2394: Mirrors of the Past
by P. Roscoe

"And so the old world ends and a new one rises, trying not to re-create its own past."

this developing world's new human population is just beginning to awake. To make plans for the future, the people must understand the past. Eventually Resha and Swallow come to a point where they realize they must understand the ancient past before the population was drugged. In their escapades they set out to do just thatĀ­first by storytelliing, and then by traveling to an ancient city. Initially, their relationship begins as mentor/student, but as the two women travel together and talk, they discover they have deeper feelings for one another.

There's some very good, descriptive writing in this novel. Roscoe creates a distinct world through thorough world-building that brings the reader's imagination to life, and the developing relationship between Resha and Swallow is very sweet. The drugging of the population and their slow awakening might remind hardcore science fiction fans of the Elois in H.G. Well's The Time Machine. Yet much of the world-building is in the backstory, which Roscoe employs by turning it into a story Resha tells to Swallow. It takes up much of the book, and therefore slows the pace.

Roscoe heavily features the two main characters throughout the story, and the lack of major conflict between them occasionally slows the story. But this meticulous story is a wise treatise on what could easily happen to humanity if we're not careful, and that makes this book worth a read, especially for science fiction fans.

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