My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What if you suddenly discovered you had a sense-and powers-that almost no one else in the world did? When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light-but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they’re the happiest they’ve been. But not for long. All over the world, people who’ve been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them-some for good and some for evil. When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows-and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life.
The book introduces you to its protagonist, Amanda Nichols, a 24-year-old graphics artist. On her way home, in Grand Central Station, she is stabbed. After being revived, her life is different. She registers all persons’ light points – even of those who are several blocks away. This perception is exhausting, rather a curse than a blessing. She meets others who – like her – had a near-death experience. She learns that the sense is not always used for the good cause. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.
With Lightpoints, Peter Kassan has created a fantasy novel with a certain thrill. Lightpoints is written in a unique style, sometimes even raising philosophical questions. The characters are believable. Well done, Peter!
This is a book to read again. I would really like to read more stories about Amanda.
About the author
Peter Kassan has been a writer since he was a teenager, when he became devoted to poetry. A couple of his poems were published in literary journals and one in Seventeen Magazine.
He earned a living with different kinds of writing, including technical writing (software manuals) and educational writing (instructional workbooks and audiotapes).
Lightpoints is a novel based on an idea he had had in his twenties.
Peter Kassan and his wife live in Connecticut.
Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you. 🙂
My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Lightpoints? Or – if you did not yet read Lightpoints – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
My question for you cinephiles:
If Lightpoints was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂