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A Vengeful Earth: A Review of R.L. Baxter’s “Mother Gaia”

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Title: Mother Gaia

Author: By R.L. Baxter

Genre: Dystopian Fiction

 

Book Description

4.54 billion years the earth has existed – forming life that has continued to grow and adapt. Of all the species that have evolved, mankind has exceeded the most, from the discovery of fire, to the Internet and advanced machinery. Unfortunately, the hearts of men have changed for the worse, due to greed, corruption and manipulative warfare. As such, the wrath of the earth has been stirred, and its creator Mother Gaia takes it upon herself to end the human race. Bearing the appearance of a beautiful young woman, Mother Gaia will experience the darkest hearts of mankind, with no light in sight. Political – full of scientific and religious contradictions that will leave you questioning your own morality, Mother Gaia is a reminder that nature is a force not to be reckoned with.

 

Author Bio

Author profRicky Baxter is the author of Gideon and the Crimson SamuraiMother GaiaA Sinless Horizon and The Worst Death. He is an avid blogger and speaker, giving advice and thoughts to fellow creators from all walks of life. His other works include Colours of Destiny, a Youtube visual novel.

Currently Ricky lives in London, England, where he writes and blogs. Starting out as a composer since graduating with a Ba(Hons) in music and multimedia, Ricky worked for many independent short film directors, gaining notable IMDB credits . Since then, he has embraced his earlier passion of writing fictional stories.
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Website: https://rickybaxter.wordpress.com/

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Excerpt:

A single red flower sprouted from the ground, and within seconds the flower grew – as wide as the trunk of the largest trees that exist. Within its centre I am born, bearing the image of an adult human woman.

The flower blooms, and using these eyes of mine I slowly observe my surroundings, the way a human would. I am within a small forest, kept company by my children that have lived for many hundreds of years. Their branches are long and strong, and their leaves magnificent – housing an abundance of life within and around their steadfast bodies.

However, their voices tell me how afraid they have become. It’s hard to hear them all at once, but it’s obvious to me what their cries are about.

“Mother, please save us, save us all. They come with their steel devices to mow us down!”

My children tremble, and they look to me as their saviour against their worst fears. They couldn’t be more correct, for I am their saviour, and I have come at their darkest hour – to save everything.

My arrival has been long overdue, because I have waited patiently for nearly every last one of my children to turn to me. From the fowls of the air and beasts of the ground, to the very wind, water and earth. All of my beautiful offspring have prayed for so long for me to protect them, protect them against my worst creations – the humans.

Part of a larger family of species that once were, mankind have evolved to become my own enemy. Although they too are my children, humanity has proven itself to be a parasite, and I have no choice but to cleanse my body of their existence.

My Review:

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

“Mother Gaia” by R. L. Baxter was a different type of dystopian story which bordered between Christian fiction and science fiction. Quite suitable since Baxter chose to weave in science fact with religious doctrine.

I must say I liked how Baxter used imagery. His descriptions were quite evocative. I even enjoyed the concept of an evil physical entity zapping the world’s resources. At no point, however, was it apparent at how far in the future this story was set. It could have easily be a present day setting.

The premise, however, became dismal. Gaia, the protagonist, rose up out of the earth to exact revenge on mankind. Although her actions would have catastrophic results, she had a personal mission which would not be altered until she met one young lady. Eventually, Gaia embraced her role as mother and spared mankind.

There’s a great nugget to explore if this ever gets expanded.

Rating: 5-hands-up5-hands-up5-hands-up (5 Hands=Excellent, 4 Hands=Pretty Good, 3 Hands=Good)

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