- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse (September 13, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491707763
- ISBN-13: 978-1491707760
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,082,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"What this novel does is drive home the difference between science and humanity. Although there are experiments and discoveries that science can bring about, it is the power of love and the ability to love that is far more important. Quill says: This story is moving and kind, and with an good mix of suspense and science fiction that will keep all readers enthralled." - Amy Lignor, Feathered Quill
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While I may not be part of the target audience for this type of sci-fi/existential work (given that I don't read many works in the genre), I can say what I truly loved about the book: it is kind and gentle. These qualities gives this book a universal appeal.
The idea of parallel universes is intriguing--who hasn't wondered about what each one of us is doing in an alternate universe?! There is hopefulness in this novel...who knows, when something doesn't work out in this universe, perhaps it does in an alternate one.
There is true comradeship and love demonstrated in this book. Ray Melnik clearly loves his characters (well, except for one guy...well, you'll see).
It's been three to four years since I read the other novels, so when I started "Eyes in this World," it took me a little while to remember all the characters, but after a few pages, I was hooked again. And who wouldn't be when you have characters and situations like Kyle, a scientist who has opened a rift into a parallel universe where he can speak to another Kyle, who is really himself, but whose life is slightly different? These two Kyles have communicated over the course of many years. Parallel Kyle, unlike earthly Kyle, married the woman he loved, and he inspired earthly Kyle to go after the same woman and marry her as well. Also in this parallel universe, world events are slightly different--Al Gore rather than George W. Bush became president, and while 9/11 occurred, it only led to the invasion of Afghanistan and not Iraq. Also fascinating is that despite differences, ultimately, the parallel worlds tend to converge back together so that events and people are fairly similar. This fact will play an important role in the events that lead to the book's stunning conclusion.
In addition to Kyle, there are other characters like Rael, who has lost his memory, a situation that a parallel universe might be able to remedy, and Alex, who left earth twelve years ago to travel through a wormhole to what he believed was another planet, only to find himself on earth, but twelve years in the future. And then there's Adam, which is more human than computer program--not the first time this idea has appeared in fiction, but Adam is certainly one of the more likeable and believable of his kind. Kaela is also back from the earlier books, and Eyes in this World is told alternately from her and Kyle's perspectives.
The science fiction aspects of this book are fascinating to me because they supersede stories of people flying around in spaceships in other galaxies. Instead, they are real people with real problems who might be my own friends or family members. For this reason, I think Ray Melnik really pushes against the boundaries of the science fiction genre to create realistic, dramatic, and emotional stories. One reason why I don't read a lot of science fiction is because it sort of creeps me out to think there might be aliens out there who might harm us, and while I enjoy speculating about the possibilities in the vast universe, it can also be overwhelming to think about it too much.
Melnik gets that science and the universe can be overwhelming. He tries to make sense of much of it, but he also writes from the premise that it is ultimately more than a human can understand. In fact, in the book's introduction, Melnik quotes Carl Sagan to sum up what is really this book's theme, "For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love." Love pervades all of Melnik's stories. It is only in human relationships that we can really hope to find meaning, and as a result, at the heart of each of these novels, Melnik has revealed truths about love and human relationships that will bring realizations about life to readers and may even move them to tears. In the end, Melnik shows how the power of the heart is what can make a difference to our lives amid all that we cannot understand.
If you love science fiction, you're in for a treat with "Eyes in This World," and if you have avoided science fiction in the past because it felt too unrealistic, you've now found the right author to read. Begin with the first book and read all four of them, and instead of being overwhelmed, you will have a new appreciation for science and the universe it explores.
Melnik has created a fascinating universe, beginning with his 2007 novel, To Your Own Self Be True, and his 2010 follow up novella, Burnished Bridge. Eyes is an excellent sequel to these previous works, allowing his fans to revisit some familiar characters whom Melnik capably draws to life and truly makes his readers care about.
In Eyes, Melnik has enriched and expanded his universe set in the year 2021. Familiar characters like Kaela, Alex, and Adam (the coolest AI EVER!) are drawn to even more real life than in his previous works. It is clear that Melnik has spent his time fleshing out his characters since his last novel, and we the reader get to benefit from that greatly.
While Eyes remains an ensemble cast, the main character this time is Kyle Trace, a dedicated Sci-Lab scientist who discovers an alternate reality universe-bending technology called Stasis. We are introduced to Kyle as he enters the lab to fire up the room-sized mechanism that creates Stasis:
I heard two low sounds winding up in pitch as the guidance and acceleration fields attempted to synchronize. When it reached optimum levels the second time, it burst into the large dark hole encased in the photoelectric shell. This time it settled into a sustained regenerative loop and power consumption dropped to zero. It was absolutely beautiful. As I approached to take a closer look, the dark hole gave way to what for a moment seemed to be a reflection of the lab and me. But I shuddered when I realized that it wasn't a reflection at all; my counterpart and I wore different clothes. When I moved, he remained still.
Imagine, meeting your alternate self once every few years in a parallel universe where the world is basically the same but with some differences, such as their 9/11 not involving Iraq - imagine that!
Both Kyles become good friends, and discover that, despite the small differences in their worlds, they tend toward convergence - which can be good or bad, depending on the circumstance. Kyle benefits greatly from it - having started out as a loner, he goes back to find the one-that-got-away, after discovering that the alternate Kyle had already been happily married to her for years and even have a son named Max. Now Kyle has so much more than science to live for - and so much to lose now.
Let's not forget Kaela, our protagonist in Self whose boyfriend Rael lost his memory due to an accident in the intervening years that has left him without any memories of his previous feelings for her? Seeing their alternate selves happily together without having experienced any such accident is heart-breakingly painful for Kaela, and any reader who has suffered unrequited love.
Emotional support is in high-demand. Thanks to the other well-known characters including Adam, the sensitive and funny AI who stole the show in Self, co-workers Elina, Carl, and even and Alex Dael (who looks not a day older than when he took a ride on Glint, a wormhole roller coaster of sorts, 12 years ago), Kyle is provided with the support he needs when he finds himself with a decision to make that will change both realities forever.
Don't let the cover of this book fool you - the background of Eyes may be one of a cool futuristic sci-fi, but at its heart as Melnik tells us from the beginning with his quote by Carl Sagan "For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love."
This novel is the third in a series, but it stand on its own as a great read. I can't wait to see what Melnik writes next!