Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Regression by Kathy Bell
When fourteen-year old Adya Jordan wakes from a coma, she awakes with detailed memories of her life as a forty year old married woman. She remembers in detail her house, her love affair and marriage to her husband and the six children they had, and can picture them in her mind. Of course, her parents and the doctors are skeptical and feel that her memories indicate the need for further brain scans and tests. She learns to hide her memories from those around her.
Yet, she is sure that her memories are correct, and interacting with others does nothing to diminish the detailed memories she holds. Then, after several months, she starts to understand. In school, the only place computers are allowed, she answered a question and is given a number to call. It is the number of the powerful Three Eleven Corporation, and they offer her an internship.
The Three Eleven Corporation controls most of the world's economy. They control all technology, and thus the financial, manufacturing and government realms. As Adya begins her stay with them, she learns the secret behind their power. The Corporation is composed of other individuals like her who have been regressed from the future. In particular, they all have specific memories of their last date in their former lives; November 11, 2011, or 11/11/11, Three Eleven. Adya is the first woman to be regressed and the others are not sure what that means.
The men in Three Eleven believe that there is a worldwide catastrophe coming on 11/11/11, which is currently twenty-seven years in the future. They have joined together to try to stop this, and to do so, have taken power over all facets in government. They see themselves as benevolent, but Adya questions their authority and whether their decisions are correct. Is it right to be incredibly wealthy because you can control the stock market with knowledge from a former life, or "discover" technological advances made by others in the future? This is the path they have chosen, and it is now time for Adya to decide if she will fight with them or against them as the world moves closer to 11/11/11.
Kathy Bell has written Regression in a manner that will fascinate those who believe in past lives and regression, and intrigue those who are willing to consider the possibility. This book is recommended for science fiction readers and those interested in New Age philosophies.