BOOK REVIEW: A Vision of Fire: Book One of The Earthend Saga

When children around the world start having horrible visions, Caitlin O’Hara thinks she will be able to solve the problem quickly. Not only is she wrong, but it will also test all that she believes in.

AUTHORS: Gillian Anderson & Jeff Rovin
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster UK
H/BACK: 304 Pages

The first in a series, A Vision of Fire is the thrilling science fiction debut of actress Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as Scully on The X-Files with David Duchovny and for The Fall.
Renowned child psychologist Caitlin O’Hara is a single mum trying to juggle her job, her son, and a lacklustre love life. Her world is suddenly upturned when Maanik, the daughter of India’s ambassador to the United Nations, starts having violent visions. Maanik’s parents are sure that her fits have something to do with the recent assassination attempt on her father – a shooting that has escalated nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan to dangerous levels – but when children start having similar outbursts around the world, Caitlin begins to think that there’s a stranger force at work.
With Asia on the cusp of nuclear war, Caitlin must race across the globe and uncover the supernatural links between these seemingly unrelated cases in order to save her patient – and perhaps the world.

Renowned child psychologist Caitlin O’Hara is asked to deal with Maanik the daughter to India’s ambassador to the UN. With Maanik having fits and violent visions Caitlin first thinks that it is a simple case of PTSD, due to witnessing a failed assassination attempt on her father. However when other teenagers around the world start having similar incidents, it seems that things might not be as simple as first thought. As Caitlin investigates further it seems she may have to re-think all her beliefs in order to get to the bottom of Maaniks problem before it becomes too late.

The premise of this book initially intrigued me, as did the fact that it was co-authored by The X-Files own Gillian Anderson. The plot starts off well and moves quickly at first but I found that it started to stagnate about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way through.

My initial thoughts about what could be the cause were blown out of the water by what eventually was determined to be the actual cause. This is when the book started to become a little hard to read. The theory just seemed a little bit out there for me, and the fact that Caitlin who is a very experienced child therapist believed in the theory so quickly just didn’t sit right with me. Apart from Caitlin the characters didn’t seem that well formed for me, especially Ben and some of the other kids affected.

This is also supposed to be part of a saga, but I’m not really sure where the authors will go from here. All in all an ok first novel, but I hope the next one picks up the pace a bit.

Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: darkphoenix1701

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