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FIVE STAR REVIEW
Mankind has always had a fascination with extraterrestrials which dates from ice-age cave walls, ancient Egyptian carvings all the way to Milijun by Clayton Graham.
This well written novel explores our deepest darkest fears that as a planet we are not ready for an alien incursion, in fact we pretend our intellect can save us. However, in Australia 2179 AD main character Laura Sinclair is faced with the unimaginable when she and her son Jason witness aliens descending to earth.
She dropped to the ground, partly to avoid detection but also from sheer fatigue. Her face was covered with sweat and there were several dirt marks down both cheeks where she had attempted to clear bothersome flies from her face. Closing her eyes briefly, she sat in silence, not wanting to act in haste but acutely aware that time was crucial. Earlier, she had made a brief stop to drink water from the choppa's emergency rations but now felt the need for more. She quenched her thirst then nibbled at a foul tasting energy bar as she thought through her next move."
I invite you to the Australia outback where things are not as you might imagine.
Milijun is a striking name for this novel. I dare you to find its meaning. It is an Australian aboriginal word which also has a Serb-Croatian context.
Cold Coffee Press Endorses 'Milijun' a science fiction debut novel by Clayton Graham. We were given this book in a Kindle/PDF format for review. The review was completed on April 9, 2016.
Apr 19, 2016. Tracy Terry PEN AND PAPER
FIVE STAR REVIEW
Not a genre I read a lot of. Perhaps it was the promise of 'alien interaction' instead of the more common 'alien abduction' that had me intrigued. Whatever it was I was keeping my fingers crossed that, written by a retired aerospace engineer, Milijun wasn't going to be bogged down in technicalities as had another book of the genre I'd read not so long ago.
Alas no need to worry. Milijun is very readable. Hugely compelling. Just what are these aliens and just what do they want? Are mother and son, Laura and Jason (the 'First Seen'), able to trust Major General Ord of the Australian Defence Force or the mysterious Uriel, enigmatic head of Milijun, a reclusive research facility in the outback?
A well written 'extraterrestrial' novel and yet at its heart is the very human story of a mother whose strength and resolve is tested time and time again as not only the future of her son but indeed everything she knows is turned on its head.
Initially alternating between several different threads, the characters and their stories eventually entwine, coming together to reveal all in a wonderfully thought provoking ending that doesn't disappoint.
Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
Disclaimer: Received for review from the author, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.
From the Author
The book is about more than an alien incursion into the Australian outback. It asks questions about our place in the universe, or multiverses (as we are now led to believe may be a possibility).
The novel explores the relationship between a mother and son. How far can it be stretched before the links break? How far would a mother go to save her son? Would she be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, or undertake actions she would never have deemed possible prior to the alien incursion?
Above all, Milijun explores the question what would mankind do when faced with an intelligence it cannot understand? It's a good question, for it may happen someday. We are not currently prepared, of course. We are light years away from understanding how we should behave in such a circumstance. Milijun challenges our mindsets through the eyes of a mother and son, and as such is perhaps more powerful and meaningful than if that challenge was through the eyes of the United Nations or the President of the United States.
In the end, Milijun probably asks more questions than it answers. But it does raise the questions. We cannot relax on Earth forever, ignorant of our cosmic surroundings, idling our time away, creating a mirage of prosperity, which appears to create an equally ferocious misery.
Writing Milijun was a labour of love. It was not easy, but neither was it hard. Science Fiction is a love of mine, has been since I was a teenager, escaping to new worlds in the back streets of Stockport, England, where I grew up as a child. Halcyon days, when education and school milk were free, and summers were real summers. We didn't have much, but we had enough.
Milijun is my debut novel, and for me the realisation of a dream.
- Publication Date : January 3, 2016
- File Size : 649 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Graham Clayton (January 3, 2016)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01A4XY0UI
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #334,885 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First, the idea of portraying two regular people as the heroes in a large-scale plot like this is commendable. Unfortunately, we don’t get to know the characters as well as we ought to. The narrative suffers from multiple head-jumps and setting-switches. In other words, rather than follow one or two characters as they contend with the issues, we get quick snapshots of their actions and thoughts, one character after the other, and they switch off several times per chapter. The problem with this is the author has not allowed for the characters to develop fully and completely. There’s no arc; there’s no significant change or growth in the characters. Character arcs are necessary—we need to be able to identify with some person in the story, or at least get into their heads, in order to have a vested interest. Furthermore, without spending enough time to know and understand the characters, their motivations become superficial and vague. It was hard for me to care about these people.
Even if this book is more plot than character-driven though, the plot doesn’t hold together well. While there is a story here, and an interesting concept, we switch from scene to scene as often as we do character point of view to character point of view. I was reminded of watching a movie or television show, where there are multiple cutaways. This works for TV sometimes, but in fiction, as with the characters, switching so often denies readers the opportunity to go deeply into any particular moment or action. The advantage of the written word over visual media is that, when done well, the audience has the opportunity to immerse themselves in each moment completely, and understand its significance. This is what gives a plot substance and allows for nuance.
The last issue is the writing style, itself. The characters exhibit quite a few cliched behaviors (within the first chapter alone, there are several heavy or deep sighs, for example). Mr. Clayton uses a lot of exposition to explain his world and how it works, rather than allowing the readers to come to their own understanding by letting the characters interact with the settings meaningfully in many instances. Often, opportunities to describe in detail this new, futuristic society and landscape are glossed over in favor of explanation. Additionally, the action scenes aren’t smooth enough, and the flow of the scene is interrupted. In a few scenes that are meant to be high action, characters pause for long, drawn-out missives about their pasts. Given the other two issues, this lack of narrative control made the book difficult to stay with.
Milijun has a very interesting idea behind it, and the characters, for the most part, had so much potential to be engaging and to grow. That didn’t happen, though, and I walked away from the book unclear about the overall theme Mr. Clayton was going for.
Milijun is a very interesting read in the sense that it does not follow the normal rules of the genre. The aliens do not come to Earth blasting ray guns and leveling cities, but rather have a superior way of existing which allows them to do things that humans could only dream of. I found the narrative to be well written, nicely thought out, and a great addition to the genre. The editing was done very well and the chapters moved quickly and smoothly from one to the next. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys the science fiction genre.
first of all, I love that the aliens landed right here in Australia. Aliens usually land in America, so this was a nice change. This story is set in the late 22nd century, but aside from some political upheval, the world is reasonably familiar, and almost felt like present day. This provides an anchor point for those who may not read a lot of sci-fi.
The aliens in this story were intruiging, and were nicely world-built. I liked how they had folds of skin that essentially acted as solar sails, allowing the beings to hover and fly.
The plot of this book was driven by mystery. The read is kept wondering what the aliens are up to, and what this mysterious Milijun place is all about.
At the centre of it all, are a mother and son, who never quite know who to trust. This novel provides a complete story, but offers the promise of a larger world to explore.