One Great Year by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio is the type of novel that appeals to me. It combines history, religion and philosophy into a grand story about the human race and the elements that connect us all as one species. Reminiscent of the Reincarnationist series by M.J. Rose, One Great Year provides a warmer, less suspenseful approach to reincarnation.
I enjoyed Marcus and Theron’s love story. Because the plot revolves around reincarnation, it was fascinating to discover, along with Marcus, where Theron would appear next and what type of love they would experience together before they were sent back to the Grid. When Marcus and Theron were together their connection flowed off the pages and felt real and alive.
The most disappointing aspect of the story was the ending. It felt rushed and the bad guy reveal felt disconnected from the rest of the plot. That character had been absent from the plot for the majority of the story and there was no evidence of his influence in the previous life stories that were told. Also the authors struggled with the scientific concepts of biological warfare that made it difficult to suspend my disbelief. It lead me to Google to do a bit of research to jog my memory regarding my 7th grade biology class.
Despite the rough ending and resolution, I am giving One Great Year a thumbs up. My connection to Theron and Marcus and the beautiful varied types of love they experienced felt real and alive. The novel is a wonderful reminder of the strength of love and how it often comes shining through during the darkest of times.
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