Colonists battle it out for planet domination in this startling tale that depicts the human psychology and desperate nature of colonization. Seeking a new home for Earth's inhabitants, Nocturne's first colonization vessels reported that they had landed on success---a livable planet around a long-lived sun. In response, a single ship followed with less than half the requested supplies, manned by a class of people too different from those who had first settled there. Now, a century and a half later, the leader of an unwanted people struggles against prejudice, a shrewd woman fights to overcome injury and protect her place in the planet's power structure, and two young men find themselves caught in the middle of an ambitious political battle.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.4" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Sep 28, 2005
Publisher Aio Publishing Company
ISBN 1933083018 ISBN13 9781933083018
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More About Jus Neuce
Jus Neuce is also a business writer. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
Reviewed by Susan Pettrone for Reader Views (9/06)
In "Nocturne," the reader is, from the first sentence, swept into the world of "Nocturne" and its people. A colony far in space, light years from earth, finds itself undergoing a crisis of such epic proportions that it is forced to ask for help. It seems one of the major food storage units is so heavily damaged that there is no recourse left but one for the colonists. This paves the way for an event that alters their world and opens their lives to changes they never contemplated ever happening! The help they receive is far from what they expected. Instead of help in the guise of people such as themselves, Nocturne colonists find an entirely different type of people in their midst, people who not only think differently than themselves, but people who challenge their very way of life. The two groups of people are so at odds culturally and socially that there seems no way there will ever be a peaceful agreement for the planet Nocturne.
The social relationships within Nocturne, with their decidedly vivid lines drawn, cause so much hatred and resentment that the reader is oftentimes left weary of the struggles between the groups. I personally felt overwhelmed by the characters and oftentimes wanted more in terms of individual characterization and setting to more easily put into perspective what was transpiring within this book. But, despite any confusion the reader may have as to the world of Nocturne, the storyline enlightens, the language enchants and the characters engage. All of this comes together to weave a story of conflict, confusion, love, loyalty and strength of character...not to mention determination. What will it take to save Nocturne? Who is loyal to whom and why did all of this happen? These questions appear to the reader, which have no real answer. In fact, if the reader were to substitute the word "Earth" for "Nocturne" you would find these questions are as old as time and still have no answer. It seems, Nocturne grew and evolved past the point where it could help itself and it is at that point where Nocturne began to change, never to be as it was.
I, as a reader, found the differences between the first colonists with a scientific bent and the later arrivals who seemed "hard-work oriented" to be so stark and vivid, that I wished for some sort of agreement or compromise between the two so harmony and life as it was, could be restored to Nocturne. But strangely enough, when the compromise didn't come, I wasn't surprised either. In fact, it seemed only right for the groups to move apart and co-exist on Nocturne as they did.
"Nocturne" is a book that would appeal to a wide range of readers, from young adults on up. It would be an interesting book for a book club, readers group or simply for a solitary reader who enjoys books, which ask more questions within the story than they answer. When the reader keeps in mind the differences between Nocturne's societies, "Nocturne" proves a sobering parallel to today's world in all its prejudice, hatred and even love. It is a book to read, and a book to be contemplated not only in a group but also most importantly, alone. As we all know, it is the questions in life which have no answers to be those that haunt us the most. And that fact alone is worth the time spent visiting "Nocturne" and its people within the pages of this book.
interesting but very complex science fiction thriller Oct 10, 2006
Over a hundred and fifty years ago, earth sent ships to the stars seeking habitable planets. They found one in Nocturne, an orb circling a red dwarf star with only one side ever faceing its sun. Earth sends colonists there once, but never returns and over time three societies form, consumer-based Prime, blue collar factory Back, and agricultural Kaettegut. They are tied together by the same capital Jefferson and a dependency on trade.
Terrorists blow up a Kaettegut hydroponics unit injuring several members of a visiting Prime inspection team headed by Jenning Crote. Kaettegut's highest ranking official Agricultural Administrator Chauncey Benner leads an investigation to uncover who is behind the attack and why. However, the Jefferson contingency do not trust her or anyone from Kaettegut so they refuse to cooperate. Some of the Kaettegut cabinet sees this as an opportunity to break away from the oppressive ties to Nocturne. In Jefferson, three political parties (Expansionists, Resourcists, and Status Quo) vie for power with different opinions on how to react to the terrorist act even as those in the Back sees this as a chance to demand better working conditions. Everyone agrees nothing will be the same as fears mount that open warfare is imminent.
This is an interesting but very complex science fiction thriller that showcases the societal differences between the three prime groups that make up Nocturne that has led to decades of distrust. The story line is built around the official investigation, but in fact is more about how substrata populations especially those vying for power react to the explosion and the inquires as everyone has an agenda. This is not easy to read as no one truly carries the plot but fans of deep thought provoking sci fi will want to take the time as Jus Neuce writes an insightful look at societal pressures that run the gamut from total reform to total control to status quo.
Gripping Sci-Fi Novel Feb 10, 2006
Nocturne reminded me of Lord of the Flies in that it's a bit of a social commentary of what might happen if we were stripped of all familiarities and forced to survive as best we could. As with Flies, the result isn't very attractive. Nocturne takes place on a new planet, colonized years ago by Earth. Family structures are no longer, and people's surnames are indicative of the school they attended. Each section of Nocturne has a governmental structure which is ultimately overseen by a higher council. Again, to me, it drew similarities to Lord of the Flies, except there are regions rather than individuals-- though the individuals certainly have their own agendas as well.
The critical conflict occurs when there is an explosion that destroys a vital food storage bin. Was the explosion an accident or an act of deliberate cruelty and manipulation? You'll have to see for yourself in this gripping sci-fi novel.
Social science fiction at its best Oct 27, 2005
Nocturne is social science fiction at its best: a rich and satisfying story of ordinary people caught up in a complex web of politics. Author Jus Neuce has created a detailed and believable world - a world on the cusp of upheaval. Nocturne is a tidally locked planet in synchronous orbit, which was colonized by two very different groups of people. One hundred and fifty years after colonization, a status quo is in place, an uneasy stalemate that masks a deadly competition for power and status. But the status quo is about to change: events on Nocturne are causing a shift in the balance of power, and the various factions scramble to gain advantage in this changing situation.
Against this backdrop of cold political machination, the all-too human plight of two young men, Graham and Kellan, resonates with timeless emotion and meaning. As events spiral out of control, Graham and Kellan search for their place in the world and meaning in their lives.
The book is a little difficult to understand at first; the story jumps right in and the reader is left to puzzle out a dizzying and confusing array of places, people, and political parties. Some readers may want to refer to the glossary at the end of the book, which details the history, social structure, politics, and geography of Nocturne. But readers who enjoy a mentally stimulating read will find that part of the enjoyment of this story comes from the gradual unfolding of the politics and sociology of Nocturne.