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Set in a recognisable-but-vastly-different place, this intriguing story of destiny, choice, action and repercussions is vast in its scope, wonderful in its characterisations, and completely involving.
A hard book to put down; this reader was pulled along by a fast paced-story that kept delivering elegant plot twists whilst challenging with some of the deep questions of life.
It's the Matrix without Neo. Actually no, scrap that, it's not. It's far less ponderous whilst handling philosophical issues of depth and delivers people we can believe in because we see their inner lives, and they look like us. No bullet-dodging superheroes here, but nuanced characters who are faced with the outcomes of their choices, whilst at the same time facing more and more choices.
It's a smart piece of work, it bodes very well for the future, and I look forward to the next book from Mr Samuels!
The book is a fantastically tense allegorical thriller. Filled with characters and situations that will at once make you root for Mr Machida but also make you look at the story and start to question your own conscience. The Rice Filter is as much a Sci Fi epic as it is a tale harshly based in our own reality. Filled with moments of hope, humour, sadness, guilt and most importantly forgiveness. A story about the Good and Bad in all of this, and how they have a hold on more than we can imagine.
The writing style conjured up images of paranoia and the bizarre as thought provoking and bewildering as those that leapt out of the meandering mind of Philip K. dick. And then these were combined with the alienation and psychological brutality that permeates Franz Kafka's work. Not to mention a little Orwellian inspired Big Brother theatrics.
Kenton Samuels has created a well rounded and believable world in which his characters strive to understand what is happening around them, how they effect the world and themselves and if indeed this will have any affect on their final Harvesting. After reading 'The Rice Filter', I cannot wait to read his next tale. All in all it was a very thought provoking novel, and really made me think about the characters and their situations more deeply, and made me wonder what would I do if I were in their shoes.
The Rice Filter opens with the worst moment of Nicholas Machida's life, when he makes a split-second decision which saves his life but costs him his chance of reaching Euchaea and being reunited with his family in the coming Harvest. He has just four days to find a way to do the impossible: cheat his Rice Grain into thinking he is someone else, someone who has not just committed a terrible crime. With the clock ticking and the threat of the Harvest Light looming ever closer on the horizon, Nicholas embarks on a roller-coaster ride through events that spin rapidly out of his control, sending him on a collision course with the Harvest Light and his fate in the Terror, the city of punishment.
Right from the very first page, the Rice Filter pulls the reader into a futuristic world of authoritarian control and perfect justice, questioning the reader's concept of right and wrong, moral and immoral behaviour. A novel that's impossible to put down, its questions on good and evil will stay with you long after you've read the last page.
We see Nicholas get himself into more trouble as he tries to manoeuvre his way out of trouble. The book is a page-turner (if only metaphorically) and it is impossible not to root for Nicholas, while wondering if he should be trying to cheat the system in this way. The Rice Filter asks questions about what it means to be good and how we would live if our every action was recorded. It creates a credible world and a believable central character. Download it if you like thought-provoking science fiction with sympathetic characterisation.