Beyond the Mirror: Seechers, by M. K. Williams & Natalie Kavanagh
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Perhaps you’ve recently discovered a new favourite read, or maybe you’ll find one here today.
Without further ado, I introduce you to Beyond the Mirror: Seechers, a science fiction / fantasy novel by M. K. Williams and Natalie Kavanagh.
Beyond the Mirror: Seechers is a science fiction narrative, which switches between the main point of views of Aris, a university student, and a secret organization. Aris has just started University at UCL when he begins to see and hear things that aren’t there. Additionally, his new friend Maya seeks his help with her secret research project on Seechers, trying to figure out who they are and what they do. Little do the two young students know that they’ll soon learn far more than they bargained for as a mysterious group searches after the secret of the Seechers themselves.
Aris, a young university student was introduced as having a lot of responsibility for his age, tasked with caring for his elderly and ailing father. It became apparent from the onset of the story that not only was he caring, but unusually lucky, with some of his fellow students believing him to have a sixth sense of sorts (if only they knew the truth.) He also showed great courage in the face of danger, accepting an enormous change in his role in life, and doing all he could to protect his loved ones. I also noticed how his budding relationship with Maya drew a parallel between their lives, with them both having lost their mothers years prior and dealing with such events in different ways. They both had each-other’s backs when things got tough and displayed a truly deep and meaningful bond.
Maya, fellow uni student and intern at Curative Analytical (an organization specializing in Psycho-Biological augmentation) was shown to be passionate about her studies and research projects. She initially came across to me as a serious and temperamental young woman, with deep-seated dreams of uncovering the secrets of the Seechers, having learned of their existence from her mother’s old writings. There was a toughness to Maya that felt protective, as though she had changed following her mother’s tragic death years ago. I found that this sense of having to harden herself to the world made it easier to empathize with her on a personal level.
Finally, we come to Professor Maxwell (also fondly known to his students as Pep) , a notable professor of philosophy. From his first appearance in the book, he seemed mysterious, highly intelligent, and good-natured, the kind of teacher I suspect most people would like to have. His actions throughout the story garnered my respect and admiration as he does what all teachers should make it their mission to do: protect their students and help their natural talents and abilities to flourish.
Beyond the Mirror: Seechers was a fascinating story, which explored philosophy and unique abilities, alongside the depths of the human mind. Below are a few things which made reading it all the more enjoyable for me.
- The history of the Seechers was fascinating, as were the brief mentions of an old nemesis, The Tauredunum.
- I liked how the story began with a scene from the future (starting in Media Res), before returning back to the past, allowing readers to see how the story unfolds.
- The philosophical side of the book and its related theories (fictional or not) captivated me. The explanations of them were beautiful and intricate, and made me wonder whether such ideas could prove true in one instance or another.
As always, it wouldn’t be a review without sprinkling in some of my favourite quotes from today’s featured read. This time, I settled on three, each holding powerful messages about life and our inner workings.
1) ‘Obsessions are good motivators, but you shouldn’t let them take over your life.’
2) ‘Dreams are a powerful tool to the subconscious.’
3) ‘Dreams can reveal a lot about ourselves and our journeys ahead.’
Overall, Beyond the Mirror: Seechers was a fascinating story of philosophy and people with unique minds and abilities, who were being researched and hunted by a mysterious organization. It kept me on the edge of my seat and pulled me in with its rich cast of sympathetic and strong-willed characters.
Key themes of consciousness and ancient secrets made it hard not to become enveloped in the mystery of it all.
My rating: 5 stars.
Recommended to: lovers of unique science fiction / fantasy books, which involve young adult protagonists. If you also enjoy philosophy, then this book may be just what you’re looking for.
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