Cetapiens, by S. Amaranthine, is the follow-up to The Vencello. Cetapiens begins and the ability to time travel has become a reality. The ties between the orca and humans strengthen, and with the help of the ocean creatures from the multiverse they help prepare each other for the journey to save many ocean species from extinction with expression of love as the key.
This is definitely a book you have to be completely dedicated and engaged with in order to understand what is truly going on, and having read The Vencello is recommended in order to not be completely lost. The story is well written but very confusing at times. The descriptions of time travel are fluid and descriptive. The author’s science background shines in this book. The narration gives off an ambiance of silently floating underwater at times while others can be compared to falling through a colorful wormhole. So much goes on in this story; it is quite hard to truly figure out where everything ties together and if certain events truly occurred, and in what universe.
The point of view changes between the different perspectives of the characters, which gives you a better window of what they are thinking about and their emotions. Many scenes such as the deaths of Delora’s son and the orca mother Akenehi’s son are revisited several times, hashing out the different perspectives of what life and death truly means for each creature. Gemini duplications take up the lives that the other characters leave in order to travel through the multiverse. This sometimes becomes confusing to shuffle the information and timelines.
The dialog between characters is smooth and natural sounding and the storyline, though confusing at times, still kept with the main focus of the story. The author does offer a glossary of fictional terms at the end of the book, which if read prior may help keep things more clear, and each chapter is titled by the name of the chapter, the universe the scene takes place, and the characters involved. The editing is spectacular with no visible grammar errors.
Overall, the story is well written but can be confusing. The descriptive narrative is beautifully whimsical in description. The story itself was captivating but some readers may find it difficult to follow. Cetapiens will leave the reader to wonder what is in store for the final book.
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