Tharcia Harrison's all-consuming need to find her dead mother and resolve the final questions in her mind plunges her into a determined and relentless search that takes her through new experiences which can change not only her own known history, but the history of the present and future world at large.
Tharcia's relentless search takes her through an unexpected gamut of extrasensory experiences. She isn't at all prepared for what she discovers in her search, yet she doggedly continues on, still determined to reach her goal even while her search creates changes in the existing world around her, not necessarily good ones.
Author Lee Baldwin has created an unusual and electrifying novel in Next History: The Girl Who Hacked Tomorrow. He tells the story of a sheltered young woman, Tharcia, who has become enraged at her lack of access to ask questions only her dead mother can answer. Tharcia resolves she will find her mother and seek her answers.
Tharcia's search for her mother, Hannah Harrison, begins one night with her dreaming of diving deep in the sea with whales and telling herself she must remember everything. When she awakens, she wonders about the curious whalesong she'd heard in her dream. Her newly awakened senses lead her to explore other paths she hasn't traveled before - demons, afterlife, her sexuality. She lives with her guardian Cicero Clay, who may be her father or one of two fathers, another mystery to resolve.
Unknown to her, Tharcia's otherworld search explorations unbalance not just her home, but the world as we know it. With everything and everyone off-kilter, can balance somehow be achieved in the human world again? It falls to Next History, and its staff and scientist connections, especially Data Analyst Christopher Strand, who doesn't share the general scientific belief the anomalies he is seeing are system noise, to try and re-balance the world.
Baldwin has written a special story here, one that touches my senses so much I read it twice. I found Tharcia's unwavering, determined search for the answers a young woman needs inspiring, and when her needed answers are not readily forthcoming, the brave and often dangerous continuation of her search through every newly discovered channel courageous.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
*Reviewed by guest reviewer, Delores Goodrick Beggs.
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