4 out of 4 stars
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It is 2060 and the world nations have integrated themselves into the United States of the World. Lieutenant Andrew Barkov, of the Miami Police Department, has arrested an illegal GMO scientist and Andrew thinks that he is done for the day. However, his ordeal has just begun. An asteroid has zoomed past earth and has interfered with earth’s rotation causing tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and dramatic temperature change all across the world. If this was not enough, Andrew discovers a secret plot by world’s bureaucracy to keep themselves and a select few safe in a secure location similar to Noah’s ark, while the rest of the world perishes. On top of that, Andrew finds out that the scientists at the Noah’s Ark plan to re-rotate the earth on its axis using a massive nuclear explosion that will accelerate the geophysical cataclysm killing all those outside the secure location sooner than expected. Will Andrew and his group of allies find a way for everyone to survive the crisis?
The story is fast paced with a plot twist in every chapter. The author has done some research to back up the geographical disasters and the scientific innovations that he has written about in his story. There are plenty of action sequences in the book which are pretty well done. The storyline is the best facet of this book since one scene after the other plays out smoothly like a movie and there is never a dull moment. There are some serious questions posed in the book like is genetic modification the future of human race? To what extent will humans go to prolong their existence? Given a choice between saving everyone and saving our own lives, how many will have the courage to do the former? Ultimately, the story is about the instinct for survival.
The characters are well sketched by the author. The central protagonist, Andrew, is a proud enforcer of law and yet he would much rather prefer to be a singer. He has to make some hard choices like whether he should alert the world to the betrayal by their government or should he try and find a place for himself and his loved ones in the safe house? There is also the moral dilemma he faces when he finds out the truth about his own origin. There are other interesting characters in the novel like Lippo Lorenzetti, who is indispensable for saving the world due to his hacking abilities and adds to the humor element in the book. The prime negative character in this book is also well constructed with his insanity and cold-blooded nature brought out well by the author in the book.
There are just two minor things that I did not find impressive in the book. First was Andrew’s insecurity regarding his girlfriend, Emily, since even after all that they had been through he still doubts her affection for him. Secondly, the author writes about how hot it becomes in Sochi with the temperature rising to 36 degree C. However, that temperature is not enough to cause a heat stroke, in fact people live in temperature close to 45-48 degree C without suffering any.
That aside, the book is fast paced, easy to understand and has a good story to tell which would engross the readers of science fiction. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
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