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Good read, good early effort by Mackey
on August 7, 2017
I like a lot of this author's other work. He stated that Paper or Plastic, his first published novel wasn't very good, so I read it to see for myself. I think he is too hard on himself.
The story of a PTSD Vet, in the near future, who meets up with an "alien" human sightseeing on earth against her government's wishes was well constructed.
The near future world was well constructed, both a believable extrapolation from our present, with the pitfalls of too much government presence in the protagonist's life.
The "Alien" has some neat tech, including interstellar travel, but the novel focuses on the social impact of the technology and how her government controls its citizens by maintaining control of innovation. The protagonist, his also PTSD friend, and the "alien" visitor combine to break free from the limits both here on earth and her interstellar government to open both societies to growth.
This novel doesn't get 5 stars, because at the end as the humans open the gates to allow earth values to enter the intersteller civilization, the shift from the core three characters is diluted by the abrupt introduction of a new character. This new character is necessary to grow the earth human's impact on the interstellar world, but the change in perspective to a new guy was somewhat jarring.