1 out of 4 stars
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The Homo atromitos saw the rise of the New Sun is a science fiction book by Z. Mondle.
Hannah is an astrophysicist who lives in the age of the Homo atromitos, a genetically modified race of humans. Their enhanced gene makeup allows them to achieve a perfectly balanced world - ecologically and socially. Hannah, her husband, and daughter live on a mountain, close to nature. She is expecting her second child. Despite discovering that her unborn child has a gene mutation, all is well. The situation can easily be corrected through a procedure by a geneticist. One night, however, their lives are disrupted by a massive earthquake. Stranger yet, the sun does not rise the next day. Isolated and away from the rest of the world, Hannah and her family must find a way to survive under the life-threatening situation and find answers.
The first chapter of this book took my breath away! The peace that Hannah feels, her gratitude for life, and her curiosity permeate the pages, creating an uplifting mood. Exploring their advanced world filled me with wonder. Initially, I noticed quite a few grammatical errors, but at this point I was entranced and could not care less. Then it all went downhill.
From the second chapter on, the grammar was horrible. There were ideas that I simply could not comprehend because of the bad grammar. This was especially the case in the dialogue between Hannah and her daughter, Abbie. The two have lengthy discussions about the physical principles that govern our magnificent universe. Although interested, I felt left out of these conversations as the information went right above my head. These conversations could have been an exciting highlight for those who love physics and the wonders to be found in our universe. Sadly, the bad grammar spoilt it all.
I understand that this is a work of fiction, however, some of the scenes described are too fictitious for my liking. For example, the family makes food on a grill during an earthquake. How is that physically possible? This is just one of the scenes which just did not appear to be remotely plausible.
The ending was abrupt. It is as though the author got tired of writing and decided to wrap things up. It left me with so many unanswered questions. The answers to those questions were what kept me reading on in the first place. I am one unsatisfied reader.
It is with a heavy heart that I rate this book 1 out of 4 stars. It has so much potential. A good round of editing would do it so much good.
The Homo atromitos saw the rise of the New Sun
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