Title: Hair Power
Author: Piers Anthony
Genre: Alien Invasion
Release Date: July 5th, 2016 by Dreaming Big Publications
Terminal cancer patient, Quiti, walks into an abandoned building planning on taking her life.
Instead, she encounters a telepathic ball of hair that insists it is an alien seeking to facilitate diplomatic communication on Earth.
Quiti assumes it is all a hallucination conjured up by her brain tumor.
Because of this assumption, when she saves the alien’s life and it insists on doing Quiti a favor in return, she only asks for her hair back. She soon discovers, however, that the creature’s gift extends much further than her new locks that can change color with a thought. As her powers grow and her deadly illness goes into remission, Quiti quickly realizes that there are those that would want to use her for her abilities and is forced to leave behind everything that she knew.
Will this blessing curse her to a life on the run, or does the mysterious hairball have more in store for her?
This was my first experience with Piers Anthony and I think it will end up being my last. I did not enjoy this book at all. The writing style is quite choppy and does not flow together nicely. It left me not enjoying the narrative and not fully being able to get into the story.
As for the plot, I feel like a lot of things were not thoroughly explained. The main character I had a lot of issues with. Especially in the areas that contained almost attempted rape scenes which seemed to be portrayed as attempted sex scenes (even though her hair allows her to prevent penetration). I did not appreciate what seemed like a lack of severity of the situation that occurred at the dance as well as her almost allowing it to happen, which magic/alien hair or not doesn’t sit well with me.
I also didn’t like the ending. It seems like the book went from alien hair to a High School Musical movie in a way that did not seem necessary or make sense in the light of all that is discovered about the hair and its powers throughout the book.
Overall, I had some high expectations since Piers Anthony has written many books and is a popular author. But I was disappointed and believe that this book did not live up to the hype surrounding Piers Anthony’s name.