Alexander is the first science fiction novella by Tanya Yvonne. It's planned as the first in the Alexander series, in which Alexander, a five-year-old at the start of the series, becomes aware of his own abilities.
Alexander is the product of an experimentation by the higher mortals of the planet Gaia. Philana, the leader, believes it's best to study humans in their natural habitat. She views them as the missing link in the higher mortals evolutionary chain. She's opposed by Alcina, who views Alexander as a failed experiment, and plans to eliminate him.
Since Alexander's mother died, he only has his twenty-four-year-old Aunt Brina to support him. Through the scientific work of the higher mortals, Brina and Alexander will have to find the strength to fight Alcina's cohorts.
Although Alexander is an interesting debut for a science fiction author, there are some problems with the work. There is little character or plot development. Even a novella should have both. The ending is too abrupt, even though the work is meant to be the first in a series. Yvonne has set up an interesting premise, in which higher mortals observe the humans and earth, and interfere in their lives. Perhaps she needs to work on Alexander as a novel, rather than a novella, a format which does not leave enough room for exploration and development. Tanya Yvonne has made a promising start, though, with Alexander.
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