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Pennsylvania Paperback – April 29, 2014
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About 100 years in the future, mankind wants to go colonize a distant planet so it asks for volunteers. An Amish man named Jed is going to go from Pennsylvania to "New Pennsylvania", a planet that will take 9 years of space travel to reach. He will spend those years in suspended animation, land on New Pennsylvania, then he and the others will begin to continue the colonizing work on the new planet. This is the premise that is explained in the opening chapters. At this point, I thought Ok, I know where this story is going, but it's well written so on we go! But then, that's where the author just completely pulls the rug out from under you. Poor Jed is caught up in a major war, people are after him...and he has no idea why.
Several time in the course of this story I think I know where it's going, but then the author manages to take it into a completely different direction. He lays down so many mysteries, which I love. I think the only complaint I have is that when the time comes to explain all the mysteries it slows down the action a little too much - but I didn't mind it really. But there are so many fascinating concepts in the book it keeps you reading until the very last page. And then...ALAS. A cliff hanger. I hear he is writing a sequel, so he had better get busy!
I still can't get over he combines Amish with SciFi so excellently. And you know, some might see that as a gimmick that overwhelms the story, but it doesn't. It really works. And bonus points are given for not being full of vulgarity, bad words, or sexual scenes. Instead, Bunker relies on his talents as a writer to tell an interesting story. And he succeeds with flying colors.
I wish I could give this 6 stars.
After the first few chapters: an Amish man thinks he is moving to another planet, but he is either suspended in animation or more likely, his ship returns to the earth and it's years later than expected - Amish Time Machine
Around the midpoint: a young Amish man's trip to the new world is delayed significantly, meanwhile his brother goes to the new world, discovers government controlled time travel is being used abusively, so he leads a revolt against said government entity - Amish Timecop
After Meeting Goa Eagles! - Amish Planet of the Apes
What I got: a young Amish man leaves earth's current timeline, travels through a portal in the fabric of time, helps his younger/elder brother defeat evil via an brain-computer interface, finds a soulmate, and starts over again in an undefined new/old world - Amish Matrix
I disagree with other reviewers that said it was too focused on the Amish life, I felt like there was much more that I wanted to know about the "plain" people. I loved their simple community-driven lifestyle juxtaposed with the complex individual-driven lifestyles of the Englisher. I do, however, agree that the ending was abrupt. Want more!
Jed is a pawn between TRACE (the resistance) and the Transport Authority (the governing entity). His younger brother is the leader of TRACE in this future world, an Amish man deeply enmeshed in a world of virtual reality. It's a cautionary tale that takes you on a thrill ride and keeps you guessing. Very unique. Very insightful. Very unputdownable. Highly recommended.
At the same time, the reader is not manipulated into accepting any one view point. Jed’s brother has taken a very different and difficult path. Those intent on ensuring this young man realizes his simple and pacifist lifestyle are willing to fight to the death so that he and others like him can have it.
This is a story written on many levels. There are all the mysteries and wonders of interstellar travel, intrigue of shadowy conspiracies, and the struggle for control between competing factions. Beneath the obvious, however, is what happens when everything you know and believe is challenged at its very core
I really liked the concept of mixing "Amish" with "Sci-Fi", however when I started the book I had no idea that it was going to go so "matrix". I really wanted to read a planetary colonization story but what I got was a virtual reality, matrix type story. At times I felt like the dialog was dry or fake. It didn't feel like these were real people so much as it was someone writing works that characters would say. I'm not exactly sure how else to explain that.
Overall though, I think the author has a promising future and I look forward to reading more from him.
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Enjoyed it, but what a cliffhanger.
Hope Oklahoma comes out soon.