Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: Proximity By M.A. George

Proximity (Proximity, #1)

Proximity (Proximity #1)
Author: M.A. George
YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi
2 1/2 out of 5 Stars


Dr. Palta Capal would be a typical American career woman…if only she were human. She has found her calling in this world as a physician. It’s an ideal outlet for her compassionate spirit...and unearthly healing powers. Palta may spend her nights rereading Jane Austen novels, but she deliberately avoids pursuing her own love story. Human men — attractive as they may be — inevitably grow old and wither, leaving her to grieve in solitude. Frankly, no one has seemed worth the torment. Enter Eric Moran, the intensely attractive and enigmatic new coworker on the scene. With his quiet confidence and warm smile, he manages to draw Palta’s attention. Little does she know that he, too, holds a secret…one that will propel them both into an escalating collision of two worlds.

 Review By Lauren:

Palta Capal and her family have been living as United States citizens the span of Palta’s life after her father, mother, and sister left their home planet of Ononti.  Palta and her sister have kept their heritage a secret with the help of their father’s ability to influence others.  They both work in fields that they can put their own abilities to good use.  Being a healer, Palta has found her niche in the medical field.  She enjoys her work and lives a non-eventful life up until the day she finds her handsome coworker, Eric Moran, dying on the floor of their lab.  Palta has no choice but risk exposing her family for what they really are in order to save him. 
Proximity has a plethora of good qualities.  It is a science fiction book that I would recommend for young readers because there is a lack of sex and profanity.  The Capal family is living the American Dream.  They are home owners, hardworking, and have good morals and ethics, things that I believe children should be exposed to in literature.  The storyline is easy to follow and is not very complex; anyone could understand the premise and plot. 
With that being said I would not recommend this book to an adult audience.  I think most woman would find the progression of the romance between Palta and Eric hard to believe.  This seemingly highly intelligent woman, a doctor even, gets into this whirlwind relationship and swept into his families mess all within a matter of days after saving his life, jeopardizing her family’s well-being and exposing them all to a menace back on Ononti.  What?  After all the claims Palta makes of how important her family and their secrecy is over their hundreds of years on Earth, she throws it all away in a week?!  I cannot see the logic in that, even within the sci-fi, non-fictional realm.  If I had any say in the editorial process that had to have taken place prior to Proximity being released, I would have highly recommended the author give at least one ounce of definitive proof that Morans are who they claim to be.  I would have also asked her to insist that Eric ask Palta out on a date, buy the woman a drink even, before he asked for her and her family to help him save the Earth from the complete annihilation of the human race at the hands of a deranged dictator from Ononti.   

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