Author: Lisa Pell
Genre: Scifi / Mystery
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple is a tale of mystery, murder, and love in a parallel universe, with a bit of humor. Addy O’Malibul is a former journalist who is convicted of murder and imprisoned on a planet called Malaprop, strikingly similar to Earth, but with a few twists and many Dystortions in translations of data transmissions from a planet known as Hearth. Glitched up radio communications are bombarding Malaprop – a world where fearful national security analysts, politicians, and P.R. flacks re-write history and distort facts to recreate their reality in Hearth’s image. The Dystortions in those radio communications sometimes appear to twist words backwards and create opposite meanings, but maybe also reveal underlying truths.
There’s just enough good science and wacked-out myth-busting to make the story hauntingly credible – and enough saucy romance to keep things hot. It’s much warmer and more colorful than any shades of grey.
Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple tells the story of Addy O’Malibul, a former journalist who is convicted of murder and imprisoned on the planet Malaprop, which is strikingly similar to Earth. One of the differences is that Malaprop suffers from Dystortions in translations of data transmissions, with glitched up radio communications. The Dystortions are actually quite intriguing – while changing and twisting data, they often reveal underlying truths.
I enjoyed the parallel universe of Malaprop, and how they want to be like Hearth, and how everyone, politicians and media alike, twist words to rewrite history and change facts – not that very different from earth, if you look at the core of it. Addy was an amazing character. She started out as your every day protagonist with a pretty regular life, until things turned south for her, and she had to adapt to her new circumstances of life. I especially liked the way she changed and grew throughout the story.
The plot also has a good amount of humor, and the writing is good too. This is an excellent scifi mystery for fans of the genre.