This stirring Solarpunk/Hopepunk conclusion to The Living World trilogy immerses the reader in a world in which climate and geological apocalypse looms, while humanity is preoccupied with entrenched ideas and behavior that exacerbate the crisis. Coaxed by the self-serving rogue Bandela, Synons in the Realm and on Earth have strayed from their mission to strengthen humanity’s diminishing link to Nature—a link that sustains the Realm. That energy-mind-spirit based universe is on the verge of vanishing. In North Carolina’s mountains, as Jeff Hawke trains young telepathic Uniques, his abilities propel him beyond the others in ways that change his life. Jeff is thrust into personal challenges and called upon to lead efforts against existential peril to Earth and beyond. Extraordinary experiences occur, impelling Synons and Uniques to raise the possibility that they were initiated by The Living World, while ordinary people share unconfirmed rumors about recent unexplained events. Amid rising conflict, the movement to save Earth struggles to gain momentum. Can the future of Earth and the life she sustains be secured before it’s too late?
Patricia Vestal is the author of Passageways: The Living World Book One and Precarious: The Living World Book Two. After working in publishing and higher education in New York, and Florida, Patricia Vestal has returned to her native North Carolina’s mountains that appear in her novels. Patricia’s other publications include short fiction, reviews, and essays. Her plays have had readings and stage and television productions. She’s a member of the North Carolina Writers Network, the Dramatists Guild, and the Alliance of Independent Authors. She earned her Communications BA from State University of New York and an MA in Drama from New York University.