Part ET, part Wonder, part Snow Child, Our Child of the Stars has the same combination of science fiction and heart-tugging tenderness that Stephen King does so well
This strong and generous first novel wears its heart on its sleeve and embeds all the thrills and chills in credible human, and non-human, emotions
Our Child of the Stars: an out of this world winner
A pleasing, big-hearted read, its late-1960s setting well evoked
Sympathetic characterisation and fine storytelling . . . What makes this such a satisfying read, apart from the thrillingly rendered chase (and the refreshing notion that not all aliens are bent on inimical invasion), is the characterisation of Molly and Gene, a childless couple given this one miraculous chance to show love for an adopted son. This is an optimistic take on the ET theme, done without the schmaltz of the film
Possessing a more complex and nuanced worldview than its predecessor, Our Child Of Two Worlds is modern, emotionally sophisticated science fiction. Stephen Cox's tale of the charming but lost alien child Cory shows us that humanity, for all its flaws, is worth saving, and that the power of the human heart stretches from this world to the next
Our Child of Two Worlds is a stirring novel about family and home. Rich with humanity, it explores our species' tendency to damage ourselves, our relationships and Planet Earth. A powerful, sad but satisfying sequel.
Another beautiful book that is so much more than a defining genre
Full of heart
Our Child of Two Worlds is a beautiful novel about family and all its uncertainties . . . This wonderful story is as warm as it is honest. It is about destructiveness and forgiveness, about embracing differences and accepting imperfection. It is science fiction with a very human heart and a celebration of love in all its many shapes. I loved it.
[Our Child of Two Worlds] is a more uplifting form of dystopian science fiction as it shows that there is a way out. Like in The Day the Earth Stood Still, humans are still given the chance to save themselves if they can learn humility and co-operation. The setting of the early 70s is perfect as the characters reflect the clash between the peaceful New Age movement and Conservatives. We are asked to believe more in the characters who see the best in people, but Cox does not forget to give the book tension and threat. There is a lot of menace and fear that must be gone through until you are rewarded with the light.
Cox's eminently readable writing is insightful and unsentimental, humane and emotionally honest
The first book was an offering unlike anything I had read before. It was science fiction, yes, but it didn't concern itself with spaceships and far-flung planets; the action all occurred much closer to home. It was a story about family love, loyalty, and small-town sensibilities. Once again, Stephen Cox has created a novel that strikes at the heart of family. Add into this some social commentary on the importance of accepting those who are different from us, the dangers of bigotry, and an over-reliance on unreliable media sources, and you end up with a wonderful conclusion to a very special duology
Wholly fresh and intensely gripping