Genex of Halcyon

Genex of Halcyon Genex of Halcyon by Joshua Stelling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this near-future utopia, in Halcyon all are free. People with wings fly alongside skyline railcars, between the towers. They are more than what we’ve known as human, the next stage of our evolution. Amid the psychic computers and genetic freaks, competitive laser sports and mindless bots, runs a love triangle stronger than death itself. Over these three nights in 2051, Harmony and Azad must find their way through misfits and prophets, blood and tears, to new horizons. Their fate, in the time of climate change, in the afterglow of the rise of machines, is entwined with the world

This story is about a love triangle involving Harmony, Orion, and his brother Sayd and all of the events took place over the course of the last 3 days of December. I found all of the imagery and poetic writing to be beautiful and thought-provoking but the story itself, the love triangle, did not flow in one cohesive pattern but did not have any spelling or grammatical errors. I was pulled in with words and I was pulled in with the introduction of Day, a Genex, which I took to be a beautiful fairy or human butterfly. She represented the temptation aspect of this story, for me. Every good thing lived through Harmony. The story, overall, while a bit all over the place, was quiet, calm, and cold, but not in a bad way and Joshua Stelling did not crowd the scenes or the plot with an overabundance of characters. The world they lived in, which is in the year 2051 is boiling over and life offers many questions instead of answers for the characters. True to its genre, Genex of Halycon is a true fantasy/science fiction story and while the ideas presented were insightful, I felt encumbered with confusion since there was no straight plot to follow. I pulled a line from the story that represents how I felt while reading this story: "'All language is a metaphor, anyway. Somehow, in distorting everything else, sometimes we make clear something that's true.'" Yes, distorted and poetic

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