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4.0 out of 5 stars A 4-life sentence, September 30, 2011
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This review is from: If By Reason of Strength (A Techno-thriller) (Kindle Edition)
Norman Gilmore was one of the first humans on Mars and he's the oldest man alive. Being almost 314 years old, Norman has past 280 years in prison convicted for murder (doing a 4-lives time); so when he's a freeman again, he feels the urge to go back to Mars to look for an answer he needs in order to die in peace. In the long way to the formerly red planet, Norman will also vindicate with himself and will make Dev (a new friend) understand that "without meaning, without something to strive for, a body is just another form of prison. It's not about having the time-it's abut making the best of the time you have."

Norman's story is not just a reflexion about life and its meaning, it's also a way to question the future and consequences of people's actions. What are the odds of finding a new "life form" which can give us many good things, and simply destroying it?

Jamie Todd Rubin's narrative keeps the reader interested in the story because of his great way to manage time and setting. The narrator tells just the amount of information he wants so the thriller sense is maintained during the whole story. The use of intertextuality is also a wise move in the text, so you can find references to Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, the Bible and Bradbury that enriches the reading.
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