First Contact Science Fiction/Action and Adventure Fiction
Having read book 3 in this series (Divided States of America), I was open to read and review this fourth book when invited by the author.
The story is the continuation of a time-travelling group, involving another world in a distant galaxy and the interaction of the inhabitants there with a small number of Earth dwellers. But it is more than just a science fiction adventure, good as that element is in story terms. The author uses the medium to explore and analyse the politics of 21st century USA, concentrating on the many negative aspects of President Trump’s leadership in terms of Covid-19 and the ongoing racial issues.
Whilst the story contains certain technical solutions to some problems, it focuses on the way the US has become a deeply divided society during this period. There is much to admire here.
As is often the case with self-published books, there are editing issues, but I’ve come to expect these and tend to skip over them, even while reading as a writer. The problem is not restricted to self-published novels, but occurs across the board, including some works published by established big publishing houses, unfortunately.
The story, however, and the characters depicted, are enough to encourage the reader to carry on. There is insufficient science to put off those with no love for the genre, but enough to satisfy all but those scifi buffs who accept only the ‘hard’ stuff. A worthy read.
I wrote this review based on an advance reading copy the author sent me.
This book was clearly written before the recent election, and the author includes a lengthy, impassioned plea to American voters to go out there and place their votes to prevent Trump engaging in a second, even more destructive reign. Had I realised this when I first received the book, I would have read it more swiftly, so I could place this review before the event, since I agree with Aithal’s analysis of the current situation in the States. One can only hope some portion of the Republican camp will still be persuaded of the utter indifference of Trump to the welfare of the population and will change allegiance, though I suspect that prospect lies mostly in the realms of hope and dreams.
[Any review is a personal opinion. No reviewer can represent the view of anyone else. The best we can manage is an honest reaction to any given book.]