Right of Cap­ture

At its heart, Right of Cap­ture ex­plores the var­i­ous ways that hu­man weak­nesses can be ex­ploited.

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Isadora Deese Pelekine­sis Soft­cover $22.95 (460pp) 978-1-938349-47-8

Ge­netic evo­lu­tion, cor­po­rate in­ter­ests, and pol­i­tics col­lide in Isadora Deese’s Right of Cap­ture. Fo­cus­ing on two re­mark­able sib­lings, this page-turn­ing sci­ence-fic­tion thriller high­lights is­sues im­pact­ing to­day’s so­ci­ety, such as cap­i­tal­ist con­trol of sci­en­tific break­throughs and the price of ad­vance­ment.

Brother-and-sis­ter duo Roan and Judge Gorey were born with mys­te­ri­ous abil­i­ties; Roan can sum­mon lethal mon­sters that take the shape of any­thing with DNA that they touch, and Judge can cre­ate por­tals into an­other di­men­sion. A pow­er­ful cor­po­ra­tion prom­ises their par­ents that it can re­move these dan­ger­ous pow­ers, but their true in­ten­tions veer into the sin­is­ter. Roan even­tu­ally es­capes cap­tiv­ity to re­unite with her fam­ily, but her ac­tions ini­ti­ate a cat­a­strophic string of events that threaten the world.

A break­neck pace makes Right of Cap­ture a com­pelling read. The sib­lings, their al­lies, and even their en­e­mies hardly get a mo­ment’s respite on the jour­ney to a thrilling, if dev­as­tat­ing, con­clu­sion. The ac­tion-packed nar­ra­tive com­pen­sates for the am­bigu­ous ex­pla­na­tions re­gard­ing the source of the sib­lings’ pow­ers. The mys­tery of whether Roan and Judge are the next stage of evo­lu­tion or the re­sult of an ex­per­i­ment form the novel’s core, and the co­nun­drum’s an­swer may ul­ti­mately prove un­sat­is­fy­ing.

Like­wise, deep ex­plo­ration of the in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ters’ psy­ches is not a pri­or­ity in Right of Cap­ture. In­stead, the story fo­cuses on the ef­fects caused by per­sonal in­ter­ests and how small in­ci­dents can add up to world-chang­ing

events. The lack of deep char­ac­ter­i­za­tion doesn’t serve as a pit­fall, how­ever. The in­tri­cate weav­ing of mul­ti­ple sub­plots and deft han­dling of a large cast of char­ac­ters is quite mas­ter­ful. The twists and turns, com­bined with sur­pris­ing mo­ti­va­tions and con­tra­dic­tions, keep the char­ac­ter­i­za­tion from seem­ing slight.

At its heart, Right of Cap­ture ex­plores the var­i­ous ways that hu­man weak­nesses can be ex­ploited. But when the peo­ple in­volved wield dan­ger­ous pow­ers, the shape of that abuse can have ter­ri­ble reper­cus­sions. The omi­nous con­clu­sion closes the chap­ter on Roan’s im­me­di­ate con­flict with the cor­po­ra­tion but sets the stage for fur­ther con­fronta­tions to come—cer­tain to be the wel­come sub­ject of much-an­tic­i­pated fu­ture in­stall­ments.

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