- File Size: 528 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (January 17, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003QCIPGK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Half Way Home is the story of a group of colonists who haven't been born yet. Humankind has learned to grow a generation to the age of thirty in special vats, birthing them if and when the ship's artificial intelligent(AI) computer decides a planet is viable.
Each new colonists if born knowing a specialty and the desire to serve a world he's never seen and probably never will. The AI makes all the decisions, whether to wake and give birth to its sleeping crew, or to abort.
The ships lands on a planet and the colonists are awakened at age 15, half the age they should be at, to a fire that is consuming their home. The AI had decided to abort and birth it's load of newborns at the same time. Only a few live through the ordeal and start to work on survival. Why were they awakened early after an initial abort sequence?
Howey writes another page-turner with great characters and lots of action. His worlds are realistic and imaginative, and a lot of fun to read. Howey asks the hard questions without beating his readers over the head with them, allowing for a memorable story on many different levels.
The only problem I had with the book was understanding the descriptions of the world the colonists found themselves on. I think this is pretty important when trying bring the reader into a world existing only in the writer's mind, so I couldn't give the book five stars which Howey's work usually garners.
Where it falls short is in the baggage that the author extrapolates to the settings of the story. For example, corporations/hegemonic-government are depicted as contemptuous towards human life, and that's considered normal. The main character is homosexual but everybody else is as awkward towards homosexuality as twenty century teenagers. What are the moral heights you describe in your epitaph Hugh?
Also, the settings of the story is very fuzzy and where it intercepts with the plot it ruins it. The plot hinges around the greed of corporations/hegemonic-government, but nowhere in the book it says what they are after. Is it metals? but what would you do with it? transport it across hundreds of light years? Or are the bad guys interested in just a viable settlement? The plot denies the last choice, so it must be the first, but why send humans when the computer can do the mining on her own?
The described natural environment is gorgeous, probably one of the bests I have read in Sci-fi. But here again the author forgot to add a little bit of variety: a natural environment unaltered by civilization must have millions of species, not just three or four.
At any rate, I really liked it!
Why do we send humans if machines can do the work? Nowadays (almost ten years ago or more) we send machines to Mars... it's not Sci-Fi.
With intergalactic technology... We send humans?... No... We only send humans if we really needed to investigate. Machines can do all the hard work remotely I suppose.
If machines maintain and sustain human beings on a voyage they can do very well on extracting resources without terraforming those planets. And good and rare metals or precious materials are more easily extracted from meteors, or rocks in orbit with bigger planets. Do you see what NASA is proposing actually? Hugh, please read what USA congress just passed, or approved. A law that determines ownership of every single raw material extracted at space. Use present evidence on how science is going to plot more and sustainable novels.
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