Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Savage Survival by Darrell Bain



Genre: Science fiction

Publisher: Twilight Times Books, www.twilighttimesbooks.com

Darrell Bain's finest novel to date. Savage Survival is a coming of age novel like no other and Lyda Brightner is a character you'll remember forever. Raped at eleven. Forced to kill. Subjected to suffering in one brutal and horrible environment after another, with no parents or guardian to protect her as she grows up. Millions of earthmen have been captured by invulnerable aliens and are being put through the strangest and most terrifying survival tests ever imagined. Young Lyda Brightner's first experience after being thrown into the midst of undisciplined humans is horrible enough, but she doesn't know that the trials are just beginning. She doesn't know that only a few hundred of the millions of captives will live through the vicious and cruel winnowing process. Again and again as she grows into a young woman, she has to call on the only resources she has available: her own innate bravery, her quick mind, her unwavering belief in the goodness of the majority of humans and ultimately, an enduring hope that one day she will find someone to love. But even if she lives through all this, she will still have to face the final question. What do the aliens have in mind for the few survivors?

4 comments:

Writer said...

HI-
I'll be around through the day to answer questions and comments on Savage Survival.
Happy Reading.
Darrell

Cheryl said...

Glad to see you around Darrell. I know I've already asked you lots of questions, but I have a curious mind.

Does religion or faith in a higher power come into play in this novel at all? Does it help to motivate Lyda to survive?

Thanks.

Cheryl

Writer said...

Hi Cheryl--
Religion and faith come into play, but it is not a motivating factor for Lyda. She finds out quickly that the prayers and appeals to God for help she sees being made are not effective at all. Later on, there will be confrontations with fake preachers, yet she realizes that at the very least, there exists a need for a day to be set aside for those who still want the comfort of religion.
Good question.
Darrell

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the great answer Darrell.

Cheryl