The A-Men Hardcover – 29 Mar 2010
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There are two major settings in this novel: outer space and Earth.
This novel is set in a point in time where humans are able to live in outer space. There are space stations big enough to hold cities of people, but only the wealthy were able to leave Earth and live in these new, desirable locations. Because all of these people left Earth to go live in space, there are numerous amounts of ghost towns/cities left behind.'
Also left behind were the people who could not afford to live in space. And, since the majority of politicians, military and lawmakers have left for space, the people left behind on Earth are left to their own devices ... which is never good. Gangs form, lawlessness abounds and territorial fights erupt. Now, we see the entering of the A-Men come to Earth to either restore order or destroy those that are beyond help.
The characters in this novel were extremely well thought out and depicted in this novel. The first five chapters introduced us to the five main characters of this novel. Each chapter (and subsequent chapters thereafter) were written in that main character's viewpoint ... which I rather enjoyed since each person sees the same situation in a different manner.
Overall, this was an action-packed, page-turning futuristic novel that is very easy to read and understand. I enjoyed getting to know the A-Men and cannot wait until I'm able to read the sequel, The A-Men Return.
The action is grimy, the standards and morals of those who started with any crumbling as the city does. And in the middle of this chaos, a web seems to be being spun, a virtual world needs saving even more than the real one.
It is well written, inherently interesting, with a good twist or two along the way. But it occassionally suffers from what I would term continuity errors as the action switches between narrators. And there are elements that are left dangling, for the sequels, perhaps, but perhaps not. The "spider" in Jack's head, for one - has he left clues to follow? And if so, why wipe his mind in the first place? Or is this something that simply can't be eliminated by wiping the memory?
Review of book 2 to follow!
A dystopian tale set in a distant-future Earth, where everything has been controlled for years by mega-corporations. They control everything: food, shelter, water, supplies, electricity, everything that people need to survive. But the mega-corps are leaving, along with the rich who can afford to live on the space stations that orbit Earth. Earth is plunged into darkness as the electricity and water and food supplies dwindle with no hope of ever returning to how things were. There are two main groups left on the planet: those who are hunted and those who are the hunters. Laws and rules go out the window and a peace-keeping force is sent, of whom Jack is one.
Jack is a man with no memory and as the book goes on, you discover that he wanted to wipe his own memory and you're left wondering why someone would so such a thing. Along with Jack, we have chapters from other characters, including Pure, one of the women left on Earth, Sister Midnight, a religious zealot and a solider alongside Jack.
I found the alternating chapters from different points of view annoying at times. You were just getting into what was happening and then the action switched to a different person or place. The whole book was also written mostly in the present tense, which is not my favourite so it took a while to get into.
Some of the science and technical jargon went way over my head, so I wasn't actually sure sometimes what I was reading about. All the talk about guns and weapons' statistics when we were in Jack's head bored me.
Where the author does excel is with the characterisation of each narrator. Every one of them has their own distinct voice, so even if you hadn't seen the chapter title (which are all the names of the characters narrating that particular part) you'd still know whose chapter it was.
The author has written an interesting, fast-paced tale with twists and turns, sometimes violent and bloody, sometimes confusing, but something you could imagine might really happen one day. Not the book for you if you find swearing offensive.
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