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Explosive Decompression: a novel Paperback – September 1, 2016
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John L. Sheppard wrote the novels After the Jump, No Brass, No Ammo and Small Town Punk.
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busting novel, equal parts science fiction, satire, and Dickensian saga.
Two centuries after the “Great Collapse,” there are only half a billion
people on the planet. “[P]etrochemicals ran out, the banking system
went kaput, a series of super storms buffeted the planet, massive
earthquakes destroyed the Pacific Rim countries, the polar ice caps
melted and the great coastal cities of the world flooded, an asteroid hit
Moscow, India and Pakistan declared war on each other and launched
nuclear weapons higgledy-piggledy, and a massive solar flare destroyed
much of the technology remaining on the surface of the earth.” In the
two hundred years following the collapse, Canada has solidified its
position as the only remaining government by genetically modifying its
ruling class, “ensuring that only the best and the brightest” are in control
of the imperial-minded superpower. Sheppard renders this ripping yarn,
a sequel to his 2015 novel After the Jump, in headlong, zippy prose.
I discovered that this is a sequel about halfway through, and I was paralyzed by OCD and indecision- do I put it down and read After The Jump first? Do I pop a Xanax and try to cope? I chose the latter, and enjoyed the book immensely.
My only criticism applies to the kindle version- the formatting could use some work.
This novel takes readers into the mind of Audrey Novak. She is the eternal narrator in her bid to salvage the world-changing innovation that she once helped build. I don't write spoilers - but OMG, this book is so intense!!! I find it hard to put this book down - but still found it necessary at times.
Sheppard writes this as a sequel to his 2015 novel After the Jump. Although it is not necessary to read After the Jump before Explosive Decompression - it does help you understand what happened before this book started.
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
The story takes place two centuries after the “Great Collapse” and Canada is now a world power. The ruling class of people has been genetically modified so that only the very best rule after a near collapse of the economy caused by storms and nuclear wars. Audrey 3.0 (the third version) is now an AI and is the narrator of the story. She’s fun, slightly snarky and has lots of attitude but in a way that makes you like her immediately. The world hasn’t turned out the way she planned, and she wants to save it from itself before it’s too late.
I absolutely loved reading Explosive Decompression. The story line was fascinating, and I liked Audrey instantly. I haven’t read After the Jump yet, but loved this book so much that I plan on reading that one next. If you’re a fan of Isaac Asimov, dystopian novels or artificial intelligence, you’ll want to read this one.