Title: The Calypsis Project
Author: Brittany M. Willows
Purchase: The Calypsis Project on Amazon
The Calypsis Project is a science fiction novel and, let me tell you, it was one hell of a ride.
"The year is 2438. Ten years ago, an ill-fated encounter on a human mining colony triggered a devastating war between the United Nations Planetary Defense and an alien organization known as the Drocain Royal Empire.
After a decade of fighting with no sign of a conclusion in sight, the men and women of the UNPD find themselves faced with the reality that mankind's very existence could be at stake.
When Corporal Alana Carmen stumbles upon an encrypted communications device, she learns there is more to the conflict than a simple war-for-worlds. But to uncover the truth, she must make allies of those she once considered enemies.
And now, the fate of the entire galaxy may rest on the shoulders of a single alien warrior . . .
Following a public shaming at his own Coming of Age ceremony, Kenon Valinquint enrolls in the Drocain Royal Empire with the hope of one day redeeming himself. Unbeknownst to the young Drahkori, this decision has set in motion a staggering chain of events that could very well change the direction of the war, and the known history of the universe, forever."
Brittany M. Willows is a brilliant writer and a lovely person. When asking me for a review, she was so gitty about her work and I could feel her enthusiasm as though it were my own. This enthusiasm added to the essence of the novel.
I rarely find books that produce worlds as well developed as "The Calypsis Project" does. I, myself, worked for years on developing the fictional world in my first book and I still don't think it is as well developed as Willow's work is. From page one I was captivated, and that one page kept me reading on and on. She is clearly passionate about her work, and it shows. The acknowledgements page was particularly lovely:
"This book is dedicated to my wonderful friends and family whose undying support helped me to craft this story into what it is today. Without them, this project likely never would have seen the light of day. Special thanks to my lovely Beta Readers and especially to my mom, who played a massive role in editing this book and did an absolutely fantastic job of it. You are amazing. Thank you! <3"
First off, the writing was flawless. It was perfectly edited and a joy to read. Aside from that, the descriptions were excellent. Since this novel is a science fiction novel, it was imperative that there be strong descriptors to help guide the reader through the book story. While reading this novel I felt like I was inside of the book myself. The descriptions were not amateur by any means. Some authors can let their stories run away from them if their plot and setting is too complex, but Willows had both of these components reigned in and under control. She clearly understood the world of her book down to the smallest detail and I am willing to bet that she could even tell you what her characters like to eat for breakfast.
Being a science fiction novel that involves violence and tension, description of both of these things was necessary to amplify the story. However, I have found that some authors put too many descriptions in violent passages which can turn off the reader. Willows could have easily done this, but she did not. Instead, her violent passages were poetic.
This was a shock to me, because I haven't experienced violent scenes as being poetic before. When reading the violent passages I felt as though I were staring at a Cobra: lethal, but too intriguing to look away. One of the best examples of her violent passages was:
"Kenon raised his weapon, aimed at the soldier, and squeezed the trigger. Shards of hardened crystal flew forth, shining like golden icicles. They splintered the human's chest plate, piercing his flesh and spraying crimson blood across the grass."
Passages like this in "The Calypsis Project" made me feel as though I were reading one of the many novels of a well seasoned, best-selling author; likewise, a book that could easily become a once in a lifetime blockbuster.
All in all, I loved this book. This is not something that I can say often as I am usually quite picky about science fiction, but I adored this book and I will be reading the sequels when that come out. That being said, I am off to Amazon to pick up the physical copy. It now has a well deserved spot in my personal library.
Published by Ashley Nestler