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Isaac Asimov meets Charles Dickens with a dash of Jonathan Swift…
In a world that is a science experiment gone horrifyingly wrong, scientist Audrey Novak awakes from a centuries-long sleep to discover that her work has been used to create an appalling world. Aided by commoners, bots, and another refugee from 20th century America, Audrey takes on the power elites on Earth and on the Moon in a novel that is equal parts adventure, science gone haywire, and rollicking humor. ?
When I was in highschool I discovered Isaac Asimov and while it wasn’t something a typical sixteen year old girl would read I gobbled up every book our librabry had. So when a book claims to be close to Asimov I tend to read it.
I didn’t read the first book in the series but I didn’t need to. The author caught me up and while I DO want to read the first one I didn’t need to in order to enjoy this novel. I was surpised at the humor in it. It follows Audrey Novak who is a time traveler. She tries to save the world from what she had helped build. Canada is a world power now and the ruling class are all gentically modified. If that isn’t enough to get your interest, I don’t know what is?
Even if you aren’t a ‘hard core’ sci-fi fan I really think you’ll like this one. This was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. It really did have everything and I’d love to see this as a t.v. show or a movie.
I received a copy for my honest review, no other compensation was received.
A sampling of acclaim for John L. Sheppard
“Sheppard’s characters pretend not to be funny, to not be emotional, to not need each other, when of course, they are and they do. There’s a clarity to the chaos, the restraint, the vulnerability Sheppard creates, something so human and essential you can’t help but turn the page.”
“…an easy affection for his characters and a sense of natural, unforced humor.”
“…You have a good time seeing someone have a bad time. It’s fun…”
“…raw feeling and taut smart prose.”
“The author grips you from the beginning, I couldn’t have put it down if I wanted.”
John L. Sheppard wrote the novels After the Jump, No Brass, No Ammo and Small Town Punk.