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Child of the Hive Kindle Edition
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Although I wouldn't generally look in the SciFi genre having erroneously imagined that this only covered Space and Aliens I'm very glad I took this up. The technology although futuristic is perfectly believable, the author obviously knows her stuff.
Well written and yet an 'easy' read at the same time, not a combination that is always achieved. For this reason I also think it might appeal to youngsters/teens who have outgrown children's books but are only just getting into longer adult novels.
What starts off as an apparent clear division of good versus evil eventually breaks down into a world where the divisions are somewhat blurred. Sound familiar? As the story unfolds, you find yourself questioning the morals of the good guys in their quest to eliminate the opposition and whether the bad guys are truly bad or simply trying to survive in their own world. The ending comes as a surprise and ties up various plot strands neatly although with a tinge of sadness. There's even a clear window of opportunity for a sequel.
The book is appropriate for teenagers as well as adults. In fact, teenagers may identify more readily with the main protagonists. But the characters are well drawn and believable, and you come to empathize with them as the story develops. Highly recommended!
The characters are well rounded. You come to know them and care about them. The plot is fast paced and the book comes with a number of twists - or 'huh!?' moments - that compel you to read on. The writing style is clear and flowing, and the author has a good turn of phrase. A number of very interesting ideas are explored through Child of the Hive in a convincing way, including moral philosophy, how consciousness is understood and how we interact with technology. The book is believable in its vision of a near future Britain and does a good job of combining the everyday and familiar aspects of life with the seemingly (potentially) soon to be realised technologies.
The author is clearly talented and has a lot of potential. I look forward to her next work. Clearly one to watch!
This book would make a great present for Christmas!
Set in a future but recongisable Britain it mixes the familair and unfamiliar in a way that allows you to identify many things but still find it intriguing. The characters were well developed and explored, but the twists and changes kept me on my toes, nothing was as clear as originally believed, and this shows the literary talent of Jessica Meats to keep the reader guessing.
The concept was original and well thought out and shows an active imagination. I certanly will look out for more from this author and hopes she writes more soon. Not only does she display excellent narrative and story-telling skills but she clearly knows her maths and computers to be able to bring them so coherently into the story.
I must admit admitting a small cheer when a reference to Ozymandias appeared - there is something for everyone, even historians.
This novel has all a good novel needs, fast paced, interesting, action, entralling, clever (but not confusing), good characters, excellent plot and all brougth together into a thoroughly enjoyable read.
On a recommendation from a friend, I read a newly published science fiction novel `Child of the Hive' by Jessica Meats.
The book is set in the near future and centred around a group of intelligent young people.
I found the book exciting and the characters intriguing. It is an interesting mix of physical chase and cerebral action both in a real and a computer generated virtual world. It's difficult to fathom who are the `good and bad guys' and has an unexpected ending. Even if you don't usually read science fiction-try this one!
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