Nemecene: The Gadlin Conspiracy
Kaz Lefave (Author)
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July 07, 2017
8.4 X 0.8 X 5.5 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author
Kaz Lefave is a Toronto-based science fiction world builder who uses her multi-disciplinary design experience and overflowing imagination to craft compelling stories by connecting the dots between science, art, music, dance, fashion, words, spirit, nature, reason, humanity, darkness, humor, and a curious taste for the inexplicable. Kaz has a bachelor in Applied Science (engineering) from Queen's University, a fashion degree from the Richard Robinson Fashion Design Academy, certifications in personal training and hypnosis, a US Patent in user interface design, an IMBD credit as director of "White," facilitates for the Proctor Gallagher Institute Matrixx program, and has written extensively on environmental issues via WomanNotWaiting.com, LifeAsAHuman.com, and her philanthropy mission at Aguacene. She speaks English, French, Spanish, and has dabbled in German, Arabic, and Russian. Kaz also strives to be a recovering chocoholic, with limited success, and to look more and more like her standard poodle every day.
In the second installment of Lefave's (The Epoch of Redress, 2017) sci-fi series, twins try to prevent the extermination of a people blamed for child abductions and a viral epidemic. It's been a year since Gadlin siblings Elize and Keeto took refuge at Schrodinger University as a student and employee, respectively. They had feared that their father would send Elize away because she had symptoms that were similar to their institutionalized mother's. Those symptoms disappeared for a while, but Elize recently began hearing voices again and suffering memory lapses. Now the city of Eadonberg is plagued by a virus and a rash of child kidnappings, and the Unification government's oppressive Ministry holds the Gadlin race accountable for both. The twins respond by joining their half-Gadlin pal Stitch's underground network to spy on the Ministry. Later, Stitch's Gadlin mentor Odwin mysteriously disappears. An enigmatic woman named Nepharisse also dabbles in espionage; as a member of Global Health Unit's catering staff, she gets close to Sothese, the personal adviser to the Pramam, who heads the Unification. Nepharisse, who has a unique method of killing (when necessary), believes that the twins are "chosen ones," and she wants the same thing that they do: to stop the Pramam from committing genocide. Reading Lefave's preceding novel isn't mandatory before reading this one, but it does enhance the experience; for example, the references to Caroline, an essential character in the earlier story, will become much more meaningful. There's a plethora of strange happenings in this installment, such as the fact that a curious red-granite rock, which Elize retrieved from a murder victim, keeps turning up in her pocket. Some questions also linger from the first volume, particularly regarding the twins' mysterious father, who has ties to the Pramam. Lefave's prose remains strong; one particular highlight is when Elize peruses Keeto's journal, skipping the boring parts and adding her own commentary. An elaborate, futuristic tale that will draw in new readers with its keen characterization.--An elaborate, futuristic tale that will draw in new readers with its keen characterization. "Kirkus Reviews, July 20, 2017 "