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THE LESSON explores the nature of belief, the impact of colonialism, and asks how far are we willing to go for progress? Breaking ground as one of the first science fiction novels set in the Virgin Islands, THE LESSON is not only a thought-provoking literary work, delving deeply into allegorical themes of colonialism, but also vividly draws the community of Charlotte Amali ...more
Hardcover, 275 pages
Expected publication: June 18th 2019 by Blackstone Publishing
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Sylvain Neuvel
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cadwell Turnbull paints a stunningly intricate portrait of humanity, capturing hopes and dreams, flaws and failings with remarkable depth and texture. The Lesson is a blast to read and a meaningful exploration of the bearing of colonialism and the perils of human ambition.
Gail  (The Knight Reader)
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 2018, caribbean-lit
I absolutely LOVED this book!

I was so thrilled that The Lesson was set in the Caribbean I immediately reached out to the Publishers and author to review it in advance of its June 2019 release. I was so happy that I did!

The Lesson is set in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is a story that unfolds around different islanders who live amicably among The Ynaa, Earth's newest visitors who just happen to be alien lifeforms. The story also follows one of the alien leaders, Mera, on her mission to bridge the
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Jypsy
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wasn't sure what to expect from The Lesson. Alien invasion I suppose? Regardless, I was lost from the beginning. I couldn't relate to the characters or the plot. Unfortunately, this story fell flat for me. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Lelia Nebeker
A speculative alien invasion novel set in the Virgin Islands--and it has a large contingent of female characters who actually do things! I know that sounds like a low bar, but I really did admire the dynamic characters Turnbull created. The story is well paced, and I loved how the aliens (who inhabit humanoid bodies) were incorporated into society, or rather, how they affect society. Honestly, this book was right up my alley, and will definitely be recommending it to everyone upon its release. A ...more
Emma Osborne
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adore this book - it deals with such big questions, and yet feels so intimate. The family dynamics are rich and complex, and the Ynaa are fascinating in their similarities and differences to humans.

A must-read.

(Disclosure: Cadwell and I studied together at Clarion West)
Janelle
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book about aliens! With compelling characters, an underlying sense of dread, social commentary, and mystery! I sincerely hope there is a sequel.
Brittany Holcomb
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Danielle Colburn
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

Read if you’re looking for…
sci fi, but not TOO sci fi ✓
multiple pov ✓
representation! main characters who are people of color & honest talk about colonialism ✓

Find my full review at daniellecolburn.com/thelesson!
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