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The past, present and future meet in Kathy Bell’s debut novel, Regression. Bell, who was born in a small Ontario town on the shores of Lake Huron, is an Owen Sound teacher, and, when she is not in the classroom, a novelist.
I puzzled over this one, testing my disbelief as I always do when approaching speculative fiction. At first, I found Adya Jordan’s time regression a bit hard to take but then I sank into the story, a time shaping novel about a mysterious corporation, Three Eleven, out to change the world. Laced with dialogue that races the story on, Regression shows a clever use of plot, time changes and an inventive mind that all add up to a surprise – a wellcrafted work of futuristic fiction. –Andrew Armitage, Book Editor, Owen Sound Sun Times
A typical girl with atypical genes, Adya tries to recapture her old life, hiding her growing conviction that she has done this before. The man she loves doesn’t even know she exists yet, but she is haunted by memories of their life together.
Accidentally discovering the secretive Three Eleven Corporation might know more about her situation than she does, she is certain the twenty-eight men heading up the company are responsible for the changes in her world. Adya finds her way into their ranks, journeying to the tropical island headquarters to begin her twenty-week orientation.
Every third chapter, diary entries of scientist Nicholas Weaver are written from the future, the last survivor of the human race. He never quite tells readers all the details but the journal entries allude to a global disaster where one of Adya’s children offers the last hope of survival. A maudlin but affable type, he is responsible for sending Adya back in time, doing it for the love of a woman. Over and over again for more than ten lifetimes – now that’s love.
The Three Eleven Company controls the development and distribution of Twenty-first Century technology brought with them from the future. Charged with the task of preparing the world for the impending disaster, each member of the team uses his scientific background to create a solution for a problem the planet does not know it is facing. But Adya begins to question their program.
Banished to the frozen Canadian Shield for challenging the status quo, she finds the men in the underground city of Sanctum are interested in more than just her genes as they search for the answer to her presence in the timeline.
In the end, Adya encounters a choice no mother should ever face: save her children…or everyone else.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 409 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Northern Sanctum Press; 1st edition (October 24, 2009)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002U829RW
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon.com Sales Rank: #539 in Kindle Store (See Bestsellers in Kindle Store)