Title: A Gleam of Light
Author: T.J. and M.L. Wolf
Genre: Speculative Fiction, UFOs, Mystery
Page Count: 340
In 1995, at the age of eight, Una Waters survived a terrifying encounter at 30,000 feet aboard Flight 564 from Dallas to Las Vegas. It changed her forever. After 21 years, and a decade away from the Hopi Reservation where she grew up as a child, a surprise plea for help brings Una back, to solve a mystery that threatens their traditional way of life. The U.S. Army’s sudden interest regarding a cave discovery in the Sacred Peaks has triggered alarm, leading to violence. With the help of friends, new and old, Una must confront her painful past, seek proof to qualify the ancient site for protection under law, and stand up to a stiff-necked general, whose agenda is more concerned with retrieving a mysterious power source.
**I was sent this book by the authors in exchange for an honest review**
Before I officially start my review, I would firstly like to thank the authors for sending this book to me. This was the first book that I have ever gotten sent to me for review and for that, this book will forever and always have a special place in my heart.
A Gleam of Light will be an interesting book for me to review because I have yet to read a book in this type of genre. The main character is from a Native American Hopi tribe, which is mainly what peaked my interest in accepting this book for review. What I didn’t know was that this book follows her as she tries to uncover UFO-like objects and secrets that the military is hiding.
As the characters go, they each had their own personalities but I didn’t seem to click with any of them. It may have to do with me being a teenager and me being so used to reading about teenagers, but none of the characters felt real enough for me to sympathize with any of them. They also felt lackluster and plain, most of them being used as plot points to move the story farther.
Following that, I felt like Una was the only person with drive and any sort of reason to uncover the truth. Not just that, but I also felt like things were too easy for her. Whenever there was a roadblock it seemed like a solution was thrown her way in order for her to overcome that roadblock.
The story itself felt kind of flat to me. There were a lot of truths being uncovered and discovered by the characters but it still felt like nothing was actually happening or changing.
This story did fall due to the showing instead of telling of the writing, which is unfortunate because it could’ve been something great if the authors spent some more time developing the characters and brushing up plot points.
What I did like is the Native American culture explored in this book. I am part Native American myself so it was nice to read a book about that. In the future I would like to read more books with Native American culture because it is a topic that peaks my interest.
The ending was satisfying enough for me. There are supposed to be two other books coming out in this trilogy for those who are interested in learning more about these characters and how everything ends up going down. Since I was satisfied with how things ended I don’t think I will be picking up the second and third books, but I will be reading reviews to see if the structural issues I had are fixed and improved upon.
My Rating: 2 Stars
Overall, the premise of this book was intriguing but for someone that doesn’t believe in UFOs, I’m unsure whether I was the right fit for this book or not. If you’re interested in UFOs then this book would be more your taste than it was mine, but I appreciate the authors sending the book to me nonetheless because it’s something I never would’ve picked up on my own.
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