Aphrodite's Dawn, an excellent read. It finished all too soon and I was left wanting more. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing.
I really enjoyed the story and the characters which is the good part, but its summed up and ended all too soon for me. Maybe another chapter or so would have been better than the summary epilogue.
Based in the future a boy (Garret) hears a voice and seeks advice of what to do. Before long He and his friend (Pitr) are on their way to who knows where. The voice turns out to be a main computer system which needs human assistance. The tail has good guys, bad guys, bad guys who look to be good guys, and good guys who look to be bad. I needed to know who certain people were and why they did what the did. I also had to re-read a few parts to understand them, but that is normal for me. A good mix of humour and of what happens next. I real page turner to the end. Most certainly recommend this to anyone.
This is the first Sci-Fi book I have ever read and I enjoyed it from the start. The action kicks off right away with convincing characters and the alternative environment is brought to life as the story unfolds, without lengthy description or explanation. The hero, Garret, is admirable and engaging throughout, and there are well portrayed elements of strained loyalty and peer rivalry with his mate when a fit girl joins the troupe. I would recommend this book to anyone of any age.
I haven't read any SF for decades. There was a time when I read as many books in the genre as possible, often up to six books a week. Then I got older and discovered the gory joys of horror novels. Recently, a friend recommended this book by a new author and I decided to give it a go. I was delighted, the narrative gripped me from the first page, always a good sign. The writing, characters and settings are excellent and the story keeps up the tension throughout. A thoroughly good SF tale that is enjoyable from start to finish. I may not go back to reading SF, but I will keep reading work by R.B. Harkess...
Review of Aphrodite's Dawn by R. B. Harkness 5 stars Garrett lives Inside, in a community called "Aphrodite." Imagine, if you will, something like a factory building that stands six stories high, with decaying machinery, and five hundred individuals contained inside the building. There are no windows, there are no exit doors; why should there be, when there is no "Outside"? Outside is a myth, or a children's tale, like monsters under the bed. There is just Aphrodite: one stamped cake per person per meal, and Duty: the Duty to maintain Aphrodite, to continue the machines which recycle and manufacture, on into infinity.
Garrett has just finished school, and is waiting (not impatiently) for "induction," when he will take his first real job. As son of the Chief Foreman, he will be expected to start "at the bottom" with the big tanks. Capability doesn't matter; interests aren't important. Just Duty. All is Duty.
But Garrett is not everyone: he has a voice in his head; and no, he isn't schizophrenic. What he is, is an Emissary, predicted by the Stories which comprise the compound's oral history. He has a mission, and only the voice in his head to guide him-if he is brave enough (or foolish enough) to begin.
"Aphrodite's Dawn" is intriguing, compelling, and suspenseful. Even as I was cringing over the symptoms of this truly dystopian society, I was enjoying the characters, the situations, and the backstory. Garrett is a rock-solid protagonist, and his "sidekick," Pitr, is adorable and such a sturdy friend.
I reviewed an e-book copy provided by the author in return for my fair and impartial review, via the Goodreads Group Making Connections YA Edition.
Aphrodite's Dawn by R B Harkess is a YA novel set in a dystopian future. The novel opens in a contained area a food processing plant and focuses on Garret's story. His life and the predicted route his life will take following his Father's steps into the plant and one day managing it. But this isn't what Garret wants, he wants to be a historyun but even his own ambition is not the path he will take because Garret hears a voice.
Listening to the voice is the catalyst that sends him on a journey which takes him beyond the only world he has ever known to find out what the voice wants. Garret is joined on his journey by Pitr his best friend and their relationship is well represented because it is not without it's own stresses. I found myself getting annoyed with both characters at certain points because they were both pig headed and needed to listen to each other but it was more realistic because they had this tension between them.
Some of the concepts have been seen before, it reminded me a little of the Hunger Games in that respect and it's a quest story in the traditional sense but Harkess has still made these ideas his own and has been inventive with the world that he has created. The pacing is good I found the ending very abrupt, I found myself wanting more detail on what happened next rather than the short epilogue which didn't quite satisfy. That said it's only a minor point of criticism and doesn't detract at all from the rest of the novel. I would definitely recommend this book to others as it is a quick and exciting read.