Ember from the Sun – Revisited
I always wished to read this novel for the only reason that the cover page was quite attractive: A Neanderthal woman like figure looking at the mist laden peaks and jungles before her. It was of-course very wrong on my part to choose a book for reading based on its cover page. It is almost like buying a house for its paint. But the cover page wasn’t only the cause; I was willing to read something on the prehistoric subject that helps me with new and varied ideas about the birth and growth of the civilization. In this regard my first encounter was with the ideas created by a renowned Austrian writer Klaus Ebner. His award winning work Hominid was one that ignited my ideas and paved my way.
Ember from the Sun by Mark Canter covers the story of a Neanderthal girl called Ember. A scientist discovers a Neanderthal woman, frozen for almost twenty five thousand years, with intact tissues and blood filled vessels, in an Arctic cave. The frozen Neanderthal woman carried an embryo, awaiting birth.
The scientist plants this embryo from the frozen Neanderthal woman into a surrogate mother, who on birth names her Ember. Ember proves to be excellent in almost every field when compared to her age children. But her muscular body, her loneliness and a yearning to understand her existence keep pressing her.
Quite curious to understand her existence, she starts on a spellbound journey, where she meet her creator, the scientist, and new facts that give new meanings to her life. She reunites with her people, the golden-skinned people of her dreams, awaiting her to unleash and understand the reason for her existence.
It’s a novel that’s very descriptive and spell bounds the reader. It took me some time to understand the scientific terminology used in the novel, as I am not one with a logical bent of mind, but then the read was worth it. The characters in the novel look quite real and the description of the supernatural powers of Ember flares one’s imagination.
At the very end I remember a quote from Mark Twain: “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” So I highly recommend you to read one.