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This book came to my attention through the narrator’s Facebook page, R.C. Bray. Needless to say, I had to listen to it for the sheer fact that he was selected as the book’s narrator.
This book left me with several moments of questioning my own reality, reflecting on my own thoughts surrounding the very nature of our existence, and wondering about how we define our own reality. What started out as a space-based post-apocalyptic story quickly delved into areas that have fascinated me for quite some time, immortality and simulation theory. Mr. Robinson wrote a book that dragged me in and kept me hooked throughout the duration of the story.
I was immediately drawn to Will and his plights as he struggled with what to do given his new-found situation. I mean, what does a person do when they find out they are unable to die through traditional means? We quickly watched Will develop throughout the story, along with GAL, as Doubty McKnowitall/FB was thrust into some very unique situations.
I will say that I had the ending figured out about an hour prior to it arriving, but that still did not detract from any of the story/encounters. The plot was very well developed and the characters were relatable. I even found myself emotional at various points such as when the situation with Will’s brother (Steven) came up along with Will’s revelation later in the story.
The real impact of the story hit me around chapter 35 and highlights the nature of the title for my review. Again, the primary theory discussed in this book is one that has fascinated me all of my life.
R.C. Bray, per the norm, did a wonderful job with the narration. I could not imagine a better selection for this story.
This is an easy 5/5 book and one I am trying to get my wife to listen to. Give this one a listen, you will not be disappointed.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
I just listened to this book in one sitting. As I finish it feels like I’m coming out of a trance back to reality. This book had me completely engrossed from start to finish, which is pretty rare for me these days. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction, horror, and thrillers and the books description details. I did find it to be predictable at times but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
I was genuinely quite excited to read this as the opening premise of a disaster befalling a generation ship leaving a sole survivor sounds really interesting. Boy was I disappointed.
The first bad sign is that the back-story doesn't make any logical sense, and as more is revealed the less sense it makes. Then the author takes you through a plot with several large 'twists' but these are executed clumsily with no foreshadowing or dramatic buildup, so while they are a surprise they also lack any impact. The fact that these twists are often completely unbelievable doesn't help.
The main character is ok, he feels like a cross between the protagonists of Ready Player One and We are Legion (We are Bob), but he does do some pretty inexplicable things that aren't well explained and there is some really ham-fisted character building later on.
As science-fiction it's pretty terrible. I can live with magical technology but the universe is not internally consistent the and the author has a tendency to just invent and introduce some new piece of magic just when he needs it so it's full of 'deus ex machina'.
Overall the book feels like a low-budget Hollywood action film. There isn't any substance here and even the action manages to be dull.
R. C. Bray is great as always.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Starts well but some parts of the story totally unbelievable. Interesting in parts but hard to get by bad science parts
Mr Robinson has an amazing ability to draw me into the worlds he creates .
And the cool thing is that I can see the twist coming but somehow he convinced me that I am imagining it!! So he still manages to surprise me .
Great book -well worth downloading.
PS . RC Bray is my favourite narrator on Audible
He breathes life into everything he narrates -fantastic work