A fantastical debut novel concerns the union of two supernatural entities.
When the reader first meets Destiny, it’s her wedding day. Far from an ordinary bride, Destiny is said to have “all the powers in the world—could turn sand into gold if she wanted to, move objects using her eyes…even vanish into thin air.” The catch, though, is that she uses none of these powers in real life and instead makes her way through reality “with all its inherent rules and unpleasantness.” Likewise, Destiny’s betrothed is no average groom. Fate, as he is called, comes from far away and is described grandly as “he who is neither created nor the creator.” An epic joining if there ever was one, Destiny knows that the marriage will result in “some sort of a golden age.” After tying the knot, the two head to Fate’s majestic world, complete with a castle and moving stairs (“We call them escalators,” Fate explains). When all the feasting and merriment is complete, it is time to get down to business. Becoming pregnant, Destiny wishes to return to her village to give birth. As Destiny travels back to her home world, what will the future hold for her family and the rest of the universe? What of her son, who will be known as Choice? Mythological in construction, the novel incorporates dreams and other fanciful elements (not the least of which are the embodiments of Space and Time) into an already dreamy tale. A reader intrigued by a free-wheeling narrative replete with polarized Astral light can expect an array of similar conceits. Dotted with articulations, such as the observation that “the more time you have experienced, the shorter it seemed to get,” the quirky story is not without its more grounded rewards. Wading through less than thrilling details, such as the mental sharpness and education of Choice, the reader is not mesmerized at all points. But the author maintains the sense of metaphysical whimsy throughout, making for a tale that winds its way through any number of oddities to get to a philosophical core.
Wild and meditative, this heady book delivers plenty of ideas, some large, some obvious.