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Aurora Rising by Toni Seger - a review

Aurora is the first half-machine in the world of the Telefax Trilogy by Toni Seger. Her father was a fully autonomous andriod and her mother, a Samerac-- a race that lives "primitively" and shuns the machine culture created by the Federation (Their story is told in book one, Telefax Box). Since childhood, Aurora has lived on Samera as an outcast, keeping to herself and avoiding the natives who see her as a devil, but now a machine-loving sect has sought her out. The Dodis raise Aurora to almost godlike status, making her their leader as they petition the Federation to become a member race, one separate from the Samerac. Many in the Federation view Aurora as an abomination to be destroyed, but Samera is one of the last resources for a much sought after mineral and admitting the Dodis and Aurora to the Federation would provide access.

Aurora Rising by Toni Seger is wonderful sequel to Telefax Box. I was pleasantly surprised to find the characters and overall writing is much more mature than the first book. I still think the portrayal of Central (the prized laboratory of the Federation) is a bit on the satirical side. Many of the beings portrayed as important races are more caricature that character. But where Central's beings are wanting, Aurora and the Dodis have a deepness to them that enriches their story.

My Recommendation
If you have already read Telefax Box, Aurora Rising is a must. Even without having read the first book, I feel science fiction fans would appreciate the latest in the Telefax Trilogy by Toni Seger.

Aurora Rising by Toni Seger
Printed by CreateSpace
252 pages

Aurora Rising by Toni Seger is available at Amazon.com

The author provided me with a free review copy of Aurora Rising

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