Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Book Review : Twin-Bred By Karen A. Wyle

As a mother of twins I have been able to experience the twin connection first hand.  There is a bond between twin siblings that is beyond what words can truly express. In my experience the attachment between the children runs so deep that the connection is stronger than that of the relationship between the children and their parents.

Because this book involves the twin connection it was of great interest to me, however the addition of science fiction elements makes Twin-Bred a must read for all.

Let's talk  about the book:

For seventy years members of the human race have lived on the planet Tofarn along side the Tofa people. However their  differences in appearance, mannerism and culture prove to be a cause of contention.

Afraid the next incident could lead to war scientist Mara Cadell has a radical proposal, the Twin-Bred Project. The purpose of the project is for host mothers to carry fraternal twins; one Tofa and one human. She hopes that the joining of their cultures will allow the races of Tofarn to better understand each other and eventually bring peace.

The human counsel approves the project and the Tofa agree to cooperate. However readers will soon learn that the Tofa have their own agenda. As if that weren't enough to put the entire project in jeopardy a racist council member, Councilman Kimball, believes that the human colonists should have killed off the Tofa race before inhabiting Tofarn.

Chaos ensues and it's up to Mara and the internal voice of her deceased twin, Levi, to avoid the dangers and shepherd the Twin-Bred project through to completion.

Can inter-species diplomacy begin in the womb? Will the Twin-Bred fulfill their destiny and bring peace to the Planet of Tofarn? Or will Councilman Kimball turn the Twin-Bred into a weapon against their own species?

A Review By R. Lee Holz:

"Twin-Bred is one of the best science fiction novels I've read in decades. It is literary fiction as well as S-F. . . . Twin-Bred is anything but derivative. To the contrary, it is one of the most original stories I've ever read, not an easy thing given the countless variations on human/alien encounters and relations already published . . . . [T]he book is beautifully written and riveting. The complex, flawlessly structured plot evolves logically, but continues to surprise to the very end . . . . Highly recommended for lovers of both S-F and literary fiction." -- R. Lee Holz, author

About the author, Karen A Wyle:

Karen A. Wyle  resides with her husband and children in Bloomington, Indiana. Her childhood ambition was to be the youngest ever published novelist. While writing her first novel at age 10, she was mortified to learn that some British upstart had beaten her to the goal at age 9. She finished that novel nonetheless. After a prolonged detour, she returned to writing novels in 2010. Wyle self-published Twin-Bred on October 15, 2011 -- her older daughter's birthday. She has another novel in rough draft and will shortly be starting the sequel to Twin-Bred.

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Q & A:

Q. What inspired you to write Twin-Bred?

A. I read an article online about interactions between twins in utero -- synchronized movement, touching, even kissing. Either this article or a comment on the article mentioned the long term effect of losing a twin in utero. As an avid science fiction reader, I tend to see the sci-fi potential in any event or discovery. I imagined a scientist seeking to overcome the comprehension gap between two intelligent species by way of the bond between twins. It would be natural for the scientist who conceived this idea to be a twin; it would be intriguing if she were a twin survivor, and if she had somehow kept her lost twin alive as a companion, who could be a character in the story.
On a deeper level, I have always been fascinated by communication issues and the struggle to understand what is different.


Twin-Bred is available in paperback and as an ebook for Nook or Kindle (and soon for other e-readers), at the following websites:
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  1. Sounds like a nice read. The issue of understanding differences is interesting because of its complexity. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Interesting and kind of scary concept!