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Reader (Daughter of Time Book 1) by [Stebbins, Erec]
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From the future, a final plea. Out of the past, a last hope.
A young girl, born to die in freakish disregard. A doomed world, enslaved to forces unseen. A final hope beyond imagining. Become a Reader, because in the end, the most unbelievable step in the adventure—will be your own.

"Unique and altogether profound, reminiscent of Bradbury, haunting, thought-provoking and surprisingly philosophical" -San Francisco Book Reviews

"A gripping science-fiction epic that will propel readers toward wonder" -ForeWord Reviews

"An original take on various sci-fi motifs that meditates on themes of love and humanity. Stebbins does an exceptional job. A richly detailed, compelling story about the power of love." -Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Author Erec Stebbins is a biomedical researcher in New York who writes political and international thrillers, science fiction, narrated storybooks, and more. More information on his works can be found at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7475 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Twice Pi Press (Jan. 11 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CL0UQ5G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #341,324 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I received this book free to read and review.
This is one of those books I just could not put down it is sub titled "Daughter of Time Book 1" however it works very well as a stand-alone but with a hint of more to come.
It vividly captures the life of "Ambra Dawn" the reader of the title she certainly does not have an easy life as she grows up. Yes it is science fiction but it does have a realistic feel to it and you can't help but feel sorry for Ambra in her early years. The aliens cruel and kind again are brilliantly described. When the book ends you are left wondering did Ambra succeed in getting her message across. I am not sure if it ends with a message of hope or despair. Often fiction writers have sub plots and asides to build up the background to their characters, this one does not every word is needed and all go to telling the story.
I often complain about series but this is one that I will look forward to reading the next to see if Ambra succeeds and what she does next.
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At the outset, let me say that it took me a while to get into this story. That being said, it is not a genre I have often delved into. For me, the first part of the book seemed a bit slow, the main character describing those incidents that led up to where she was at the time – but as it turns out was absolutely necessary in order to understand the rest. At some point the narrative and dialogue took me over and I was hooked; totally engrossed in the yarn that Ambra wove.

She became the story-teller of a tale that must be heard.

Stebbins provides detailed descriptions of the locations and scenes, giving a clear picture of what it is the characters are experiencing.

One statement in the story has Ambra saying, “I don’t have the words to…” Yet, through Eric Stebbins’ descriptions, metaphors and dialogue, she manages to convey what it is she wishes. One can feel the horror, monotony and hopelessness of her plight.

Ambra says “…so much vision, so little experience, and nearly no time.” It struck me that this is an apt description of the human dilemma we all face. Stebbins makes comparisons between the despised aliens in this story and actions and behaviours of humans over millennia. i.e. slaughter of our own species over differing beliefs.

This story is told in the first-person – difficult enough on its own – and has some fascination twists and turns…including a revelation at the end that is not to be missed.

I highly recommend this book.
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This is the first Stebbins I have read; it is unlikely to be the last. The story is very much visionary, speculative and philosophical science fiction. The writing is all in first person narrative form being an episodic interior monologue. In other words, the mental voice, the mind, of Ambra Dawn talks directly to us through the book.
I really enjoy this sort of inventive philosophical science fiction. Condemn me, not Stebbins, if I paint too enthusiastically. The stories structure is pure dystopia, but dark though the story is it leaves a strong glimmer of hope for humanity and the victory of good over evil. To be victorious we will come to realize that we need Ambra Dawn to be heroic. We must also learn to trust and follow where ever she guides us.
Every being in the known galaxy appears to blindly accept a false premise, this being that there are many Orbs, portals, between places in Space and Time. All civilizations in this creation are as seduced by what they observe of the portals as we all once where by the assumption that the Earth must have edges. Ambra comes to see beyond what other beings can fathom. Ambra knows far less about the galaxy than do the cleverest of other races; and yet, she is the first ever to navigate a safe passage through to other remote areas of space. As Ambra starts to gain in learning and intuition she seems to sense that the Orb might be more than a construct of physics, and so raising the prospect that it might be a monolithic physical god like energy. What is more, could she possibly be a sort of messiah for that power?
There is a deep sense of profound tragedy, a feeling that the destruction of the Earth may well be inevitable, unless the history of the past can be changed, and the future controlled.
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"Reader: Daughter of Time Book 1" propels the reader into a cosmic universe where the Dram, a tough, harsh and unforgiving race hold other galactic civilizations in their power. On Earth where mankind is considered a primitive culture and little more than slaves to their alien rulers, a young girl has been born whose deformity is a gift the masters of space want to control or destroy. Surgically modified since childhood, deformed and blind seventeen year old Ambra Dawn thinks of herself as little more than a monster, but when her powers awaken she will not only open pathways through the Orbs, but she will incite a rebellion that may mean sacrificing her home world to save multiple other galactic civilizations.

Written as a first person narrative the plot's unique, imaginative and fast-paced as Ambra Dawn, rising above the torture, fear, torment and abuse that's plagued her young life sets out on a quest to discover and release her power as a Reader. In this engrossing science fiction thriller Erec Stebbins reflects on many moral issues as he juxtaposes the darkness of inhumanity and genocide against the light of love and the power of prayer. My only criticism is that, for me personally, trying to follow the detailed scientific explanations detracted a little from my enjoyment of the plot.

The core characters are complex with all their strengths and weaknesses, adding power and dimension to a riveting story. Quickly the reader becomes connected to Ambra Dawn, her personality traits moulding her into a compelling young woman of strength, determination, cynicism and courage. Thel, her healer and first Xixian teacher is calm, self-sacrificing and highly intelligent like loyal Waythrel, the Advocate of the Tribunal and master of Dram language and law.
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