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Floyd 5.136: The MAC Series -- Book 1 (Volume 1) Paperback – April 14, 2015
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This is the First book written by S F Chapman but not his first published.
Mac series. Mac = Mildly Altered Clone.
Marie one of the main characters in this thought-provoking story about the cloning of humans, in this fast moving science fiction story, is the first new person to be cloned in thousands of years. All other cloning, had simply been reproducing the previous old version to a newer version with the original memories retained.
The life of the residents in this novel are changed due to part, by the cloning of Marie. There are many exciting twists and turns as the plot moves along to the eventual conclusion.
All the characters portrayed in this book are memorable; Chapman has the ability as an author to bring the characters to life.
A well thought out story, which I think would be a great read for all ages, and an interesting look into the possible future of the human race. I would certainly recommend the reading of this book and look forward to continuing the story in the next of the series.
This is the first book in an ongoing science-fiction series based in the far future. The world Floyd and his comrades inhabit is novel, interesting, and mysterious. The beginning was a little slow, but the characters soon came into their own and the story got rolling. And it was a good story, I dare say.
Now, the writing. First of all, this book needed an exhaustive editing, and for reasons I don't know, it didn't get one. Typos abounded. The text was absolutely rife with comma splices and other punctuation errors. Those things do happen, but the mistakes were frequent enough to be very, very distracting.
So, I guess what I want to say is this: Chapman's creativity shines through brilliantly. The settings are vivid and just the right amount of strange and other-worldly. Unfortunately, the gleam of this brave new world is majorly tarnished by the poorly-edited writing. I would still recommend the book, but anyone who wants to tackle it should just be aware that there are some road bumps.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, as sci-fi dystopia is not what I typically prefer, genre-wise. However, Floyd 5.136 is intriguing, a wonderfully fresh take on a prolific and difficult genre. The characters in this book are captivating and extremely well developed, much like the rest of the story, but how they are written is the true gem. The writing style is amazing. Vivid imagery and intriguing characters without any superfluous filler. Each word is chosen with precision and care to deliver the highest impact. The plot is captivating, the lives that these seven clones have been living over and over for thousands of years change suddenly when a completely new person is created. The different twists and turns that this causes keeps the reader enthralled, and will keep them coming back for more. This is most definitely a novel that readers of any age will greatly enjoy.
Floyd is an interesting read for several reasons. The environment the group lives in is completely artificial so it was entertaining to read the descriptions the author created. However, the story builds very slowly. The author does a good job of building back story for each of the characters and attempts to make their relationships three dimensional. The story feel flat for me because while it is building and building, it never really goes anywhere. I understand this is the first book in the series and that more will come, but I always look for some kind of a climax in the narrative. To me, this one missed the mark.