- 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
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In the future, individual "nations" (none explicitly named) compete with one another sending automated colony ships to the stars. Since it's impossible to evaluate the viability of a colony from Earth, each Colony is sent with a complex AI which will evaluate a lot of factors and decide if it's viable (mind you: economically viable) to establish the Colony or if it should be aborted. Viability means growing some colonists via vats and teaching them their professions while they're growing, and deploy some Von Neumann machines for harvesting, mining etc.; unviability means destroying everything and everyone with nukes.
The characters on "Half Way Home" are born in the middle of an abort, something that should never happen. Somehow has made the AI change its opinion on the Colony mid-process. But what and why?
Interesting premise, not so interesting characters, and a somehow dull resolution to the mistery makes a minor novel that entertains, but fails to really capture the imagination as the Silo novels did.
The colonists are grown to adult hood before they are purged- their place in the colony (electrician, psychologist, teacher) is selected and it is that skill set that they are taught. When they are 'born', they will perform their pre-selected role. This colony was set for 'abortion' , but instead of being erased, they are born prematurely. This sets in place a course of unusual occurences that the AI and the colonists were never prepared for, so their reasoning is what determines their actions. You will then see how their roles are affected, how their own emotions are affected by the other colonists, how they reason what they've been taught to feel vs. how they really feel. It's quite an interesting look at the complexity of emotion, responsibility, viability and survival. If you enjoy science fiction, I think you will be pleased.
From the very beginning, this book just throws the characters into the fire (metaphorically and literally) and sees how they react. And their reactions aren't always pleasant. They are, however, very realistic.
The science in this book is very interesting, especially as the story wraps up. The characters are almost stereotypes, but there's a point to that; it's by design and it works with the story.
If you like reading Howey, I would suggest the WOOL Omnibus, one of the best books I have read. Many books are read and forgotten, but I read Wool a couple of years ago and still remember the story well. In fact, after reading it, I started reading everything from Howey that I could find. A fantastic author!
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