Reader: Daughter of Time: Book 1

Erec Stebbins
Twice Pi Press (2013)
ISBN 9780989000444
Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (11/13)


Let me start by saying that this is my first Science Fiction novel. I have always steered away from reading Sci-Fi because I featured that the scientific jargon would turn me off or I would get too confused to want to carry on with the book. I must say that I am so glad I got the chance to read “Reader: Daughter of Time: Book 1” by Erec Stebbins as my first Sci-Fi book.

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy “Reader” was to read. I became consumed with the book early on. I noticed a few things that freaked me out right away. Starting with the title page where the author, Erec, signed the book with a note that says “My best and please send a prayer for Ambra.” Then the book dedication says “For Ambra: I did what I could and enjoyed the company.”

Erec, if your goal was to confuse me and make me wonder if this book was fiction or non-fiction, you did a good job. Ambra is the main character in the book. Ambra tells her story through the author, often making me feel uncomfortable like she was in my ear talking to me. This is not a bad thing. Yes, for me it was a bit odd at first. But then again, I haven’t ever read Sci-Fi before so who am I to judge. Nonetheless, I thought it was unique and brilliant.

Ambra Dawn was just a little girl when she was taken from her family. She had a gift, a gift that “they” want. In the synopsis, the story is considered a “mind-bending adventure” and I have to fully agree. As a ‘Reader,’ Ambra can use her powers to unlock the Orbs and possibly save humanity. Her tumor contains her gift, making her special and in demand among the aliens.

As the story progresses, you learn who Ambra is and how she sees through blind eyes. Ambra learns to use her mind in the most powerful ways; ways she never thought possible. As she learns of what is needed from her, she is on a journey to save humanity. After suffering from torture, Ambra holds on to her 17-year-old self and tries to do what she can. With only memories of her parents, she is alone. You would need to read “Reader” yourself to find out more.

“Reader: Daughter of Time: Book 1” by Erec Stebbins has got to be one of the most fascinating stories I have yet to read. Completely unlike anything I have ever read or even watched on TV. Brilliant, just brilliant!

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