It’s 2109 and Peter Weekly is a timid genmod technician in the country of Nusa. Life in Nusa is perfection personified and rigidly governed. No one breaks the rules because they’re content with life in their utopia of fair-skinned citizens who have everything they want or need.
Thirty-two-year-old Peter lives in a state of constant anxiety. It’s his job to ensure couples have the perfect children of their dreams who will fit into Nusan society. He also strives to be the perfect Nusan, but life always feels off. He thinks the couples vain and selfish for the modifications they want in their children. He fears his actions and thoughts could betray him and cause the deporters to come for him.
But even more than that, Peter fears the Susans who live in the country south of Nusa.
He’s never seen a Susan. Few people have, but the dark-skinned, barbaric people are a constant threat to the people of Nusa.
At least that’s what their government tells them.
However, when Peter and his fierce, rule-breaking friend, Sasha Deen, encounter a Susan, he’s not only shaken… and embarrassed at the depths of his fear, but also his confusion. The Susan, Aetius, isn’t an ignorant barbarian, but intelligent, reasonable, and possesses what appears to be superhuman abilities.
If the Nusan government is so wrong about Susans, could they be wrong about everything else?
The Visitor is sharp, smart science fiction! Though a bit slow in the beginning, it soon picks up and becomes a page-turner. Peter struggles with indecision and fear for most of the read, but Sasha is a strong, straight-forward woman who does not suffer fools easily, and Aetius is a man out of time and space who just wants to go home.
Though ninety years into the future, the parallels with present-day issues are obvious, and Peter Weekly represents the common man who wants to live his life on his own terms without pretense or prejudice.
Good writing, good plot, good characters! Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!
Nusans don’t cause trouble. Peter is a good Nusan. Single, annoyed with his best friend’s constant blind dates, and comfortably provided for with his job as a genmod technician, he spends his days telling expectant parents what their unborn children will look like. For a fee, he can modify physical and mental traits.
To ensure Nusa’s perfect society, however, it is law that all babies must be born with white skin, an IQ 120 or above, and without any illnesses or disabilities. These modifications are free of charge. It’s the law. And good Nusans obey the law. The people of Susa, however, are known to be troublemakers.
Thank goodness the dark-skinned Susans all live south of the border, in Susa. The closest Peter ever has to come to a dangerous Susan is either on the silver screen being vanquished by a heroic Nusan hero or on the news as deporters — the force charged to keep Nusa safe — prepare to send them south to Susa.
That is, until a dark-skinned visitor is suddenly inside the four walls of Peter’s quiet existence. Snarky. Irreverent and without any regard for the rules, the stranger should be a Susan but is he? Why is he claiming to have fallen from the stars?
Everything Peter knows is suddenly in question and even his status as a good Nusan is under threat as deporters seek him out on suspicion of a capital crime. Has Peter caused trouble?
Life as Peter has known it is fragile. Can he survive long enough to learn the truth? And will he even want to believe it once he finds it?