Title: They Walk Among Us
Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Characters: Zach and Raven
POV: First (alternating POV)
Sub-Genre: Futuristic and Sci-Fi
Zach agrees to help Raven and finds himself drawn into a world he never knew existed.
Zach Harleigh was a baby when the aliens arrived. He doesn’t remember much about those months, except his parents fighting and his dad leaving. His father died, destroying the aliens, and his mother died when Zach graduated from medical school. He’s alone in the world and working hard to get his career going leaves no time for any kind of relationship.
One night, a beautiful man is brought into the ER. Raven Sanderson has been severely beaten and seems unsocialized. Raven and Zach hit it off when Zach takes over his care. Raven can’t speak but writes notes to Zach, letting him know the man is in the city to find his sister.
Zach agrees to help Raven and discovers a world he never knew existed. A world full of alien creatures that read minds and heal with a simple touch. He realizes there is more to the world around him, and the aliens he thought were destroyed weren’t. Their offspring walk among us.
Aliens-on-earth is one of my favourite sci-fi sub-genres, and something I haven’t read for a long time. I am really pleased to have the chance to review T.A. Chase’s story. They Walk Among Us hit most of my buttons for aliens-on-earth stories. The plot was fast-paced and well-developed. I liked the ‘how’ of the aliens arriving and how they were treated by the humans. No real surprises there. I also really liked that there were no ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’ among the humans. They Walk Among Us managed to surprise me several times. I particularly appreciated the fact that the alien race wasn’t a ‘human with blue skin’. Again, that information took time to emerge, as did Raven’s true nature.
The two main characters, Zach and Raven, were sympathetic and rounded characters. I particularly like the way their back stories emerged and interlocked over the course of the book, rather than info-dumping at the start. I felt as the story progressed that Raven dominated the story, but it was understandable. The secondary characters were equally well written, whether they were human or alien.
I had a couple of reservations. I would have preferred a more in-depth ending. I felt the very end was a bit rushed and lacking in the nuance of the rest of the book. I did feel the relationship between the two men was rushed too, but I qualify that by saying it was the nature of the story and I can accept it was necessary.
However, reservations aside, this was a well-written and interesting sci-fi story, and well worth the read.
Reviewed By: Pippa Wood
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