- File Size: 1205 KB
- Print Length: 305 pages
- Publisher: LL-Publications (July 30, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 30, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008RADGYC
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Back to ARIA. I found some of the characters were a little too cold, shallow and one-dimensional. But then, I had to remember that many of these characters were scientists, after all. The premise that one suitcase with alien objects could cause such havoc and have been brought to earth by naive astronauts is still a little hard to believe since “naive astronauts” is probably an oxymoron.
After reading a few chapters, I decided to add a little ambiance for my ARIA experience. I fixed some refreshments and suddenly found the story took hold in my mind. Ryder started resembling Hugh Jackman in my head.
In a nutshell, this is a story about a suitcase that is recovered in the space station and brought to earth for examination. When the curious-looking suitcase with a holographic chevon symbol is opened, it appears to be harmless. However, after a few hours, it contaminates many with a virus coined ARIA meaning Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia.
All in all, it was an entertaining read but I wish the book had told us a lot more about the Zadokians. I found that reading this while consuming nachos, a couple of Coronas, and one shot of tequila really got me into the mood of this story. I recommend it for all who watch the stars in search of other forms of life. But always keep in mind the old adage, “be careful what you wish for.”
It's a haunting concept, and one beautifully explored in "Left Luggage." I often imagined myself in that situation while reading, I couldn't get the idea out of my head. Nelder does an excellent job of portraying a world overwhelmed by amnesia, yet also keeping things very personal. I found myself thinking of the classic story "Flowers For Algernon" several times while reading "Left Luggage."
When reading, look at how the aliens' treat the humans. It's very similar to the "trial and error" methods used by modern medicine, and the potential for disaster. It's a classic trope--scientists overstepping their bounds--but with a fresh take on it. Humans aren't the scientists, we're the test subjects.
This is more of a "thinker's" book than an "action" book, but that's what I liked about it. It asked a big question, and it gets the readers to muse on it while the story goes on. This story had a powerful grip on me, and not one I'll soon forget (unless someone opens an alien suitcase).
Nelder’s novel, ARIA: Left Luggage, is a true medical science fiction tale. The concept of an Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia possibly destroying mankind is unique. The story is told in such a way that you are rapidly turning the pages to know more. As more and more folks are infected and forget where they work the world plunges quickly into an apocalyptic state.
What do the aliens want? What is the purpose of the virus? How long before mankind is unable to recover from the shutdown of all services? To find the answers to those and many other questions, you will need to read the other books in the series.
4 out of 5 stars due to the lack of depth in the characters. Otherwise, it is a well edited, captivating tale.
I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
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