December 15, 2015
Vessel, by Lisa Creswell
On April 18, 2112 the sun exploded in a Class X solar storm the likes of which humankind had never seen. They had nineteen minutes. Nineteen minutes until the geomagnetic wave washed over the Earth, frying every electrical device created by humans, blacking out entire continents, every satellite in their sky. Nineteen minutes to say goodbye to the world they knew, forever, and to prepare for a new Earth, a new Sun. Generations after solar storms have destroyed nearly all human technology on Earth and humans have reverted to a middle ages like existence, all knowledge of the remaining technology is kept hidden by a privileged few called the Reticents and books are burned as heresy. Alana, a disfigured slave girl, and Recks, a traveling minstrel and sometimes-thief, join forces to bring knowledge and books back to the human race. But when Alana is chosen against her will to be the Vessel, the living repository for all human knowledge, she must find the strength to be what the world needs.
My biggest complaint with Vessel, by Lisa Cresswell, is that the story was disjointed. I understand the appeal of telling a story from different perspectives, but I really didn’t care about Recks. The story is about Alana, and when it diverged to Recks, my interest waned.
There was this Hunger Games/Maze Runner style vibe to it, but what it really reminded me of was the Tales of a Dying Star series, by David Kristof. Overall, Vessel was a good read, and I’d be interested in reading beyond the final chapter.
I’m glad I took a chance on Lisa Cresswell when I saw Vessel on NetGalley.
This book is a 3.5-star read, and I’ll up-star it to 4 on Amazon and Goodreads.
Lisa, like most writers, began scribbling silly notes, stories, and poems at a very young age. Born in North Carolina, the South proved fertile ground to her imagination with its beautiful white sand beaches and red earth. In fifth grade, she wrote, directed and starred in a play “The Queen of the Nile” at school, despite the fact that she is decidedly un-Egyptian looking. Perhaps that’s why she went on to become a real life archaeologist? Unexpectedly transplanted to Idaho as a teenager, Lisa learned to love the desert and the wide open skies out West. This is where her interest in cultures, both ancient and living, really took root, and she became a Great Basin archaeologist. However, the itch to write never did leave for long. Her first books became the middle grade fantasy trilogy, The Storyteller Series. Her first traditionally published work, Hush Puppy, is now available from Featherweight Press. Lisa still lives in Idaho with her family and a menagerie of furry critters that includes way too many llamas!