Thursday, October 19, 2017

Book Review: 'The End Of The World' by Lamees Alhassar

Author Lamees Alhassar is a very beautiful woman who is a prolific writer, artist and humanitarian, having authored a number of books concerning the immense potential for all human beings to become tremendous catalysts of change and positivity. Her rather phenomenal number of books published includes fiction, paranormal themes, self help books, beautiful coloring books based on mandalas and more, children’s books, and on and on. From her exquisite website, rich in imagery and videos, we learn that Lamees ‘was inspired to write about cancer awareness after the passing of her brother, Ali, who lost his valiant fight against cancer in October 2014. She wrote a book that is distributed for free to cancer patients and their families throughout the Middle East. She fervently hopes that she will be able to make a positive contribution to the society she lives in—and beyond—through her writing and considerable charity work. She has committed herself to this, body and soul, and dedicates a substantial amount of her time, resources, and wealth to this noble mission. Lamees has great belief in the strength that comes from reading, knowledge, and the power of the written word. She believes in the ability of the individual to make a substantial difference in the world. This is why she writes books that touch upon cancer awareness and the empowerment of people to lead a better life (on a personal, career and societal level), ultimately benefiting the whole world.’ And as she states, ‘‘Don’t cry over lost opportunities for there are many more to come.”

Lamees’ writing style is smooth and lyrical, carefully describing all aspects of her cast members and the atmosphere in which this story takes place, as is evident in the opening paragraphs – ‘After the alarm rang, she stood up from her bed. It was exactly 2: 00 AM, the desk clock was saying. She got up from the bunk bed and stretched. She was wearing her underwear and her long, dark hair was disheveled. She looked around and spotted her robe hanging on the wall nearby. She stood up, reached for it, and put it on. For a moment, she stood by the window. She looked outside and peered into the dark sky. All she could see were the millions of stars that surrounded her. As she peered further into the skies, she saw nothing but darkness. Pitch-black darkness. It was dark. It was always dark because when you are in outer space, all that you can see are stars, stars, and more stars. They served as a means to get directed through the darkness. She picked up the laptop by her side and opened it. She waited for it to power up before she put on her earpiece, which was in form of a Bluetooth receiver. She needed to make her daily entry.’

A ruling queen of science fiction Lamees distills the plot as follows: ‘Earth has been plundered by its inhabitants for far too long. It is now a whirling mass of destruction, being pulled into its own Sun. Captain Kristen and the crew of the Atlantis have been tasked with finding a suitable replacement world before it is too late. In their travels they come across many strange beings, and are captured by some to be used as pawns in a game for their own race’s salvation. The leader of one planet reluctantly agrees to help them, merely with guidance to find the makers of Planet Earth. He suggests that when a machine breaks down, one goes to the maker of the machine. Since humans have “broken” Earth, why not find the makers of the planet? Will the crew of the Atlantis find the makers? And even if they do, will it be in time, and will the makers agree to help? “Good morning. This is Captain Kristen, Commander of Atlantis Mission Explorer,” she stated. “Today is day 1,472 since we departed Earth. “I hope today will be a good day for us, a day when we will have some good news to relay back to you at home. News that will bring us all hope and salvation.” She shut down the laptop and sighed. “Hope and salvation,” she repeated to herself.’

Though her books are not lengthy that is a plus – a fine evening’s read that is difficult to put aside and is certain to provide an escape from a day’s drudgery. Fine writing and an excellent storyline contribute to this book’s success. Lamees Alhassar proves her stature as a writer of importance. Grady Harp, November 16
I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it.

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