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Two young Vushla questioned what everyone knew about death. What should they do with the answer?

When the time comes for Vushla to die, they go into the ocean and are dissolved away. Or so Terrill has always believed, and still believes after taking part in his father's final journey. But when he meets a young Vushlu who lives by the sea, Terrill must confront information t
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Paperback, 369 pages
Published October 17th 2018 by Oblique Angles Press
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Sheila
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Karen Wyle’s alien life-forms in Water to Water are immediately and vividly real, convincingly non-human with evocatively different emotional needs, and yet profoundly relatable. A world with two different species and one haunting funeral tradition slowly expands as a young adult strives to move on from losing a parent. But losses come in many forms, and simply moving away from a parent might prove similarly difficult. Moving away from a faith could be even harder.

Honnu’s family secret, Terril’s
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Laura
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it, the world building was on point. I loved how the Author made the Vushla and everything. It made the world so interesting. I just felt it dragged on a bit. It took a long time to get anywhere. Which made the story go on a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I did still enjoy it.

Love the cover and the whole idea behind this story is great. Be interesting to see where the Author takes this world.

(Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the Author. Does not affect my review)
Mervi
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A stand-alone thoughtful science fiction novel.

The book is set in an alien planet without any humans. The planet has a couple of sentient species, the Vushla (singular Vushlu) and the Weesah. Physically, they’re very different from each other. The Vushla are depicted in the cover; they’re centaur-like beings but smaller than the Weesah who are more human-like with two legs and arms. The Vushla use cycles to move around. The cycles can be pedaled but they also have motors for rougher terrain. The
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Jessica Bronder
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This world is made up of two different races, the Vushla and Weesah. The Vushla are centaur like creatures that stay around their homes and don’t really encourage exploration. The Weesah are closer to human like appearance that trade and travel. Terrill is a young Vushlu that has to face the fact that his father is dying. They have a tradition where they travel to the sea and let the body dissolve back to the water. But on the return trip another family member becomes sick and the party turns ar ...more
R.C. Robbin
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Spoiler-free: This author does an excellent job at world-building, creating a convincing alien planet in which she develops some very unique characters. The writing is sharp and detailed, making it very easy to visualize the scenery and action.

I didn't give it 5 stars because the first half of the book felt a little... aimless. To explain exactly what I mean would bring us into spoiler-ish territory, and I'd rather not. Suffice to say, it is a good book and deserves a read. I enjoyed it!
Nat
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The world was alien in both people and landscape. The protagonist was still undergoing an understandable doubts. The main theme is the wonder and downside of discovery.
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Karen A. Wyle is the author of multiple science fiction novels, including The Twin-Bred Series: Books 1-3; near-future novels Division, Playback Effect, and Who: a novel of the near future. Her first novel outside the SF category was the afterlife fantasy/family drama Wander Home. Most recently, she has made a foray into historical romance with her novel What Heals the Heart. She has also publishe ...more

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