In The Evolved Ones: Awakening, released this July 2019 by Marshall Cavendish Editions, humans have developed special powers and are under siege by those who wish to study these powers and take them from them.
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“Full of action, pain and suffering, which is at the heart of one of the main character’s special gifts, the book tells the story of Rox, a 40-something woman who is trying to recover her memories from the last four years.”
At the time the book idea was created, its author – American-born Natasha Oliver – was a mother of two girls, living in Singapore and having a hellish time getting her youngest to sleep. “She would scream and she would not sleep, so I didn’t’ sleep,” Oliver told attendees at a recent book launch at the National Library in Singapore.
Perhaps it’s not at all surprising then that one of the themes of the book is motherhood. Namely, how could its heroine Rox forget her kids? Clearly, only an evil deed could erase such important memories! Going through her own mother-related trial, author Natasha felt this was the perfect way to begin the first story in a planned three-book series: create a tale in which it was possible to escape motherhood without having it be the mother’s fault.
Because The Evolved Ones features special beings in an urban setting, it falls under the Urban Fantasy genre, explained Natasha, who previously attended Goddard College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing programme.
Despite internal conflict amongst the EOs (Evolved Ones), their main goal is to simply survive and, someday, thrive. Others want to put the EOs’ powers to work for the government, which in its own way, wants to make life better, too. But, for whom and at what cost?
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This is an especially a valid question, considering the plot twists involving covert operations groups, hospital prisons, experimentation centres and filthy rich EOs who sleuth around in high-end combat circles and multimillion-dollar helicopters and planes.
Of course, it’s only book one in The Evolved Ones’ trilogy, so there will be time to figure out who are really the good girls/guys versus the bad ones. Is it really going to be that simple? Not likely, says Natasha. With such strong female characters on both sides of the fight, you may even find yourself rooting for more than one.