Today I want to recommend a really great novella to you guys: Kingdom of the Sun by Ariffa Bevin.
I found one aspect of the story to be truly remarkable (and I don’t use this word very often). The main focus of the novella is, at least the way I see it, education and its importance. Yeah, those of you who hated your Math teacher might think of this as boring or whatever, but it only requires that you see things for what they are…
In an ideal world we’d be able to acknowledge the fact that teachers shape generations of people. They’re responsible for people choosing this or that profession, for people deciding to become one thing or the other.
Kingdom of the Sun kind of reminds you all that. And, of course, from all that derives the notion that knowledge is power, and what happens when you lose that power.
Written from the perspective of what one might call a teaching assistant, Helena, Kingdom of the Sun is one of those stories that show you just a little piece of the puzzle that is the world we live in. Let me explain: this world has become incredibly complex: imagine a room full of machines and stuff. And it’s almost impossible to realize how important any single one of the machines inside the room is.
We never stop and stare and ask ourselves how all the elements that make up our world interact with one another.
And Kingdom of the Sun does exactly that. Makes you see something (education) as being more important that we thought it to be. Especially in a world that is trying real hard to diminish the effect formal education has on us.
I’d describe this novella in a single cheesy sentence: A story about teachers that teaches you something.
From the age of 12, writing has always been a part of Ariffa Bevin’s life. At that age and through her teenage years, she became well known and frequently recognized for her poetic works. Since moving on from poetry, Ariffa continues to strive to change the world and inspire others with her words through her blog and story telling. She spends her free time with her husband, and they enjoy cooking, eating, playing golf, and watching sports. Kingdom of the Sun is her first book.