Review by Roopali S -- So Long Earth by Michael Bienenstock

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Review by Roopali S -- So Long Earth by Michael Bienenstock

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[Following is a volunteer review of "So Long Earth" by Michael Bienenstock.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The book So Long Earth is an exceptional science-fiction novel by Michael Bienenstock. The plot revolves around the pioneering initiative of one engineer, Tom Burns, who identifies that Earth can no longer sustain life and a new home needs to be discovered in order to save humanity. He dedicates his days and nights working with acclaimed engineers, physicists and biomedical scientists in order to build spaceships and life-enhancing technologies that would aid in the journey of finding a new home.

The book was extremely intriguing from the beginning till the end. The book starts with a tense atmosphere with an urgent need to address the global crisis situation and seamlessly creates its way to the end. However, one thing needs to be kept in mind while reading this book. Michael incessantly nags Donald Trump throughout the novel. It may become unbearable at times but if the reader is a true science-fiction fan, it is not going to affect him in any way.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars . It was an excellent read in terms of its richness in science, technology, time travel and its basis on a realistic theme for the future. The vivid descriptions of time travelling, cloning and cryo-preservation all add to the mix of elements of a well-developed book. Though there are concepts or technical words that may not be understood by all, the author very clearly tries to explain them through dialogues or descriptions. An instance of this is the use of the word cryopreservation . The meaning of this concept is wittingly infused in the monologue of the lead character, Tom Burns.

I would recommend this book for all science-fiction lovers who also like to consider and connect with the realistic issues of our environment degradation. However, if the reader is a Donald Trump fan then I would recommend reconsidering your choice. This is mainly because there is incessant criticism of him throughout the book.

So Long Earth is an eye opener towards addressing the highly probable situation of a degenerating Earth for the future generations. However, the seriousness of the book is frequently diffused in a good sense by funny interactions between the characters. In addition to addressing this topic, the book also demonstrates how in situations with common goals people need to work together by setting aside their differences. So, do Tom and his team find a new planet or galaxy that they can call home? Well, you will have to find this answer yourself.

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