Calliope awakens after what she suspects is an earthquake, and everything that is supposed to be isn’t. She can’t find her family, in fact, there aren’t many people around at all with the exception of her neighbor’s daughter Eunjoo. Eunjoo seems to know a lot for a 6-year-old, but Calliope sends a lot of time placating her rather than actually listening to her.
Then there’s Mara, who is desperately looking for her girlfriend Trudy, who is Calliope’s aunt. She’s running into a lot of the same thing’s Calliope is, the only difference is this is something that has happened to Mara before, several decades previous. Both women must fight to stay alive in an ever-changing world and find a way to return to their families.
So I didn’t care much for Calliope. I understand that she’s a scientist and that her beliefs are rooted in facts, but when you’re faced with situation after situation of the unbelievable, there comes a point when you have to accept that your previous truths no longer apply. I also didn’t much care for how Givhan felt the need to always point out race, “middle-aged white man” and “embraced the white girl”, and on, it just wasn’t needed, especially after we had already met these people.
When I take out the few things I didn’t like, there is a lot to like in Trinity Sight. I especially loved Eunjoo and her ability to look beyond, she was wise beyond her years and made for an exceptional character. The book is steeped in Zuni folklore, and its story and ending are based around the belief that the lore is more than just that. It blends science and lore in a magical and fantastical tale, that once you’re ready to believe, becomes believable. The writing was excellent and the story was well told.
Thank you Blackstone Publishing for allowing me to read this ARC, it was such a gem!