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James Cardona has written seven books and isplanning on writing many, many more. For his fiction, James tries tomake his words come alive by pouring his real-life experiences into hischaracters such that many of the details described in his books actually happened and are told from the perspective of someone who was there.He also enjoys integrating a hard science approach to his sciencefiction, feeling that all aspects of his story telling, although perhaps not currently possible, could actually happen once our technologyevolves.
James enjoys all things that can unleash the creative processincluding drawing, painting and creative writing and the not-so-typicalsuch as robot design and writing computer code. He loves tinkering with computers, electronics and building robots and is the Lead Engineer for FIRST Robotics Team 316, a High School Robotics team operating out ofSalem Community College.
Additionally James helps organize and run the PSEG Nuclear Salem County Math Showcase which he created back in the year 2000, a mathcompetition for students from grades four through eight, typicallyattended each year by approximately 500-600 students.
James received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science fromthe University of Delaware with a minor in Religious Studies. He livesin Southern New Jersey and works as a Senior Test Engineer for theLaboratory and Testing Services group of the Public Service Electric and Gas Company.
The author provided a copy of this book to me in exchange for an honest review.
So, overall I have to say that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed 'Gabriella and Dr. Duggan’s Secret Dimensional Transport Machine'. Black Spot felt to me that it was somewhat without a specific plot. To be honest, when I finished the book I wasn’t sure what the clear message was in the book until I read the discussion questions at the back of the book. It was more clear then that Black Spot was intended as a story about Gabriella finding/coming to terms with who she really was, but I was still fairly confused about some of the details of the story. I honestly thought the book was more a battle of good versus evil and Gabriella’s personal battle/choice as to whether she was going to be ‘good’ or ‘evil’ based on the influences of Kyle/black spot and the Void man. As well, I was confused about the purpose of the actual black spot and how it came to be. It was just suddenly there, but no clear explanation of where it came from other than Gabriella’s hunch that it must have come from Kyle strangling her while in the machine. I am still confused as well about what the interaction with other people with black spots has to do with her feelings of understanding who she is… are all of those people also trying to answer the question of ‘who am I’? I think if the black spot was explained better it would lend itself better to the story to help explain her feeling of lack of identity… what I mean by this is that maybe her feelings about herself and who she ‘is’ becomes more clouded and affects her decision making… because she is unsure of who she is. And not just in the literal sense of she doesn’t know who her real biological father is or if she’s genetically modified, etc, but more of an insecurity of answering the question of ‘who am I’ somewhere along the lines of ‘what’s the meaning of life’? Because I have to say that although the book is supposed to be the story of how she is discovering herself, etc her actions didn’t appear to be the actions of someone that was so insecure/confused about their identity. She seemed very determined actually and I personally don’t feel like someone who appears to be so determined (ie her Ultraball successes in this book, or hopping a flight to get her Dad’s diary, etc) would be that confused about who she is. I would almost have preferred to see her flounder more with regard to what she should do in the situations where she knew exactly what she was going to do in the book. I think that would have helped to portray her better as someone who was unsure of who they were… For me, I feel like there are still just as many questions left unanswered in this book as the first book – mostly around the black spot and what that has to do with the story… These are just my personal feelings, of course.
I've been really looking forward to the second book in the NuGen series, but this one exceeded my expectations!
The author clearly put a lot of time and research into a science fiction series about genetics, also touching on physics - that explained things, making them easy to understand, but did not read like a text book.
As Gabriella navigates a life that quickly seems to be spinning out of control, she learns a lot about her life, her past, her future, her dad, and, most importantly, herself. The story flows well, the characters are well developed, the science is fascinating.
I was hooked from beginning to end, and I know you will be too!