2 out of 4 stars
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Madelyn Cooper is a scientist that has been working on a technology that will change the world. She has invented a nanotechnology that will heal most every disease, but that's not all it will do. It can also turn the clock back on aging. How will this new development change the world? Will Madelyn be able to keep this technology from falling into the wrong hands?
Fountain Found by Allen Broderick is a science fiction novel with around 450 pages. Nanotechnology is a popular concept in the sci-fi genre. While the concepts discussed in the novel aren't new, Mr. Broderick does put his own spin on the story and explores the ramifications of curing disease and finding the fountain of youth.
I enjoyed the characters that we were introduced to in the novel. Madelyn is a genius and yet very approachable. Her goals are noble, and it's cute to see that she hasn't really thought through how much her technology will affect the world. It's interesting to see who she brings into her confidence to help her develop this for mass production as well. She even considers people that actually exist in the world such as Bill Gates among others.
I also thought that the author did a great job with the technology side of the book. It was clearly well researched which makes it come across as more believable. Sadly, I thought that there was an overabundance of technological terms. In addition, there is quite a bit of repetition included. There are only so many times I want to hear about the exact process that occurs.
Another drawback was the instances in which the author interrupts the story to talk to the audience. The majority of the story is told in third person. However, there were times that a narrator personality interrupts the story to talk directly to the audience in second person. This was unnecessary and very disruptive to the flow of the plot.
The last thing that is always worth mentioning is the fact that this book does not seem to be professionally edited. Most of the errors were along the lines of missing words or homophones used or just plain typos. They were not overly plentiful or annoying but present enough to wish for a better proofreader.
Overall, there was much about Fountain Found that I enjoyed. But, I truly believe that this story could have been greatly cut down in length by a skilled editor with the story still intact. It's for that reason that I give the book 2 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to those who love overly detailed explanations of scientific technological advances.
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