Three Feet of Sky: Book One Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 763 KB
- Publication Date : April 4, 2012
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 250 pages
- Publisher : Stephen Ayres (April 4, 2012)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B007RONCDY
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,889 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a highly unusual story with a sense of the sublime. In Ayres' futuristic world, there is life after death--but not the kind that most expect, not the one arising from spiritual/religious hopes--but this afterlife is a result of technological resurrections. Not everyone can be resurrected however (due to economics--still very important in the afterlife!). Since billions are resurrected over time, people are shrunk to some one seventh of their height and they occupy Environments (Viros) that are three feet high and artificially manipulated to accommodate their "profiles". It is possible to travel from one Viro to another, and among other things, in this alternative world, people who are killed are simply resurrected (again) so life simply unfolds according to the personalities and whims of the Viros' inhabitants. But the life of the resurrected Adam Eden isn't typical life--he's an undesirable for having allegedly murdered a father and son just before his earthly death and must put up with the Hind-Reading, Stern, annoying in other ways, too, various other types who may or may not seem like misfits to the reader, as well as some that suprise and amuse the reader to no end, including the playfully but definitely frightfully dreaded ViroPsychos from one of whom, an immense secret is discovered--ending with a nice prompt for the emergence of a Part Two to this novel.
Keen to see Part Two. Technological resurrections might be science fiction in the hands of Ayres' superb craftmanship but one day, one day in some far-off future world of ours, who knows what's possible!? Simply mind-boggling.
Top reviews from other countries
I really, really don't want to die....well I know we all do, but please not until I have totally forgotten this story. If this is what heaven could hold, I'd gladly pass.
For the past 2 years I have been expanding my circle of authors, since discovering the Kindle. I haven't read this many new books, by so many new and talented authors, with so many mind blowing ideas in like... forever! Kindle Publishing seems to offer the keys to the kingdom to so many new writers. It makes me think "Should I try my hand?" (I've always thought I have a story or two in me), but my word there's some prodigious talent out there and Stephen Ayres is firmly out front of the line. This story, for me, breaks so much new ground, opens up so many previously unrealised posibilities.
With our world at war over what people believe, okay let's call it what it is - religion, how could such a story be written about getting into heaven? It's no small wonder that the lead character Adam Eden "wants out."
For the hardened Sci-Fi and Horror reader alike - I highly recommend this and the sequel 'Three Feet of Sky - Book Two'. Both are well written, envolving and totally frightening, even if you only slightly believe.
There are some truly honkingly badly written, badly plotted, derivative, self-published works out there that are tempting to buy because they're only 90p - so Three Feet of Sky stood out from the rest as being: very readable, really quite funny, very imaginative and for the most part a bit of a page-turner. I was hovering between 3 and 4 stars for this.
I disagree with the criticism given by a couple of other reviewers that the writing style is poor quality. Ayres writes with wit and confidence. He's no Chris Brookmyre but I wasn't at any point irritated by out-of-place or laboured vocabulary or overly elaborate writing style. I didn't particularly notice a writing style - which is a good sign as far as I'm concerned. The narrative flows simply and nicely and I didn't cringe (like I do when I read Dan Brown).
Where it fell below par for me was the "psychoviro" part of the story. There was too much of this and not enough exploring of the new world in which Adam finds himself. The violence didn't bother me, it was the lack of variety in the road the story took. I thought the idea of this 'afterlife' was very imaginative, but I thought that had the author chosen more varied means for the main character to escape the confines of this new life and explore the environment I think the book would have been a lot stronger. I also wanted more characters to empathise with. There weren't really any likeable characters in the book. I was also interested in finding out more about the company whose idea it was to create this afterlife and this was barely touched on - maybe in the next book.
I didn't love this book, it had a lot of flaws, but I did quite like it, and really think this author shows a lot of promise. I'll definitely check out the next instalment.
I feel that some of the scenes are too violent / graphic and after a while it actually detracts from story. This is from someone that is extremely openminded and very hard to offend. I'm not saying there should be less violence exactly but maybe some of the scenes should be less detailed and leave it up to the reader to fill in the blanks. The story needs some gruesome scenes but too much and the shock turns into something more stale.
Long story short I will definitely be reading the second book once its finished.
Note to author: Great work Stephen keep it up.