Tightly conceived and smoothly choreographed sci-fi fantasy. Higher aspects of human nature.
Shamans fight the shadows within people’s hearts, manifested as reenactments of ancient battles. Exciting, fast-moving.
I've been looking for answers my whole life. Does that sound familiar to you? Asking myself the same questions over and over again, trying to get a better grasp on their loose ends with every passing day. Is Exo the path towards the end of the tunnel? I feel it is only one of many... And I'd rather turn all these cold blades into ashes. But it's there and frightfully real. I’m all in.
Smile, tomorrow will be worse. So sick and so true, at least for my time. It didn't take me long to learn I needed to be among the strongest to survive. Then, this realm of mankind’s deeds from the past gave me the weird chance to smash evil echoes bearing a face. Oh, I became so good at it! But I must listen to the best of the shamans. Especially when I might be wrong — I've been wrong quite a few times in my life.
Greece is my home. They call it 'ancient' — a small clue Exo allows me to hear from other shamans' mouths. Which makes me terribly sad: why isn't the future any better than this? No, I must not think of that. And keep living for others in need. I'm sure Exo will turn all this fighting into a more peaceful and meaningful way. I only hope I’ll still be here when it does.
When Lisa, the heroine of Chan’s sci-fi fantasy, is just five, she shows her unusual personality through her craving for white noise. Living on Malta with loving parents, she watches her wonderful world crumble during an armed rebellion. She then has a visionary breakthrough to another dimension where a shaman immediately recognizes her special powers and gives her a magical bracelet. As an adult, she begins to return often to her dream realm. She is told by one of its denizens that she is in Exo, short for Éxo Mésa or “out inside.” There she and her Exo companions re-fight old battles to reduce the effects of evil associated with them.
The steady focus of Chan’s well-organized book is the development of the higher aspects of human nature, supported by etheric guardians like Lisa behind the scenes. Jumps in action between past and future add suspense as the reader wonders where Lisa will land in her next Exo journey. The result is tightly conceived and smoothly choreographed future fiction with a cliffhanger ending that begs a sequel.
The multiple narrators, many of whom are from different times different to Lisa, provides an interesting foil to her more modern views. Through Lisa’s eyes, readers get to explore her job as a scientist and her dream of flying into space as an astronaut. Through her friend Gabbie’s eyes, they get a taste of a woman’s life in Ancient Greece. The time spent in these alternate times, both and past and future, are brief leaving the reader both hungry for more and excited for the second novel.
“Paradigm Shift: Future Comes from Behind” by S.T.K. Chan is an exciting, fast-moving work that explores how different actions can set off unforeseen chains of events and the ramifications of standing by and allowing evil to make its course. This novel is perfect for fantasy lovers who want a taste of science fiction and is certain to keep its audience engaged throughout!
This is an interesting book, with some very creative ideas, and a huge potential. Exo is a fantastic concept. I love the idea of this “internal” world where you can act to generate some form of karmic resonance that affects the world. It’s a fantastic playground capable of generating countless stories. This is the hallmark of good worldbuilding.
An action-packed and fast paced time travel/metaphysical thriller here, which kept me interested from beginning to end (with a few overly long preachy bits). Strong elements, good characters, some humorous and touching moments. A strong story that I am sure a lot of readers will love. Well done.
This is a very well written story. It shows STK Chan is a great writer and passionate about his story, which makes for a great read. The plot is original and intriguing, bringing in the information of Exo and shamans is all clear and fully explained. I absolutely love the genre, it is a good twist of modern events with a fantasy twist.