1 out of 4 stars
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Singularity by Jayme A. Oliveira Filho and Jayme S. Alencar is a science fiction book that focuses on exploring space and searching for another Earth-like planet. It follows three generations of a family in this search. The father devises the plan, the daughter develops technology to fulfill the plan, and the grandson executes the plan. Themes in the book include environmental protection, familial relationships, religion, and determination.
This book had a good plot. The authors discuss the physics involved in traveling through a black hole to another universe. The idea of focusing on three generations in accomplishing this was a good one. Unfortunately, the majority of the book doesn't focus on this plot. A good editor would likely result in this book being a short story rather than a book. Also, the authors explained some concepts well but presented others in such esoteric ways that it was difficult to understand. Often I knew what these concepts were already, which made it even more strange that the explanations were so inadequate.
In addition, the book was so poorly written that it was a struggle to get through. Grammatically, it was terrible. The authors often switched tenses mid-sentence. For example, "She passed these on to her son, Alexander, so that he remembers his granddad, and perhaps value the kind of perseverance and determination that the man had." The authors also capitalized odd things and mixed up he/she and him/her often enough to be confusing. These errors are likely due to the authors being a father and son team, with the son being very young (elementary age?), but regardless, the book does not seem to have been edited and needs serious rewrites.
Beyond the grammatical aspects, the text had many pointless asides. There would be a little bit of plot and then a three-page discussion about how people should be acting and negotiating with each other. This philosophical waxing was also very repetitive, being repeated within the same section or throughout the book. Also, things were needlessly explained, like dog tags, for example. The author chose to spend at least an entire page explaining the concept of dog tags and how people want to keep those that their loved ones had. Again, this is possibly due to the young age of one of the authors. The plot itself, as mentioned, was interesting but it got so bogged down by these needless explanations that it was hard to read.
If this book had been a 10-15 page short story, it would have been excellent. At its current 85 page length, I had to stick it out through sheer willpower to finish. Due to the terrible grammar and meandering writing, I give this book 1 out of 4 stars. I cannot recommend it to anyone due to the poor quality of writing exhibited within it.
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