Saturday, October 29, 2016

"Twin Helix" by P. K. Tyler

Twin Helix
(Jakkattu Shorts Book 2)
by P. K. Tyler

P. K. Tyler has just released her new short story Twin Helix, a companion to the Jakkattu series of sci-fi thrillers. It's yours for just $0.99! You can read my review below. Also available: Avendui 5ive (read my blog post). Keep an eye out for more shorts in this series as well as the first full-length novel, The Jakkattu Vector, coming November.

More books and stories by this author: White Chalk (read my blog post), Dead Girl (read my blog post), Heaven's Vault (read my blog post), Alt. History 101 (read my blog post), UnCommon Bodies (read my blog post), Mosaics Volume 2 (read my blog post), CLONES: The Anthology (read my blog post), UnCommon Origins (read my blog post), and Book of Lilith (read my blog post).

50 years ago the Mezna arrived with a promise to save humanity from itself.Now Earth has divided into three factions: those who welcome the Mezna live in Mezna built terraformed cities and raise children with alien DNA included with their human genome, those who rebuke all alien interference and live in Human Only sectors, and those who fall between the two, fighting for survival on a planet no longer suited for their way of life.
Jeremy and Lillian are twins, Mezna/Human hybrids born on the wrong side of the sector border. They have passed for human and hidden their identities their entire lives, but when Lillian develops a mysterious ailment, how can Jeremy get her help without exposing who they really are?

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Praise for the Book
"I really enjoyed Avendui 5ive, the first short story in the Jakkattu universe. Twin Helix is just as fun, interesting, and heartfelt. [...] I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi with well developed characters and a fascinating world that the characters traverse." ~ K.M.M.88
"I just love this series. This is another short story about the world of Mezna, hybrids, and cruelty which seems to be the norm in this alternative universe which Tyler has created. I enjoyed it and can't wait to read more. I hope there is a lot more to come. You know what I love the most about Tyler's short stories ... they say so much in so few pages, it's truly amazing. ;)" ~ Fizza Younis
"I’m loving this little companion series to The Jakkatu Vector (coming Nov 28!) a science-fiction/post-apocalyptic world created by P.K. Tyler. With that description, you think you know what you are in for ... but trust and believe – you do not know. And that’s a really good thing!" ~ Gaele
"As usual, PK Tyler gives the reader a strong, sad, but entertaining, story in a SciFi world that is so full of potential, but also makes the reader think about their own world and the disparities within, whether ancient or modern. I really can't wait to see how this series progresses." ~ Kay Smillie
"I generally prefer more upbeat stories, but I remain fascinated with this setting and want to know more about this world, so I'm looking forward to reading more of the Jakkattu Saga. If you enjoy scifi in dark settings and don't mind the lack of a happy ending, give this a try!" ~ LaffingKat

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
Jeremy and Lillian are twin Mezna-human hybrids living as humans in the Humans Only section of Anchorage, Alaska. But while Lillian can easily pass as human, Jeremy is starting to exhibit Mezna traits. And if he's caught, so is she. The penalty - death. So when Lillian falls sick they must find a way out of Anchorage to a place that will accept them for who they are.
The author continues to build her world, one which is divided into three factions: those who welcome the Mezna, those who despise the aliens and live in human-only sectors, and those who fall somewhere in between. In Avendui 5ive, we were introduced to the Mezna society. Here, we are introduced to a human-only sector, an area more like the world we know. Even though Jeremy and Lillian are hybrids, they are still wholly human in behavior, and have managed to pass unnoticed among humans. However, they live in constant fear of being discovered. The circumstances of their story provide a great parallel to discrimination in all forms already familiar to us.
Once again, the author manages to pack so much into such a short space. Your heart will bleed for these two and their unenviable dilemma. I can't wait to read more in this enthralling series.

About the Author
P. K. Tyler is the author of Speculative Fiction and other Genre Bending novels. She's also published works as Pavarti K. Tyler and had projects appear on the USA Today Bestseller's List.
Pav attended Smith College and graduated with a degree in Theatre. She lived in New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off-Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry for several international law firms.
Now located in Baltimore, Maryland, she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not penning science fiction books and other speculative fiction novels, she twists her mind by writing horror and erotica.