This was a win from Deb - I have said several times on this blog that I am not partial to paranormal, sci fiction, vampires so why I entered for this I wouldn't know. I am so very glad I did - it took me completely out of my comfort zone and plonked me in something totally alien to me (and I loved it). I finished this in record time once I got going on it last night and am delighted I got the opportunity to read this fascinating book.
Abby born and bred amongst the Inisi tribe in Papua New Guinea through complicated circumstances arrives in America to a land and people totally alien to her in every way. Born to missionary parents Abby is Christian to her core and comes to a land where religion is considered a rather quaint antique of times past. Humans integrate through a pattern of virtual reality rather than physically meeting up and the development of the first transhuman is taking place.
It sounded daunting at this point but I persevered. Abby feels that God has sent her to America to carry out the spirit of missionary work in a land where religion is alien. Abby is confused, angry and questioning of the American public and their refusal to accept God into their lives.
Add to this story twists where people try to eliminate Abby and all she stands for as she stands in the way of their own programmes.
The importance of eternal life as a human as against Abby's version of eternal life with God are the points which emerged from the story. Whether man's overwhelming need to extend the natural life of a human being with the aid of technology is going to override the need for spiritual salvation for human kind? A question we could also ponder over.
A very interesting read - one which held me enthralled from beginning to end. Nice to see which way humanity will go. The other good thing that emerged from this read is that it makes me much more partial to more of this genre in the future.