Lifeliners is a thoughtful and intriguing work of science fiction by author Stefan Vučak, and was a pleasure to review. In a train of thought based on the natural evolution of humanity, we are introduced to a new species known as the lifeliners, or homo renata. As a response to the pressures of modern life, people are evolving into lifeliners who can take the energy off others, thereby living longer and succeeding better with their improved intellects. Nash Bannon, a young man, realizes that he cannot hide his lifeliner status if he wants to live a free life away from the persecution by normal people.
Stefan Vučak presents a fascinating look at racism, discrimination and fear of ‘normals’ in a fresh way, which could not have arrived on the market at a better time than now. Nash Bannon is an Everyman type of character, likeable for his flaws and easy to cheer for when he learns that he must take action against atrocities faced by his fellow lifeliners. Part science fiction, part political drama, and part cultural observation, Vučak has conceptualized some truly human attitudes and ideas, and created a fascinating narrative that pops like a pressure valve as it unfurls. The prose and dialogue are both accomplished and simple to follow, allowing for the more complex nuances of the overall plot and ideology to take center stage in the tale. Overall, Lifeliners is an apt and excellent work, which I would highly recommend to readers of all types.
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