Truth of the Divine

Truth of the Divine

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Truth of the Divine is the latest alternate-history first-contact novel in the Noumena series from the instant New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times bestselling author Lindsay Ellis.

The human race is at a crossroads; we know that we are not alone, but details about the alien presence on Earth are still being withheld from the public. As the political climate grows more unstable, the world is forced to consider the ramifications of granting human rights to nonhuman persons. How do you define "person" in the first place?

Cora Sabino not only serves as the full-time communication intermediary between the alien entity Ampersand and his government chaperones but also shares a mysterious bond with him that is both painful and intimate in ways neither of them could have anticipated. Despite this, Ampersand is still keen on keeping secrets, even from Cora, which backfires on them both when investigative journalist Kaveh Mazandarani, a close colleague of Cora's unscrupulous estranged father, witnesses far more of Ampersand's machinations than anyone was meant to see.

Since Cora has no choice but to trust Kaveh, the two must work together to prove to a fearful world that intelligent, conscious beings should be considered persons, no matter how horrifying, powerful, or malicious they may seem. Making this case is hard enough when the public doesn't know what it's dealing with--and it will only become harder when a mysterious flash illuminates the sky, marking the arrival of an agent of chaos that will light an already-unstable world on fire.

With a voice completely her own, Lindsay Ellis deepens her realistic exploration of the reality of a planet faced with the presence of extraterrestrial intelligence, probing the essential questions of humanity and decency, and the boundaries of the human mind.

While asking the question of what constitutes a "person," Ellis also examines what makes a monster.

Author: Lindsay Ellis
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: 10/19/2021
Pages: 496
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.61lbs
Size: 9.52h x 6.84w x 1.65d
ISBN: 9781250274540

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 05/01/2021 pg. 13
Publishers Weekly 08/02/2021
Booklist 09/15/2021 pg. 29

About the Author
LINDSAY ELLIS is a New York Times bestselling author, media critic, and Hugo-nominated video essayist with 1.03 million subscribers on YouTube, over 98 million cumulative views of her channel, and 287K Twitter followers, with vocal fans like John Scalzi, Hank Green, and Seanan McGuire. After earning her bachelor's in cinema studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, she earned her MFA in film and television production from USC's School of Cinematic Arts with a focus in documentary and screenwriting. She lives in Long Beach, CA. Truth of the Divine is her second novel.