2 out of 4 stars
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Wrong Turn At Antares, written by Raymond T. Hunter (pen name), is a science-fiction novel that tells the story of an alien called Stella, who travels to Earth to recruit a team of humans. She wants them to go back with her to Mund – her home planet – to teach their highly advanced yet dull society of genetically engineered, nearly perfect individuals how to be imaginative and creative. Mundians are programmed to be law-abiding and peaceful; the planet is a serene, problem-free utopia that Stella and some others find insufferably boring.
Once on Earth, Stella gets involved with John, a 21-year-old kid from Brooklyn. John is a multilayered character – “a brilliant medical student near the top of his class." He "could jog, follow a strict regimen of health foods, and tie on a good weekly drunk or two without contradiction.”
What I liked most about this book was its good-humored approach. The protagonists are young adults who enjoy having a good time. I believe that a lot of readers will be able to relate to their juvenile passion and idealism.
On the other hand, unfortunately, there were several elements that I disliked. The first negative is that I found the narrative to be too simplistic. The author explains a lot of things in unnecessary detail, leaving little to the reader's imagination. What I disliked the most, though, was how John’s sexist points of view and objectification of women dominate the narrative. While the beginning of the plot is promising, as the novel progresses, John’s pubescent obsession with the size of women’s breasts becomes borderline annoying. The plot develops within a limited range of repetitive and predictable behaviors. Shockingly stereotypical comments blemished what could have been an imaginative and fun story. For instance, “All women know that you can fool 95% of men from a distance with breast enlargement surgery and long blonde flowing hair.”
In closing, the book doesn’t seem professionally edited. The errors, although not egregious, are enough to reduce the rating by one star. The stereotyped points of view caused me to subtract another star. Therefore, I rate the book 2 out of 4 stars. It has a fair share of sexual content, as well as an abundance of non-borderline profanity. I believe it may appeal to readers who like sci-fi novels with a touch of spicy romance, provided that they don’t mind the stereotyped points of view. If you like more sophisticated plots, you might want to steer clear of it, though.
Wrong Turn At Antares
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