“Man, in his present form, must be replaced in order for peace and harmony to exist. Such self-destructive forces make him easy prey in a galaxy as violent as this one. Such self-destructiveness threatens all of life.”
–Ty, from Part 1: The Death of Innocents
Warning: this review is not for the faint of heart.
A task is at hand to challenge your imagination. Will you accept?
What if I were to tell you that you are not in control of your thoughts? That everything you believed to be true of your life and of this Earth is a manipulation? Ever wonder why everyday can feel like a new beginning? Never underestimate the power of invisible creatures, controlling your thoughts about the world and even yourself.
People often call them ghosts; others call them spirits of the once living. Apparitions that fool your mind into thinking that you are hallucinating are delusional answers to what really is flying around your cranium. Little winged creatures called Saeshells are not cute critters. Highly intelligent creatures, they are in control of The Book of Time, an ancient book of magical properties that display the past and the future. Unbeknownst to human beings, The Book of Time is not just any book made out of trees. It is a living book, one that “controls those who read it.”
In a universe full of history of the Sophistans, Elof2, teacher of the children of Sophista Ty and Tyco, must teach both children the power and consequences of their own talents. At the same time, Elof2 must engage Ty and Tyco in the history of Sophista in order to prepare them for their upcoming special ceremony. Harnessing Ty and Tyco’s talents in an ethical way is of utmost importance.If not ethically motivated in their actions, they will be euthanized.
In The Saeshell Book of Time, Part 1: The Death of Innocents, author Rusty Biesele introduces readers into a world in which everything we know about our universe is challenged. By linking to the Guardian, a computer like interface in which all of the memories of Sophista is stored, Ty and Tyco journey through time to places like London and San Francisco to learn the life of Elof2, Tova2, and Stefan, the “secret King of contemporary Earth.”
As Ty and Tyco are introduced to a challenging and stimulating scientific scenario where randomness and fantasy intermingle within the text, readers also undergo a journey of the mind in which the way one thinks about the world, and the way one communicates within it, reveals much more about the power of human thought.
Telepathy, one of the main forms of communication between the Children of Sophista, the Sophistan-Humans, and the Guardian, is used throughout the text as a way that differentiates Part 1: The Death of Innocents from any other typical book. The story is written in a way that expresses the differing levels of telepathy: linking, or memory sharing through touch as well as telepathy through private and public channels.
This story is also written in a way that expresses the circularity of time. Time itself is interwoven between strands of the past, present, and future. Caution: those who are afraid to travel into the future while still maintaining a present physical form, make sure you contact your local traveling agency. You have been warned.
This story is for readers who are ready to take a leap of faith to challenge their imaginations and their minds. Again, this is not for the faint of heart. For you curiosity seekers out there, be ready to take off into a world in which even time itself cannot keep up.
Part 1: The Death of Innocents is one of four books ready to be read. The Saeshell Book of Time Part 2: The Rebirth of Innocents will be released on March 29th of this year. I recommend you buy the first book to prepare for the continuation of the story! You can purchase Part 1: The Death of Innocents here.
Visit Mr. Biesele’s webpage for more information on the Children of Sophista Series.