Paul Benedict is not like his fellow Utopians, immortals who live in absolute peace and love. He possesses the will to fight back, and he knows he must do so in order to protect his wife and daughters.
When alien scouts terrorize Paul's planet, he and his family work together to engineer a nonlethal battle suit designed to stop the attacks. The source of the invasion is a man named Shadow who is intent on eliminating the Utopian race, whom he calls "violators of God's power of life." He is also the game master of Divine Might--a gladiator game that may represent the Utopians' only hope. Using his invented suit, Paul embarks on a journey to gain mercy for his race by conquering the game, in which the champion's wish comes true. Only time will tell if he will survive and manage to do what is right when everything around him is wrong.
"A grand, epic, upbeat sci-fi adventure with an anime influence." - Kirkus Reviews
"Variance is an energetic novel with a lightning-fast pace." - Foreword Clarion Reviews
"The setting is like no place I have ever imagined nor come close to imagining, but it feels strangely familiar, the kind of world we sometimes visit in our dreams after an exciting experience. Josen Llave's prose is excellent and readers will enjoy how the author captures dramatic moments in the story, explores the depth of his characters, and builds the conflict that drives the plot. Variance: Raise Your Weapon is a fascinating story, delightful and with a satisfying ending. A masterpiece!" - Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
"An adrenaline-fueled thrill ride seasoned with a hint of family values that will satisfy action junkies and video gamers alike." - The BookLife Prize
The sequel to Variance is currently in its early drafts. Target publication for Summer 2018.
Currently plotting and world-building.