- File Size: 3907 KB
- Print Length: 291 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987703994
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Narmer's Palette (May 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KP2KKNU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,160,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The events of the first book, a funhouse mirror version Star Wars: The Phantom Menace(!?!), lead directly into the second. We find our hero, a Canadian displaced from earth to another planet, leading his young adopted son through a world where humans are oppressed by "Numans".
The book leads us through a slightly veiled version of the historical black experience in the America, from forced exile to slavery/indentured servitude to the civil rights movement. That's the setting, but the story is really about a man learning to be a father and coming to understand and accept the choices his own father made.
All of this leads me to say that I really enjoyed this book. It has everything you you want in sci fi story.
Some surprising events in the final section of the book leave things wide open for part three. I'm not sure where things will go from here but I'm eagerly awaiting the resolution.
After I read it, I felt as though I didn't like the book. On further reflection, I realize that I felt very strongly for Harq and his struggles. I had connected with him so strongly as I was reading that I came to hate the situations he was in. While not an upbeat sci-fi romp, the writing drew me into the character and gave me a small bitter taste of his life.
It's great to read about family oriented characters with strong aspirations and goals for a better society. I'm looking forward to the conclusion of the series.
But a few chapters in the story just takes over. A lot of it is, as some reviewers have said, "Star Wars funhouse mirror" kind of stuff which is great, but there's a ton of seriousness all over as Faust tackles some big issues (slavery, civil rights movement, unions). Overall, I really liked the book although it isn't as easy to read as some others, but absolutely worth the effort and I'm looking forward to the next one.
I would say that this book starts a bit slowly, but quickly picks up steam. Minister Faust seems to be constantly experimenting with language and imagery, similar to Michael Ondaatje. At times, this makes the writing challenging, but also stimulating. I highly recommend this book.