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Flash Back (The Fountain #1) Paperback – June 5, 2017
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What readers are saying about Flash Back:
"Absolutely stunning speculative/sci-fi book!" ★★★★★
"Sci-fi that reads and feels a lot like literary fiction." ★★★★★
"It's rare (if ever!) that I can say a book changed my life - this one did." ★★★★★
"Ellison Blackburn writes with incisiveness, deeply informed by the sensibilities of a poet." --Owen O'Neill, author
"Blackburn's novel delivers the pleasures of a well-drawn near future, with an uncommonly authentic and credible science-fiction backdrop, but what makes this novel so unexpectedly refreshing as genre fiction is how deeply and decisively character-driven it is." --Roger Margolis, author and screenwriter.
About the Author
Ellison Blackburn is the author of several science fiction novels. As Ellis Blackburn, she writes time-travel mysteries set in Victorian-era Chicago. Unlike other writers who knew what they wanted to be when they grew up, Ellis came into her creative own only a few years ago. And despite earning degrees in Biology and English Literature, for many years, she traveled a career path unrelated to either field of study. It was not until she authored her first Sci-Fi book did her education and work backgrounds mingle sensibly. In addition to storytelling, Ellison enjoys painting, traveling, watching documentaries and movies, as well as reading novels and tales of mystery and suspense. Learn more at EllisonBlackburn.com or join her Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/Matter.of.Time/. Also, follow her on: Facebook: Facebook.com/ellisonblackburn Amazon: Amazon.com/author/ellisonblackburn/ BookBub: BookBub.com/authors/ellison-blackburn
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The concept of gene/cell therapy is not unusual in sci-fi, but what sets "Flash Back" apart is its focus on the inner lives of the characters rather than the accoutrements of the future. Things in 2026 are pretty much the same as they are in 2016, other than slightly more advanced medicine and communication possibilities. People, however, are pretty much the same, and Charley's struggles will probably ring a bell with most readers. She's always wanted to be unique and different and have exciting adventures, but it turns out that being unique is hard and exciting adventures are not that much fun when they're actually happening--her recurring dreams of a memory of hiking in the Alps and discovering that it's mostly about sweating and sore muscles, not glorious uplifting epiphanies, is a wonderful insight into her character and the characters of so, so many people. This is not an adventure novel in the classic sense, and the actual sci-fi aspect is understated: the main focus is always on Charley's journey and experiences, and as a detailed and in-depth character study it is well worth reading.
Set in the very near future, I do admit to raising an eyebrow at some of the author's predictions. I can accept that in ten years we might have the technology to regenerate ourselves on a cellular level and cybernetic implants are already in use as treatment for medical conditions,but I am not quite convinced that we as a nation will end poverty within the next century, let alone the next decade.
Charley was a fascinating character. On many levels, I related to her thoughts and concerns about growing complacent with life as middle age sets in and I've often had the same worries about making memories vs simply existing. I have to wonder which path I would choose if the option of regeneration was open to me. Honestly, I'd likely go for the cybernetics, and I think that's what I loved most about this story: it made me think.
I read often and I read almost exclusively for pleasure. While there are many intelligent sci-fi and fantasy books that have given me reason to pause and consider my worldviews, few have given me the same level of introspection as this tale. In a way, the ending (which I will not spoil) is brilliant in the manner in which it addresses the reader. Highly recommended to readers of any genre.
The world of the book felt like a believable future, with being mostly similar but with some sci-fi esque aspects. We don't get that much of a look at it because of the narrator, though. Which is okay, but I wish there was more detail.
The plot, or well, personal journey of Charley felt a little slow and tiresome at points, but her character is very wishy washy, so that makes sense in context. I was frustrated by her and happy for her at various moments in the novel.
I do not feel entirely satisfied by the ending, but once again that has to do with the personal nature of the story. Charley changed in subtle ways, rather than more epic ones.
Overall, it is a very interesting read and was insightful to how and why we make choices.
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