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This book, as the prior ones, is a real page turner and I look forward to the next installment. However, for me, the three most interesting topics concern the question of God, the universe and clones.
By presenting two versions of a God, one seeming good and the other clearly evil, the author challenges the reader to consider the existence of a “true” God and the weaknesses of both. Considering how many religions there are, and have been, the concept is very thought provoking.
In terms of the universe, I remember an answer someone gave me when I was a kid, to the question “is the universe finite or infinite”. The answer was “it is infinite, if you are on the inside looking out and finite, if you’re on the outside looking in.” In this book the characters are sent out on a mission to answer that question and, if finite, what is beyond the edge. Read the book to find out what they found.
The third interesting topic to me is the question of cloning. Today there are pros and cons to cloning although we do it in many ways. However, this book takes cloning to a whole new level where the individual’s memories and consciousness can be transmitted to the clone. This raises many ethical and moral questions as well as legal and practical ones. This book touches on some of that.
All in all a very satisfying and thought provoking read.
Lots of stuff going on here. Parrellel lives, clones, resurrection, competing God entities, and convoluted interpersonal relationships all compete for your attention. That said, Jasper Scott pulls it off very well. There are characters here that really evoke emotional reactions and they are wrapped around a well crafted story. We split our time with clones of many of the same characters, separated by eight years of life experience. Some may have a problem with two versions of the same characters, but I see them as different people and didn't suffer by any confusion.
So great concepts (God and the universe) aside, this is a well crafted story that was well worth my time. So if you wondering if you should continue looking into Jasper Scott's "Dark Universe", I say go for it!
Great mix of crazy far ahead technology sci-fi, action, family concerns all rolled up into one easy to read novel. If you read any of this writers' works, you'll know that he's not an unabashed doomsday or the hero will save us all type writer. That definitely works in this book with the characters, and threads interwoven thru the chapters.
I wasn't crazy about keeping track of the "parallel individuals" (you'll need to read the book), but other than that, couldn't put it down. None of the scenes were of an adult nature, so you don't need to worry about that if it bothers you.
Seemed to be fairly well edited - don't recall misspellings or grammatical errors.
One final word. I like longer books - help me get into the story so much better - so I was very thrilled to see this clocks in at over 500 pages.
The parallel lives using clones can be confusing if reading too fast.
I was hooked on book one of the series and supplemented my wait for the next in the series reading his other books.
Read and enjoy.