Being - T.R. Mousner
For 200 years we've been conquering Nature. Now we're beating it to death. - Tom McMillan, quoted in Francesca Lyman, The Greenhouse Trap, 1990

EBN-Reyoz-X is a Guardian of the Sky. her spaceship crashes on Earth and she injures herself while hiding from the United States Air Force. EBN seeks refuge in a trailer park in Lancaster, California and waits to be rescued. in the interim, she befriends a mute teenage boy and his sister. EBN also discovers that she has the ability to heal the infirmed and terminally ill but not herself. the longer she stays on Earth, though, the closer she is to dying from the planet's polluted air. still she waits but help does not come and it if it does, it may be just too late...
Being is told in three points-of-view but each narration is done seamlessly that the reader does not get confused or lost. there is no difficulty in identifying the speaker and where he or she is. even the use of some alien words are easily understood because they are used in context.
incorporated in the story are interesting musings and statements from an extra-terrestrial's perspective on how man treats his environment and his propensity for wastage and destruction. family dynamics, observance of traditions, friendship, alien technology, intergalactic invasions, bullying, sharing gifts and mentoring can also be found within the pages.
this young adult paranormal romance with a sci-fi edge and more was another surprise read for me. i love everything about this book - the writing, the plot, the worldbuilding and the characters. author T.R. Mousner sure knows how to grab her readers and take them along with her on an unforgettable ride from Earth to the stars and beyond.

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