By Toni Anzetti
A Del Rey Book, 329 pp, 1999
I don't read much science fiction or
fantasy, but occasionally a book or series will catch my attention.
Like this one.
A remnant of humans attempt to colonize
the ocean planet of Typhon. They found an island, and life was good, but
it erupted in a volcanic, fiery hell, forcing them to flee. They lost most
of their supplies and several colonists, but the survivors have settled on
a new island.
That's the background. The book opens
with the survivors trying to figure out a way to stay alive and continue
the human race. Nearly all children born on Typhon suffer from
degenerative, harmful mutations. Most don't live to their first
Per, a scientist studying the ocean
life, is convinced the answer to these mutations lies somewhere in
Typhon's vast seas, but no one believes him except a teenage girl named
Dilani, a rebellious deaf mute. A monster storm forces them out to sea in
a lifeskip (an enclosed boat) along with another deformed teenager, and
the three of them are thrust into a dangerous journey to resolve
humanity's crisis. Along the way, they are aided and befriended by a
twelve-limbed octopus and shark-like creatures called ketos, and even meet
the god of Typhon.
It's an interesting book. It appears to
be Anzetti's first novel, which is quite impressive since it's smooth and
polished. I didn't see any other of her books in the library, and I hope
she's written more.