- Title: Root of the Spark
- Author: Michele Fogal
- ISBN: 9781682521786
- Page: 253
- Format: ebook
Dell doesn t want to hide any As the first hermaphrodite on the human colony planet of Ameliaura, Dell has spent the last year trying to blend into the crowd Dell used to snub the public eye with flamboyance and scandal, but lately the attention just feels like loneliness After surviving a vicious attack, Dell falls into the arms of Zavvy, a man who has made it hisDell doesn t want to hide any As the first hermaphrodite on the human colony planet of Ameliaura, Dell has spent the last year trying to blend into the crowd Dell used to snub the public eye with flamboyance and scandal, but lately the attention just feels like loneliness After surviving a vicious attack, Dell falls into the arms of Zavvy, a man who has made it his mission to help abandoned hermaphrodite children.Zavvy has been alone for years No one can understand why he s given up everything to take in street children and any hope of romance is out the window Until Dell Found naked and bleeding by the kids, Dell fulfills Zavvy s every youthful fantasy of the City s unashamed exotic night life.The needs of an impromptu orphanage leave little room for a relationship, but harder still, Dell s past has come back with a vengeance Dell will have to step into the light again to fight for a home before the age old tide of violence rises again.
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A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsSo…one big thing to keep in mind as you read this book is that these are basically two separate stories that happen at the same time. It took me a good third of the book to get into this kind of presentation and just as long to figure out that, as dissimilar as these two arcs are, they actually are taking place in a common world. That said, there is precious little that connects Dell’s and Ledder’s story arcs. Acorn is the common factor between them, but Acorn [...]
Root of the Spark might be set on an alien planet in an undetermined time, but it explores questions of gender and sexuality that will ring very familiar for those who don't fit comfortably into the gender binary. I've never read a story quite like this one before -- Michele Fogel's defiant imagery and evocative prose bring Dell's world -- and problems -- to life. It is a complex and violent picture she paints, though not one entirely without hope. Perhaps not so very different from our own, aft [...]
Bewitching! Honest and Raw Storytelling by a Master.This story is so unique, I can’t even say if it is Fantasy or Science Fiction. More like Speculative Fiction of the Mind and Spirit.Fogal explores core themes of humanity, gender identity and belonging in this alternate world where humanity is split between two vastly different cultures, the Motherland and the Fatherland, and though the outward war between the two has ostensibly ended, the inner war rages on. It is up to the (nearly but not q [...]
Gorgeous. Highly recommended for an uplifting LGBTQ+ read. Fogal beautifully explores the lives of Dell and Ledder with a rich narrative.
If someone were to ask me what the themes ofRoot of the Spark was, I'd have to go withduality andsecond chances.Root of the Sparkexplores the concepts of gender, emotion, and trauma. There are two plots in this book: That of Dell, the first hermaphrodite born on the earth colony, and that of Ledder, a man who's alcoholism and past demons wreaks havoc on his wife and two children.Dell's conflicts lie in pers (the pronoun used to describe hermaphrodite people in this book) hermaphrodite nature. Si [...]
One of my favorite books of the year: A delicious science fiction read for those who love alien worlds, and it’s a beautifully worded character novel for those who love unique literary fiction!At first glance, Root of the Spark is two separate stories set in the same world, where it’s not clear if the stories take place at the same time. In one story, we have Dell, a hermaphrodite who is originally from another part of the world where per (preferred pronoun) currently lives. In per society, [...]
It's almost impossible to review this book without spoiling the experience for the reader--I don't want to tell you anything about the story, because it unfolds in such a unique way, and the layers of each character are revealed/stripped away I love gender-play in my books, and the author's take on gender, its fluidity and experience of discrimination, placed in a fantasy-world context, is fantastic-al. One of my favourite things about the fantasy genre is that it allows authors to be undidactic [...]
Root of the Spark is a perfect blend of the sci-fi and romance genres. I loved the sensuality of the writing - it pulls you so vividly into the world of the characters.There are many deep truths embedded in this novel, and it made me reflect on my own life's journey. A fantastic book! Highly recommend it!
4.25Excellent world building, and excellently paced.I enjoyed the exploration of gender in a society with many similarities (and many dissimilarities) to our own.My next task will be to glom this author!
I don't have much faith in a story that uses an outdated and now-offensive term like hermaphrodite when it would have taken less than a second to learn that intersex is the correct term now.
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