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In the beginning it is about family and struggling to make it. Whether it be on a spaceship with Cole Alekos and his family, or on Earth with Abby in 3062 and hers. After the suicide of his daughter-in-law because of a forced abortion and the loneliness his eldest son Harden felt because of it, the whole crew of the Antria starship became family to Harden, Helen and Mark. The eldest two became explorers while Mark wanted to be a doctor. Rosemary was these children’s mother but she was a captain on another ship. Kipos was where they called home when not on the ship looking for a better place to live. They were Homo khlorosans, better than the Homo sapiens of Earth. They were bred for space travel and the dueling suns of Kipos.
Abby was an eighteen year old human who loved the stars and the constellations. Her family lived in a commune on Earth and was lucky to have a space of their own and a shared bathroom. Abby was the oldest, then Ray, Jin and Orchid was the youngest of this family. They still had their Ma and Da and also their maternal grandmother. This world of Earth was no longer a Utopia, the uneducated people procreated too early and often and the crowded countries of the land sent their people to space. They colonized Luna and mars but still another three hundred thousand souls went looking for new homes. History told of at least five of these ships exploded once out of the solar system. The planet’s resources started to give way. The water supply reduced to nothing. The skyscrapers came down for their steel glass and asbestos. The United States dissolved into territories and finally into just cities.
When the big starships landed in Seattle and offered some of the young earthlings a better life on Kipos, Ma and Da sacrificed the family for the betterment of their children. Abby, Jin and Orchid were sent away. Once inside the big starship the trio was separated by gender and the journey was on.
This part of the book reminded me of the immigration we experience now. People hear about a better life somewhere else and rush to get there. What many of today’s immigrants find is the same thing that Abby and Orchid did—some make it big and others don’t.
Orchid was lucky, she was smart and young and was adopted by a rich family and lived planetside and eventually became a doctor. Abby wasn’t so lucky at first. She adopted by a mean rich man who only wanted her for the purpose of giving birth. Once she had the baby, she was thrown away like yesterday’s trash.
That’s where more struggle happened. Abby finds her way to Harden’s ship and even though she is an Earthling the family take her in and ‘adopts’ her. After a period of acceptance and learning about each other Abby eventually lives her life dream of exploring new planets.
While the story is long and some parts are hard to get through, the lessons woven throughout this book makes the read worth it. To summarize, to me Other Systems is about life. It is about the good and the bad, the hard times and the good times. It is about growing up and finding one’s self worth and self esteem. It is a coming of age story surrounded by what sci-fi geeks will enjoy.
Nice job to the author!
*I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
What intrigued me: I love everything related to aliens!
The initial idea is absolutely brilliant, I was very excited about reading this. However, OTHER SYSTEMS really, really lacks in execution.
The story is told from the POV of Abby, a girl that is taken to Kipos, the future human colony's home planet, and Cole, a space traveler. I especially struggled with Cole's POV because just didn't understand what was going on.
There are so many specific terms in this that are hardly explained, it took me too long to even understand what the different kinds of humans are and what happened to Earth. I can safely say that I spent the first 150 pages being absolutely confused and not really knowing what was happening. You'll definitely need to be invested and/or don't mind about not really understanding all details to finish this. I feel like there are different stories in this, three books tried to be told in a single volume. Resulting from this, OTHER SYSTEMS seems very chaotic and difficult to read.
Fascinating idea, but too very complicated
Even though it is difficult to read, the idea is just too fascinating to toss OTHER SYSTEMS aside and give up. I absolutely love novels about humans going to space, even more so when everything has already taken place and the humans are going back! The world building truly is impeccable and there is a lot to explore. I would have liked this a lot more, had I been given the opportunity to actually have those elements all explained instead of just getting bombarded with information.
Generally, OTHER SYSTEMS really would have benefited from being told from one person's POV. Abby's chapters are significantly easier to read and it does feel like you're actually reading a YA novel. With Cole's POV thrown in, the book just gains a strange dynamic, again, it's just multiple stories fused into one.
Overall: Do I Recommend?
OTHER SYSTEMS displays a magnificently built, fascinating world, but simply makes the mistake to leave out explanations. It portrays an interesting, possible human future that is truly fun to explore.
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