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A worthwhile leap for non Sci-Fi readers and a reward for those who love the genre
on 18 October 2013
The Advent of the Kindle introduced me to Science fiction, a genre that previously I had no taste for , and yet I now keep discovering these hidden gems on the kindle bookshelf and return repeatedly for more. This is undoubtedly one of those gems.
The idea that this is what the world will look like in the not too distant future is quite sobering, and yet the characters are as human as we are today. The sense of humour, a sense of ambition, and the essence of politics become ageless in this novel, where I became acutely aware that not only will human nature not change in the future, but little has probably changed since the past. The idea that newspaper articles will still exist in a few hundred years time, provided a familiar connection between the world we live in and the world our future generations will live in.
Chapman has expertly taken what we know and are familiar with into the future and constructed a story with believable characters and a believable future view. While this is essentially a sci-fi story it blends well with the humor, suspense and historic type narrative that appeals to a larger base of readers. I would recommend this read even to those who shy away from stories that delve into the future. Its definitely a worthwhile leap for newbies to this type of writing and reward to the die hards.