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Sentient By Jay VanLandingham

Publisher: Climb That Mountain Press

Several Reviews

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"Sentient is a heart-touching, evocative, and ominous novel that explores the boundaries of human consciousness and the potentials we have to communicate with animals. Set in 2040, VanLandingham's artful prose weaves several plot threads with striking parallels that shine light on issues we are facing today with startling and powerful impact. The book helps us hear the voices of countless animals, and contemplate what they would say to us if we could hear them. If you are fascinated with animals, philosophy, and adventure, you will most likely enjoy this timely and stimulating book."
— Dr. Will Tuttle, Ph.D., author of the international best-seller, The World Peace Diet.

"VanLandingham forges a powerful story of three characters who seek to create safe lives for themselves and their loved ones, whether human or animal... Sentient's ability to call into question the survival tactics of a disparate society makes it a hard-hitting, action-packed story that combines well with a teen coming-of-age backdrop to appeal to both teen and adult readers of dystopian sci-fi."
— Midwest Book Review

"Sentient delves into multiple current topics including ecoterrorism, resource scarcity, the animal rights movement, gender norms, sexuality, and the human condition. Bray's connection with Alice is well-developed and presents an uncomfortable truth that humans kill animals for food, and the animals often suffer cruel living conditions ended by a violent death..."
— Reedsy Discovery

"Sentient will take you on a roller coaster of adventure through the eyes of both humans and animals. Feel what the animals feel, strive to take down those who keep you captive, fight to stop the revolt, and desire to be listened to. Learn from this story, though we are all different, every life is important..."
— Felisha Antonette, author of the Separation Trilogy and The Sephlem Trials, from the Back Cover

About the Author:

Jay VanLandingham (he/him) is the author of The Animalist Code novellas and the dystopian novel Sentient.

As an avid animal rights activist and longtime vegan, Jay’s writing focuses primarily on issues of climate change, animal agriculture, and the significance of nature as a place to call home.

Jay holds a Master’s degree in Social Work as well as a Bachelor’s degree in English. When not writing, Jay can be found coaching clients on achieving their writing goals and providing telehealth therapy.

Jay is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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