Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00006]Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. – Albert Einstein

The world is not always as it seems . . . especially when worlds collide. And as Mara Lantern is about to learn, reality has a tendency of changing your outlook on, as Douglas Adams would say, “Life, the Universe and Everything.” For when a boy with a bright blue light in his hands runs past her on Flight 559 to San Francisco, Mara’s world intersects with a myriad of other Earths, with devastating consequences.

When Flight 559 falls into the Willamette River, amazingly all the passengers survive, though the plane is broken to pieces and upside down in the river. But it is soon clear that things are not as they seem. And what happens next could change not only reality as we know it on this world, but on every world, every reality, that is, was or every will be.

D.W. Moneypenny has written a wonderful book interspersing cutting edge scientific thought with well-developed metaphysical thought. When Mara meets Mr. Ping, her formerly hateful neighbor who was also on the flight, the change in his attitude is at first confusing, and then terrifying. For Mr. Ping isn’t really Mr. Ping – nor are any of the other passengers on the flight. Well, except for Mara herself. For when Mara attempted to rescue the boy being chased through the plane, she sends her own doppleganger to her death, falling from the plane as it falls from the sky. Science and miracles abound in a story of truly Broken Realms.

This is a first in what will apparently be a series, and I have put it on my “when I get to it” list to continue the story at a later time.

I received this book in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.