2012; 285 pages. New Author? : Yes. . Genre : Dystopian Fantasy; YA. Overall Rating : 7½*/10.
wrong with Khe? While all of her sisters
are getting hot and bothered (literally) on Resonance Day, nary an ounce of
excitement stirs within her. And unless
you’re hormonally a-twitter, you can’t participate in the ensuing mating rites. That’s bad because it means less
hatchlings for the commune.
there’s hope for Khe. After running some
tests, the Research Institute thinks they can cure her. Make her normal. Ah, but it’s not 100% guaranteed. And there might be some unexpected side-effects.
What’s To Like...
Razevich creates a world with creatures that are both original and
fascinating. They are bipedal and
humanoid, but hatch from eggs. The
society is communal, and the males live separate from the females, with
commingling only occurring at mating time.
No one’s emotions are secret – all beings have “emotion spots” on their
necks; and you can tell if someone’s scared, ashamed, etc. by the color of
can find elements of Logan’s Run, Hunger Games, and Animal
Farm here, but really, Khe runs its
own course. Overall, the plot is
standard dystopian fare – insight, flight, then fight. But that’s true of any novel in this genre.
There is some violence, but it’s mostly
offstage. You have one mating scene, but
if you find it erotic, you need help.
The baddies aren’t particularly impressive; they are either incredibly
arrogant or incredibly naïve. The ending
is satisfactory. It leaves the door open the possibility of a sequel, yet this
is a standalone novel. There are four
kewl drawings interspersed throughout the book, which give you an idea of how
the author visualizes Khe and her world.
If Khe has any weaknesses, they lie
in the technical aspects and loose ends.
To detail this would entail spoilers, which are taboo here. But the fates of several characters remain unresolved,
and inquiring minds (including mine and Khe’s) would certainly
like to know the “why” of a number of phenomena here, such as the Logan's Run motif.
sung the same song at Lunge. The
doumanas in every commune probably sang it.
Tav had said that even the males sang the same songs, spoke the same
language, and worshipped the same creator we did. Thedra said that was because our species didn’t
have enough imagination to make up anything different. When I was young, I sometimes feared the
creator would strike Thedra down for blasphemous things she said, and sometimes
I wished it would, but nothing ever happened.
And what did that mean? (loc.
“I don’t understand the idea of
communicating with walls and structures at all.”
Azlii frowns. “You must stop thinking that just because
something is made of wood or bricks or stones and mortar that it’s not
aware. Corentans learn to speak with all
sentients almost as soon as we’re assigned to a community. My dwelling and I worked together to get it
built, so that we were both pleased with the outcome.” (loc. 1599)
Khe sells for $3.99 at Amazon. ANAICT,
this is Alexes Razevixch’s only novel thus far.
“Fear is good. It will help
keep you from doing something noble and stupid.” (loc. 1688)
The target audience here is young-teen
and tween-age girls. Khe is female, and
males are almost completely absent in the book.
The storyline is engaging, but somewhat straightforward. If this was a mystery, we’d call it a cozy.
Khe may be a bit simplistic for adult
readers, and guys of any age looking for blood, gore, and sex will be
disappointed. Ditto for aficionados of
Crichton-esque sci-fi; there is very little “science” here – fictional or
But if you keep in mind for whom this is written, you will find Khe to be a pleasant read. As an adult male, I wasn’t blown away, yet
the book did
keep me entertained. That says
something. 7½ Stars. Add two more stars if you’re a teenage girl who loves
to read Dystopian novels.