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It Was Meant To Save Humanity. Not Destroy It.
Storm Freeman gave the world a miracle. She designed The Gatherer to draw electromagnetic energy from the air and disperse free and infinite electricity to rural and underprivileged communities. Her invention helped people but devalued power industries. Some revered Storm as a deity. Others saw her as an eco-terrorist.
Then the miracle became a curse. The Gatherer unleashed a plague that damaged the human electrical system, bringing pain, suffering—and eventual death—to anyone continually exposed to the technology. Stricken herself, Storm goes into exile, desperate to find a cure—and destroy her invention.
But there are people in the government and in the corporation that funded The Gatherer who refuse to publicly acknowledge the connection between the device and the spreading plague. And they will stop at nothing to find Storm and use her genius for military applications.
About the Author:
Colleen Winter is an alumnus of the Humber School of Writers, the winner of the Leacock/Simcoe Erotic Prose Contest, and a winner of the Best First Sentence Contest at ThrillerFest. In a previous life, she worked as a journalist and is now a communications consultant in the electrical industry. She lives near Toronto, Canada and spends as much time as she can hiking and climbing the beautiful places of the world with her family and her dog.
Visit ColleenWinter.ca or read more about her at: KENSINGTON BOOKS.
This debut novel, THE GATHERER by Colleen Winter is a near-future sci-fi thriller centering on Storm Freeman, a scientist who creates an invention that brings infinite free electricity to the public in a more environmentally friendly way. The big problem is that the government gets involved and starts to mass-produce the invention and deliver it into the world without sufficient testing. People start becoming sick, including the scientist who invented it.
Maria Kowalski, an AWOL soldier having her own hidden agenda, also gets involved and provides a great contrast to the scientist. Is she working with the scientist or against her? At times, it is hard to tell. What I do know, is that I want to play Kowalski in the movie version of this novel (even though, I’m not really an actress, but I could be for the right part).
This novel is an amazing sci-fi story so plausible and realistic that it is easy to think it could be something that could be happening right now. Honestly, this book seems perfectly timed with all the unexpected coronavirus infecting our planet. Plus, it goes hand-in-hand with all the feelings of uncertainty, the worry, and the wonder of how it can be stopped, if at all?
THE GATHERER is an excellent read for people who love science, who love the environment, and who love reading about kick-ass female protagonists (because this book has two). The writing in this novel is top-notch and has quite a literary feel to it, so much, that I will classify it as brilliant upmarket fiction. I’m excited to get my hands on the next two books in this trilogy. Get writing, Colleen Winter… I’m waiting. Impatiently.
(because I love reading thrillers that have kickass women protagonists, books that make me constantly question technology and science and keep me wondering if this is even a possibility in real life, and books that make me constantly think about the environment and the fact that a single virus could wipe out an entire planet in a blink).