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Containment (Children of Occam Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Christian Cantrell
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Book Description

The colony on Venus was not built because the destruction of Earth was possible, but because it was inevitable…

A brilliant young scientist and one of the first humans born on Venus, Arik works tirelessly to perfect the science of artificial photosynthesis, a project crucial to the future of his home, V1. The colony was built on the harsh Venusian surface by the Founders, the first humans to establish a permanent extraterrestrial settlement. Arik’s research becomes critical when he awakens from an unexplained, near-fatal accident and learns that his wife is three months pregnant. Unless Arik’s research uncovers a groundbreaking discovery, V1’s oxygen supply will not be able to support the increase in population that his baby represents.

As Arik works against time, he begins to untangle the threads of his accident, which seem inextricably linked to what lies outside the protective walls of V1—a world where the caustic atmosphere and extreme heat make all forms of known life impossible. For its entire existence, Arik's generation has been expected to help solve the problems of colonization. But as Arik digs deeper and deeper, he discovers alarming truths about the planet that the Founders have kept hidden. With growing urgency and increasing peril, Arik finds himself on a journey that will push him to the limits of his intelligence and take him beyond the unimaginable.

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About the Author

Christian Cantrell is a software developer from northern Virginia. He writes the technology blog and takes photographs for Cantrell is the author of several self-published short stories, including “Brainbox” and “Farmer One”; Containment is his first full-length novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 802 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Publisher: 47North; 47th edition (7 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007264H36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,936 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really my cup of tea 15 July 2011
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Like a lot of other reviewers I thought there was far too much "technobabble" in this novel. The author often shoves long explanations of fantastical advances in science into the story which ultimately add nothing to the plot. I think you would have to be a fervent fan of sci-fi to rave about this book. It doesn't really get interesting until about two-thirds into the story. The ending is not too bad, if a little predictable, so I gave this book three stars. If you liked the BBC drama "Outcasts" you should like this.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
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I started reading this book on my notebook and switched to my Kindle when it arrived and so this has the distinction of being my first Kindle 3G read. There were occasions, however, when I nearly gave up on it, but my curiosity over where the plot was going kept me going.

It is not a sophisticated read, a little clumsy and in need of a good editing. I also felt that, perhaps it is for younger readers, although that might be doing a disservice to younger readers (I'm too old to comment). Certainly the protagonist seems to act and get treated like a teenager and that seems to be the narrative viewpoint. My biggest problem with the book is that the author has a tendency to dwell on overly detailed explanations that add little to the story and interrupt the pace. It is almost as if all of the research the author has done for the book **has** to find its way onto the page. Because of this I occasionally found myself skim reading parts. I don't want to give the plot away, because there are good twists and ideas in here, sufficient to keep me reading, but there is one scene where the main character is in a life or death situation and rather than develop that and build some tension, I thought it wandered off into some distracting explanation or another.

I think you have to read to the end to understand what the author was doing with some of the earlier chapters, particularly the future-history lessons, which initially seemed a little over the top - and overly juvenile in their explanations (although you will understand at the end). I'm not sure but, these might have been less distracting, if some of the other 'over-explanations' and 'analysis', were cut back.

In summary, I found it a little frustrating, but do not regret taking the time to finish it, even if I did have to skim read some of the (in my opinion) unnecessary techno-detail.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 5 Oct. 2010
By Bilbob
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The premise of this book is nothing new, but it's to the author's skill in setting the scene in quite a convincing way that I didn't see the twist in the plot coming. Unfortunately, he lets himself down by including rather lengthy explanations of the supposedly out of this world tech, which slows everything down. By the end, I was just skimming the pages as he'd really lost my interest.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid SF read 14 Dec. 2011
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When I downloaded this novel I wasn't expecting much, just something to keep me amused during my daily commute. What I got was a yarn that engaged me from the beginning simply because the author's style was so easy to get on with. This is no ground breaking story and the plot devises and eventual twist have been done many times before, but it works. Mainly because of the main character's musings on scientific method and the environment in which he is in. Having read a lot of SF I am well used to a story that goes back and fore between what is happening now and what happened in the past but somehow this doesn't work in Containment. I had to ask myself if now is really now or are the events I'm reading were in the recent past. There are also a couple of places where something is said to be true when, given the timeline, could not be. Maybe if I re-read it I would resolve these queries but this is not a book where you would do that. However, this is a really good, solid SF read and I would recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world? 11 May 2011
By Parkone
Format:Kindle Edition
For 49p it was not a bad read. Though there was a bit too much technical explanation for me and I found the ending a bit of an anticlimax and unfulfilling. I also found it a bit difficult to follow as part of the story was after the accident and part was before and it was a bit confusing, at least to me, to know whether we in the present or past.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look 12 Sept. 2011
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I stumbled across this whilst looking for something new in the sci-fi genre. There are some great ideas in the book and it's nicely paced and structured. I was a bit disappointed that it ended so abruptly but I guess there's the possibility for a sequel. Can't complain at 49 pence. Fantastic value for money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Science Fiction Novel 18 Feb. 2012
By Killie
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"Containment" by Christian Cantrell was a book I picked up without knowing anything about it beyond it being Science Fiction. I basically won a competition that enabled me to pick any book under a certain price from Amazon and "Containment" was the highest ranked Science Fiction e-book available at the time for that price.

The story is set in the future on a colony set up on Venus by the Global Space Agency (GSA) after humanity had almost devastated Earth. Arik is a member of the first group of children born on the colony who are collectively known as Gen V. The birth of these children however has taken the population to 1100 which is the maximum limit the colony can safely support. Arik, as one of the smartest of his generation is tasked with helping solve this issue and increasing the ability of the colony to sustain future generations. The pressure on Arik to solve the conundrum however is increased he discovers that his wife is pregnant with a child that the colony would currently be unable to sustain.

Considering that I picked up this book due to the luck of the current sales rankings; I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Cantrell has created a vivid and interesting picture of how a colony on another planet could function. He also combines the elements of science, plot and Arik's characterisation really well to ensure the reader is fully engaged in the overall plight of the colony. However, whilst all of this helped keep the reader engaged, I felt the characters beyond Arik were all a little bit flat and this let the novel down as it didn't really allow me to form any attachment. I particularly found that Arik's wife was almost a non entity even though it appeared that most of what he was doing was for her and their child.
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Published 6 days ago by R
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot.
Great storyline and much more than I expected from a free book. Only slight criticism is that I wasn't always sure where I was due to the non-linear storytelling.
Published 10 days ago by jbomb1921
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the concept of life on another planet and the ...
Loved the concept of life on another planet and the opportunities, and frustrations that this may lead to. I did not see the ending coming, but maybe that says more about me. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book very much
I liked this book very much. It had me captured until the end, and I was positively surprised at the plot. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read.
A good book with a slightly sad ending.
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1.0 out of 5 stars hard 2 understand, read...
This book after 15 pages had not got my attention. The plot was hard to follow and the book began with no introduction to plots and people. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Should have been a good book but the poor writing and stupid...
The writing is poor. The story is boring. The author tries to explain what is the bleeding obvious and not what isn't. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Struggling to care.
Struggling to get into this. I find some chapters go by quickly and others drag along. I'm wondering if such detail about the scientific aspects of the story are relevant. Read more
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