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Bon Echo and The Competition by @ColetteBos4 is a Dystopian Event pick #dystopian #yalit #99cents

Title: Bon Echo and The Competition

Author: Colette Bos

Genre: YA Science-Fiction, Dystopian

Book Blurb:

Maven, a bookish senior high school student living in a small town in Ontario, struggles to win a scholarship to go to university. Instead, to her shock, she solves a heartbreaking mystery from her childhood, leading her to discover her true calling in the great fight against global warming. Read Maven’s diary along with her as she recalls her search for the true meaning of happiness and success through the power of fellowship, knowledge, and imagination. Still, none of this would have been made possible without the help of her extraordinary friend and mentor from a time before recorded history. Follow Maven and her fellowship focused on saving the world from global warming. “Bon Echo and The Competition” is an exciting science-based quest, filled with surprising adventures, and discoveries.


Log: Last Entry for this journal at Bon Echo Bay Lighthouse

Wow, I did my one hundred and eight steps to the observation deck just now and beat my last record by eight seconds. This lighthouse is so going to keep us in shape. I’m not sure, though, if everyone is on board with this idea, but we shall see.

I can’t believe that just one day after high school graduation, here I am, preparing to write my last thoughts in my very first journal given to me by my grandmother for my birthday just three months ago. Crazy. Anyway, if I need any kind of inspiration for my writing, there can be no better place than my Bon Echo Lighthouse because this is where it all started. So much has happened in the last semester of high school that it feels more like ten years have gone by than just a couple of months.

I’m just starting to come down from the fantastic day we had yesterday celebrating our high school graduation, and now I’m looking forward to this summer because we’ve got some exciting things lined up for the next couple of months. After that, which I still can’t believe I could accomplish, everything is now set up to attend university this coming September. I can’t remember being this excited about the future because all of this is such a “180” from high school.

Right now, though, it’s just me up here, and all I want to do is relax and take in the view. I swear, I never get tired of this beautiful, glistening, watery expanse before me from the lantern room atop the lighthouse. I always feel unbounded and limitless up here, gazing onto the horizon beyond the bay, imagining all the possibilities that stretch out before us.

Even though the region abandoned my lighthouse many years ago, we made a promise that you would never be alone again. You are like a second home to us, filled with the hopes and dreams of its members. We’ve gone through so much together, but that’s ok because it allowed us to build friendships that will last a lifetime. It seems, now, like such a long time ago when we first created our fellowship, but that, I guess, is the true nature of time.

It was here that we came across earth-shattering knowledge, shared and closely guarded it, and it was here where an ancient voice guided us from the past extending beyond known history. He mentored and prepared us with a clear vision of the important role we would play in achieving his commission.

As I contemplate Bon Echo Bay, my grandmother always comes to mind and all the fascinating stories she told us as we gathered around our backyard fire pit roasting marshmallows. Some of her stories even involved a few of our ancestors who first came to Canada centuries ago by sailing vessel. What an arduous voyage that must have been, but as it turns out, they were motivated by intriguing information passed on by their ancestors.

Thankfully, we rescued this information from the past, and our commission now applies it to solving present-day mysteries related to our work. This information held secrets that my ancestors could not decipher with the technology of their day. Now, we can decode these secrets with our current applied science. When I think about it, it amazes me how we, and many others from the past, have supplied the pieces for this massive multi-generational puzzle.

OK, it’s now time to update my journal with my latest observations and conclusions.

Time as a concept is a mystery, as is the history of the Earth itself and its inhabitants.

It wasn’t that long ago when everyone believed that Earth began around the same time we did. In Roman times, they thought that the world started just before the Trojan war. Back then, it was about as far back in history as we could go. Researchers and scientists used religious texts and other sources for dating the age of the Earth. Later, theorists calculated, as best they could, but all these dating methods could not stand up to the rigors of today’s science.

Think about it. We have barely investigated the many civilizations that have come and gone from our ancient past, and now, using recent technologies, archeologists are discovering many more, which were invisible to the naked eye only up until recently. Scientists currently estimate the earth to be 4.54 billion years old, so what else may remain undetected?

As shown by the geological record, scientists now know that our planet's birth far predates humankind's origin by millions of years, or does it? I smile at this because now, I am so much more aware that the absence of evidence does not undo history. In truth, I may know more than anyone else about this subject. Knowing this, I genuinely appreciate the heaviness of this responsibility as I protect it to the best of my ability and guide it along into the future.

We have lost eons of human history with few exceptions, except the last cycle. Information from this civilization was able to break through and reach out over vast amounts of time, and yet, as incredible as all this may sound, serendipity still had to get involved to ensure this elusive connection from the past could take hold enough to accomplish the impossible. I believe we may never have discovered this civilization's existence if not for an improbable sequence of events.

When our paths crossed, the boundless past met up with the present, strangely giving us all the most crucial second chance we could ever hope for as our present world drifts ever closer toward destruction. Destiny may have played a role here, but I’m still concerned about what the future might bring. Ours could be the last cycle, especially considering how close to extinction we came to in this much earlier age of civilization. If we don’t get it right this time, there may be no more chances left for us. Because of this, we have pledged that this will be our permanent commission.

The world has given us many opportunities before, but it was just that, in each cycle, we were not aware of the earlier ones. Except, this time around, something did survive, and I discovered it, like a message in a bottle sent across an ocean of time. Well, anyway, it all still feels outrageously unbelievable, even to me, and I lived it. Nonetheless, vital information appeared like an echo from the ancient past, and this time, I hope it will be a good echo for our species. A Bon Echo, as Grandma would say.

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What makes your featured book a must-read?

Bon Echo and The Competition is a cautionary tale reflecting this storey’s past to our possible near future and offers a way out of the madness of global warming with some intriguing and hopeful ideas. Yes, global warming has happened before as evidenced in our geological record, but do we really know the whole story? This novel offers a fictionalized account of our ancient past by postulating that we keep making the same disastrous choices, over and over again, when it comes to the care and stewardship of our planet and that maybe this time around, we will pull through, with some extra help sent to us from the ancient past, and experience a good cycle, a Bon Echo!

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Author Biography:

Colette has refocused her love of writing and web development into a new creative writing direction. This new direction has allowed her to incorporate her love of science fiction and her academic background in Geography into a more focused approach of environmental causes. This combined interest has resulted in her first book "Bon Echo The Competition" in the Bon Echo Science Fiction Series.

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Feb 22, 2022

Thank you, Colette, for sharing your book in our Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Bookish Event!

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