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The Parallels

A militia officer on the hunt for a murderer. A scientist with the key to humanity’s future. A girl in a glass tank with no memory.
One seeking justice. One seeking fame. One seeking answers. With the galaxy on the brink of war, time is not on their side.

Join them in their battle for survival.

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Book Description

Aboard Hydra Station, Halazar vows to uncover the truth behind the murder of a friend and fellow officer. Saddled with an ambitious agent with authority over the investigation, she must choose between duty and justice.

Lanees, a human scientist, identifies a group of cells that may change the future of humanity. Her dream of fame seems to be coming true. However, her discovery draws the kind of attention that turns her life into a nightmare.

Meanwhile, in a secret lab on Rigel Prime, a human girl wakes up in a glass tank. With no idea of who or where she is, she struggles to understand her legacy in this strange, morose world.

Join them in their battle for survival.

Readers Reviews

Carol Ann rated it ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Parallels, The Sensucht Series Book 1 by Keyla Demaer is a sci-fi thriller about three characters in a hostile world facing war, a scientist, a military officer, and a clone. Each character’s story is woven into a strand in this complex universe facing disaster to form a rich tapestry of life, duty, and betrayal in a multi-species society. This would make a great TV series. Looking forward to more.

Sedona H. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Parallels, The Sensucht Series Book 1 by Keyla Demaer is a fast-paced, engaging, sci-fi thriller. The story centers around three main characters—an alien military officer, Halazar, who is attempting to determine who killed a fellow officer; a human scientist, Lanees, who is trying to change the future of humanity; and a human clone whose goal is to discover who and what she is.

Aboard the Hydra Station, Halazar is determined to find the truth behind the murder of her friend and military mentor. She must work with an ambitious special agent who has his own agenda. Choices must be made, and Halazar finds herself walking the line between delivering justice, protecting her crew, and fulfilling her duties as an officer.

My favorite character was scientist Lanees. The human doctor must balance promoting her new project that could change the destiny of humanity with her love and commitment to her family. She’s raising a son and misses her husband who spends long periods of time away on business travel. She attracts the attention of someone who can fast track the approval of her project. But does he have her best interests and the best interests of humanity in mind? A great read, but a sad ending (at least for Lanees) in this installation of the Sehnsucht Series.

 H.L. rated it ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Parallels by Keyla Damaer follows intertwining character and story arcs set against a sprawling and incredibly complex sci-fi universe. Aliens, different political and social factions, new and dangerous science, a murder mystery, betrayal, clones – this book has it all.

Normally I would write up a recap of the plot and characters – but so much happens in the first couple of chapters alone, that I don’t think I could do the full book justice in a mere summary. The plot follows three main characters: Halazar, an alien military officer, who is searching for the person who killed a fellow officer; Lanees, a human scientist; and Eleanor, who has woken up with no memories, and only has a voice in her head to trust.

The action starts from the very first page and rarely relents. You’re thrown head-first into the setting, which is sprawling and vast in its worldbuilding. There were times I felt overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information and names and characters being thrown at me, however the detail and depth of the universe is incredible and the setting was vibrant in every page.

The universe is extraordinarily grimdark, but that isn’t a bad thing. This book is perfect for people who like their protagonists morally grey and the universe brutal where bad things happen to semi-decent people, and everyone has their own agenda and motives.

The Parallels is the first in a series, and a lot is set up in the book that is no doubt sure to pay off in the subsequent installments. I recommended this for people looking for sci-fi-flavoured Game Of Thrones-esque books.

The Parallels


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