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Like some other reviewers have noted, I would have liked a little more character development, especially earlier details about the wounding of Sam Steele.
Mr. Donovan has set the stage for sequels which I would like to read. I also would like to see movies and/or mini-series based on The Gift. I would recommend the book to SciFi readers.
Science fiction is an acquired taste for some people, and it's not my favorite type of book to read most of the time, but I really enjoyed reading "The Gift" for many reasons. Not only was it a unique perspective that was refreshing to absorb, it was also one of those books that I sat down with, thinking I might read a couple chapters and then go do some work, come back read a few more, and go do some more work. Instead I ended up gobbling the whole thing up in one sitting (I did get up for a refill on my coffee). It was compelling to read, my curiosity was ignited and I had to know what was coming up next. While there were some terms that I was unfamiliar with at the start, I became comfortable with them through the reading because they were presented in a way that allowed me to understand their importance. By the time I was into the third chapter there was no going back, I was on a journey and enjoying it!
There were characters that made me want to know more about them, not just Sam and Web, but many of the other characters whose lives we only get a glimpse of. There were places that felt both familiar and forbidden that were included in the escapades of Sam and his team, while Web attempted to locate them. Two leaders who were once on the same team, were fighting in opposite directions... perhaps they always had. I can relate to that type of relationship between two people, can you?
We still don't know where the "gifts" come from, or if their help is safe to accept, but the curiosity has been aroused in this reader... maybe Donovan will let us know in his next book!
That's where The Gift begins to divert greatly from the film Arrival, starting with Sam being kicked off of the First Contact team by his boss who he has had friction with because of an event in the past. Although he was kicked off of the team, and left to his own devices (lots of alcohol), when he wakes the next morning he is greeted by a small sphere resembling the large one spotted in space, and when he touches the sphere his life, and the fate of mankind, is forever changed.
In this novel we are presented with a greatly interesting view on a possible form of extra-terrestrial life, and are presented with the rising friction between nations, questions of the power of our government if such an event were to occur, and the struggle between trying to do what we feel is right versus the cold calculations performed by military might in order to achieved the goals of the government and the wealthy. The Gift is intelligent, thought provoking, and overall, a fantastic view of science fiction, as well as a great view on what the present science fiction genre can be (which is admittedly more of a reflection or evolution of the great science-fiction works of the past).
The gifts create symbiotic human/computer AIs to work with the human within the human's mind. I kept wondering if this was a trick of the hive mind to create new hives from indi civs. Any way after reading the story the ending was rather lame. No big cosmic war or confrontation. So that's why I gave it a three.