Attracted by human ingenuity, a race of benevolent aliens pays a visit to Earth in order to barter technologies that humanity may not be ready to receive.
For all purposes, the Faerie Folk seem well-intentioned, despite the distrustful humans and aggressive militaries that welcome them. The alien race has an offer to exchange technology that will save humanity from inevitable extinction in return for humans sharing their advances in genetics. The exchange would be mutually beneficial, as both cultures depend on these advances in order to ensure the continued survival of their species.
The reactions of the humans and global society as a whole are quite believable in the context of the story. Governments scramble to maintain control of the populace and make desperate attempts to keep one step ahead of rival superpowers. And with the genetic advances allowing humans to live forever, there is no longer a need for an afterlife or religion in general, a concept that has dangerous societal repercussions. It quickly becomes apparent that the humans are their own worst enemies.
The technology of future Earth is relatively mild as far as sci-fi goes, instead opting for a more realistic progression of current technology, giving further credibility to the whole story. The alien technology, though far superior to our own, is well described and I particularly liked the segment of the book detailing the maiden voyage of Earth’s first starship.
It is work like this that gives me great hope for the future of self-publishing. I’ve said it before: At the base of all great sci-fi and fantasy is the human element. If you are a fan of science fiction, this is a must-read, but readers who don’t particularly care for sci-fi will find it enjoyable as well. Check it out.