- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (November 12, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 153910625X
- ISBN-13: 978-1539106258
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,862,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Plasticity Island: The Water Wars (Book 1 in the Hard Science Fiction Techno-thriller "Plasticity Island" Series.) Paperback – November 12, 2016
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It has massive pollution problems, is running out of safe drinking water, and is dangerously overpopulated. Corrupt corporations are allied with equally corrupt politicians to profit from the environmental disasters they have caused and climate change is re-shaping the landscape as melting glaciers cause sea levels to rise. The result: Entire coastline communities are disappearing beneath the waves. Climate change is also resulting in more frequent hurricanes and typhoons and they are stronger than ever before.
Fortunately, there are some people fighting to save the planet from humanity's excesses. That, of course, throws them into direct conflict with greedy corporations and their even-greedier government partners and therein lies the sum and substance of "Plasticity Island: The Water Wars."
In his novel, author Warren Roberts gives readers a look into what life in the 21st Century might look like if something isn't done - and soon - to slow down the impact of mankind's refusal to curb the rampant pollution that is devastating our environment and, in turn, significantly altering Earth's climate.
"Plasticity Island" is a high-tech novel, which is only fitting since Roberts is a retired industrial engineer and technical writer. His narrative is filled with easy to understand explanations of some very esoteric science, which is helpful to readers like me who are not well versed in the mysteries of information technology, weather patterns, ocean currents, and desalinization. He blends these science facts with a cast of complex characters and a plot that revolves around a rousing adventure story that could be mistaken for the best that writers such as Clive Cussler are known to fashion. The result is a highly readable, very informative novel that alternately scares the pants off its readers and throws them a lifeline of hope.
Roberts has a no-nonsense writing style. It used to be said that science fiction giant Isaac Asimov was not a great writer but was, instead, a great storyteller. Roberts - and I mean this as a compliment - reminds me of Asimov in that respect. There are no wasted words in his narrative, no flowery phrases destined to go down in literary journals for their beauty. What Roberts has done in this novel is tell a great story, one that is easily understood, and that's a rare and wonderful thing in my opinion.
He's also created several very memorable, often deeply flawed, characters including some that are not actually human.
(I'm sorry to disappoint spaceship fans but, no, there are no aliens that arrive to save the day in this novel... his non-human characters are high-tech humanoid robots and very advanced computer programs that can interact with people.)
It comes down to this: "Plasticity Island: The Water Wars" is an excellent read for those who enjoy novels that blend science fact with fiction and are even a little bit concerned about the future of Earth.
The world building is grounded and brought to life by the technology and science presented, and feels fresh and exciting, without being heavy handed, blending the current problems of the present with the possibilities of the future.
Meanwhile as he's trying to save the world one gallon of fresh water at a time, Brent Brodie is forced to go head to head with people who would rather turn a profit than help others. He can't seem to help but land himself in trouble, and you can't help but hold your breath until Brodie figures a way out of it.
I'm definitely looking forward to future books in this highly enjoyable new series
The writer has an easy flowing style that makes it fun to read and you feel like you are there in the middle of all the action. I always like it when the hero of a story isn’t perfect, which is true in this case, since he has a robotic arm, a robotic leg, an artificial intelligent brain implant and constantly questions himself.
I would bet money that someone will make this into a movie with someone like Matt Damon playing the part of the good guy. When I finished the book I was sorry it was over and wanted to keep reading, so I hope this writer keeps turning out more stories like this.