The Bottom Line: Fans of alien invasion themes should check out this highly original tale told through the lens of a doomed extraterrestrial species.
Some 10% of Americans claim to have actually seen a UFO, and 77% believe there are signs that aliens have visited Earth. So with the question of alien visitation now settled, we can move on to the next logical question: why are they coming here?
Phillip C. Elrod’s Mylea: The Journey Begins is as innovative an explanation as you’re likely to get. Credit Elrod for avoiding common themes in the alien invasion genre, including the search for water (Signs) or the desire to stop our senseless violence (The Day the Earth Stood Still). Instead, Mylea tells of a civilization that, despite its wondrous technology, is helpless to stop the black hole approaching its sun. Facing certain destruction, Mylean scientists seem to have but one option: flee to Earth.”
The plan was perfect. Almost. Mylea, a Utopian civilization on the brink of total destruction, was saved by a plan set in motion by one prescient man. Unfortunately, things will always go wrong. A slight oversight exacerbates the battle of wills between two artificially intelligent entities tasked with the plan’s execution, each bent on exerting control over the other. Their battle impacts the lives of a man with alien roots, a bored scholar looking for adventure, and a dog that can easily bend both to her will.
Mylea: The Journey Begins by Philip C. Elrod is a solid sci-fi offering that uses well-paced storytelling and interesting characters to present a what-if scenario that touches on themes of power, control, and freedom. Throughout the novel, the question of who watches the watchers becomes increasingly more important. Checks and balances become the central theme and readers immersed in the concepts of an alien civilization, technology far beyond our own, and intelligence different from ours will find that the dilemma of understanding the nature of power and control is strikingly familiar. Science fiction is at its best when it satirizes humanity, our achievements and goals, our current state, and our ideas of what exactly constitutes our hope for the future.
Mylea is a good read, fully capable of mesmerizing casual and hardcore science fiction fans alike and inspiring them to keep turning the pages. It succeeds in not just providing quality entertainment and escape, but in also provoking readers and inducing them to superimpose the fictional themes and situations contained therein with those found in humanity’s own story.
“This was a fascinating story from the very start, but there a questions still left unanswered and I for one hope that there is more to come in the Mylean series!”