- File Size: 2013 KB
- Print Length: 119 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075GX13RS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,205,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Generational: A starship adventure Kindle Edition
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The understanding and personal growth of the protagonist appears through the unfolding of events. And when the protagonist is a naïve young man, engaged in demographic research, the author has cleverly set the stage for the unexpected and strange. In no way does the book achieve the bizarre tone of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, but there is a slight and very attractive structural similarity.
Completely unaware of the social and political depths he has stepped into, the young scholar from Earth tries to make sense of the people he meets. But the author does not make it easy for the reader. He only hints that all may not be well among the waiting colonists.
He develops the storyline through suggestion and inference. He cleverly controls the full revelation of the purpose of the starship so that when the climax arrives, it has all the highly satisfactory force of a classic dénouement.
Turrell writes accomplished prose, and he delivers fully-rounded and authentic characters, each carrying some single point of reference to human behaviour. Because of the smaller scale of the novella, motives are largely unexplored, but events are fascinating and the author’s fast, smooth style engages the reader’s attention throughout. Perhaps there is a slight incidence of over-writing, although it does not seriously reduce the impact of the text.
Despite its comparatively small scale, this is a book of substance. Within a strong, futuristic setting, Turrell has created a disturbing possible world. The narrative holds a clear message, and if in the end the main character raises questions for the reader, this is what a good speculative fiction story should do.