The Beautiful Land

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The Beautiful Land

Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy steals a time machine that’s low on batteries and attempts to save girl from impending annihilation. ...You know how this goes.

Tak O’Leary is a Japanese-American television host who vanished off the grid after a failed suicide attempt. Samira Moheb is an Iranian-American military translator suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of her time in the Iraq War. They have been in love from the moment they met, and because they never told each other, they are destined to be apart forever. But thanks to a mysterious invention buried deep in the Australian Outback, they now have one more chance to get it right.

From the first page to the very last I was hooked. There are few novels that can grab me like this and even fewer are science fiction. I went into this novel expecting something with a slow start a lot of details and characters that were mid-grade. However from the first page I was plunged into an intricate world of time machines and second chances. At the heart of this tale is a love story that is delicately weaved in to show past and present the lives of two friends who after going through a world of hell have found the chance to be together again, they just have to overcome the world that is starting to collapse all around them. The character development was impeccable, just giving enough details to catch your interest, and then building on more as the story goes along. The pace of this story is fast and leaves you wanting more, I devoured this novel in two days. Mr. Averill has written a fantastic tale filled with science fiction, horror, mystery and love. I will definitely be recommending this book to everyone, whether you like sci-fi or not, this is an excellent read that is hard to put down!


Book Blurb for The Beautiful Land

An exciting debut novel, in the tradition of The Passage. The Beautiful Land is part science fiction, part horror--and, at its core, a love story, between a brilliant young computer genius and the fragile women he has loved since high school. Now, he must bend time and space to save her life, as the world around them descends into apocalyptic madness.


Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2013 4.50