Triptych Paperback – Mar 21 2011
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When a previously unknown race of aliens arrives on Earth - the few remaining survivors from a distant destroyed planet - humanity has to learn to adapt and adjust to the inclusion of a foreign species. As humans and aliens interact and learn the ways of each others' civilizations, both slowly begin to change unexpectedly. Each must come to terms with their own collective culture shock and confront their own assumptions and embedded social beliefs.
Specialist Gwen Pierson and Specialist Doctor Basil Grey are members of the Institute, formed by the United Nations when the alien refugees initially appear, nearly dead and desperately seeking a new home. Recognizing the complexities of how humans would react to the inclusion of aliens into the global community, the Institute is created to help the two cultures learn from one another, and more specifically, to assist the aliens in adapting to human customs and traditions. Kalp, an alien engineer, is assigned to work with Gwen and Basil and over time, an intimate loving relationship develops between them in new and unexpected ways. Frey keeps the reader constantly and consistently on edge as the story unfolds, moving back and forth in time/space, across countries, and between three differing character perspectives. Nothing is by chance, nothing is trivial, and even the most innocent seeming of background events has significance and meaning.Read more ›
J.M. Frey challenges the science-fiction genera and bridges the line into literature by presenting a refreshing and intelligent look at the typically over done 'aliens come to earth' plot. The wit, social commentary, and pop culture references keep the reader present in this very real look at our not so distant future. Nothing in this novel is without reason. There are no cheap shots or tricks, if it is written it is important and it will have you guessing right up to the end.
Triptych is a complete story that should be added to the list of Canadian classics and your bookshelf.
Seriously... a fine read. Compelling, thought provoking, grin inducing and yet able to reduce me to sniffles too - but I'm a sucker for a good story, and Triptych provides.
Most recent customer reviews
i guess i'm really late to review this but it was a fun read. time travel, three different perspectives, fun world for the characters, again you likely won't get bored with the... Read morePublished on April 10 2013 by Michael Alger
Once I started, I simply couldn't put it down. I whipped through it and then was very sorry when it was over. Here's hoping for another from J.M. Frey very soon.Published on April 20 2011 by SSK