The Scars of Gaia by R.P. Lauer

Five out of five stars

Cover of the book The Scars of Gaia

This dystopian sci-fi novel focuses on the relationship between James, a merchant from Deice, and Claire, a botanist from Acumen. These two nations, which are part of the world of Gaia, have dramatically different values. Deice prizes power and physical strength while Acumen cares only about knowledge and science. 

Birds flying underneath colorful cloud cover.

James and Claire discover that their nations may be on the brink of war. The pair must figure out what, if anything, can be done to stop the destruction.

The parallels between these two opposing societies and the polarization present in our country now made this an even more compelling read for me.

Part one of the story unhurriedly sets the stage for the events to come. The pacing picks up significantly in part two and sprints to a surprising and satisfying conclusion.

I appreciated the book’s message that real strength comes from compassion, empathy, and love.

I look forward to reading more by R.P. Lauer.

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