Our Future Good takes place in the not-too-distant future. This is an adventure story that also tells you where our technology is headed and what new challenges we will soon be forced to face.
Mary and Joe are young people just graduating from their General Lessons. It is time for them to go to their first Project Day and choose the first Project they will to join. Mary wants desperately to get her boyfriend, Joe, to join her in the NutriSuit Project, but Joe wants just as desperately to do a Journalist Project because a major event is happening and Joe has an opportunity to play an important role.
A space colony called L5Pilgrim is trying to break away from the established ISS (International Space Station) and form their own weightless community. There is a fierce objection by the international community. People in power at ISS are meeting to approve an invasion of the station so they can return it to normal. However, some of the leaders at ISS who are against the colony have their own devious desires for the rebellious space station.
Both Joe and Mary eventually accept the challenge of getting into the rebel community to report on what is happening in an effort to see if they can help end the conflict peacefully, since the invasion is imminent.
This is a story of their adventure and what eventually happens. Throughout the story, a picture is painted of our life on Earth and in space in the not-too-distant future. How homes are designed, how robots evolve, life in space, and lots of other things are described. Also described are the unavoidable major new challenges we will have created with our advancing technology.
What happens in this exciting story and what finally results will surprise you.
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50s Style YA science fiction story
First, I was given this audiobook for free for an honest review. This is a short novella with young protagonists. I did not enjoy Simon Vance's narration at all. He made the female characters sound like little children, which irritated me to no end. Someone has already mentioned that the novel has a dated feel to it and Vance's narration sounded like a grandfather telling a story to his grandkids. The character's names, Mary, Joe, Larry, Amy and the use of dated terms such as "bots" will not strike a cord with the current generation of young readers.
I felt too much of the novel was "described" rather than flowing from the action. The old writing adage "show, don't tell" is a technique often employed to enable the reader to experience the story through action, words, thoughts, senses, and feelings rather than through the author's exposition and description. Kirby needs to work on his writing style and do much more "showing" than "telling". The world building was interesting.
Now I’m expecting great things from T.J Kirby
- AudioBook Reviewer