at times. In addition, Aurora Rising doesn't stand very well on its own. You really need to read The Telefax Box first, and there needs to be a third book in order to wrap things up. Given those "keep this in mind" caveats, Aurora Rising gives the reader a number of things to chew on while they wait for the final installment.

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