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Alone on the Edge: The Chronicles of Anna Foster (Volume 1) Paperback – March 2, 2012
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The style and voice of the novel kept me entertained, and the action was constant, pushing the story along and always making me guess. Enjoyable character, enjoyable read!!
Years alone on a space station, not as boring as it sounds. In fact this book was such a page turner that I literally could not put it down and read it in one sitting. Then I went out and bought the next two books which I finished just as quick.
If you want a great classic style sci-fi story this is the one for you. It has robots, space stations artificial intelligent computers and some pretty heavy sexual bits which were very well fitting.
You should also buy the other books in the series, ALONE IN PARADISE and ALONE IN THE CROWD. The second and third books were just as good as the first!
The author spun a fascinating tale of a young woman as the sole crew member of a deep space mining outpost for six long years, with only the central computer for company. Unlike some depictions of young women written from a male perspective, I found Mr. Stutzman's presentation of Anna to be spot on in most respects.
The author deftly delivered a compelling story, rounding out the character of Anna with only the computer and drones for interaction. Parts of the story reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey and I frankly admit to hearing HAL's dulcet tones while reading the computer's dialog. I kept waiting for him to say "What are you doing, Dave?"
With elements of psychological thriller, romance, and rollicking good adventure, ALONE ON THE EDGE was a riveting read. I look forward to the sequel ALONE IN PARADISE and you can bet I'll lose a night's sleep reading that one, too!
The real meat of this book is definitely the unusual relationship Anna fosters (no pun intended) with her computer companion. It's a fascinating journey, observing as the computer's programming evolves and adjusts to Anna, and how she in turn has her own perspective changed, coming to realize that their relationship goes beyond their simple repair and maintenance duties.
There's also plenty of twists, turns and surprises to keep the story moving along and the reader fully engrossed and engaged.