HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Extralife Chronicles: The Slayer and the Ruin-er
Author: Murasaki Hideki
Publisher: CreateSpace, 2012
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Hideki, Murasaki. The Extralife Chronicles: The Slayer and the Ruin-er (published in 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform). Mauveth Dojanne, age thirty, is a Reven engineer who lives in the city of Morvis, in the country of Reter, on the continent of Lynd, on the planet Extris, in the Tertius Galaxy. Humans have reached the Tertius Galaxy, have invaded Extris, and are trying to take it over from the native Extralife people. Mauveth is secretly working against the humans but is betrayed by his girlfriend Vera and exiled, so he escapes to Parva in the country of Deth where he joins forces with an old enemy, Avith Runer, a sniper who is trailing a murderess known as “The Killer,” along with Avith’s friends who include fifteen-year-old Jayde, the brothers Evin and Dale Brey, and a mysterious woman named Eva.
Mauveth changes his name to Maveth Ranne and becomes a leader known as “the Dojanne” among the Extralife fighting the alien humans. In the meantime, Vera is murdered, and her disgraced bodyguard, Grim Yene, a Mavic from the continent of Lurda who has been working for the High Council, also ends up in Parva. Then Maveth allies himself with Murl Graven who wants to become Queen. Eventually, they all end up back in Morvis. War is coming as the Extralife rise up to take back their planet. Who will fight on whose side? And who will win? The Slayer and the Ruin-er is intended to be Volume One of “The Extra-Life Chronicles.” Author Murasaki Hideki says, “This is a story of loyalty, confidence, sacrifice. This is a story of love, friendship, kindness.”
I enjoyed the book as science fiction, though it is not for young children. The scenes of killing and warfare, while not overly graphic, are quite blunt. Also, Mauveth and Vera are living together, and the term “shacking up” is used to describe their relationship. However, for older readers, the story contains fast-paced action and a surprising ending. With all the different groups pictured, such as the High Council, the Embassy, the Mods (modified humans), the Alters (altered Extralife), and the shadowy group known as “They” or “Them,” the plot might be a little confusing at times to some people, but hard-core sci-fi fans should enjoy the description of a new world and its technology, as well as the universal themes of love, betrayal, revenge, and the search for happiness in one’s personal life.