2 out of 4 stars
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Reading science-fiction books is always delightful and entertaining. It shows how far humans or scientists more specifically can go with their imagination. This book entitled 30th Century: Escape written by Mark Kingston Levin, is an illustration.
Unfolding during the thirtieth Century, humanity survival was threatened by Syndos. The only way to save mankind from extinction was to use the Trans-Time One machine to travel back in the twenty-seventh century to correct the genetic error present in the first Syndos that prevented them from developing a sense of morality. The introduction of a virus to those early Syndos as young children of the twenty-seventh century will prevent their aggressive behavior against humanity and everything will return to normal.This difficult and delicate mission to safe humanity was bestowed to a team of fifty with Jennifer Hiro as the captain. The mission was a success recording just two casualties and five imprisoned for security violations. The prisoners were freed, and the team was transported back to the thirtieth century.
It is worth mentioning that this mission was carried out without Jennifer Hero, the main character. While her team was transported to the twenty-seventh century as scheduled, she found herself in an isolated atoll of Moruroa in the twenty-first century instead with no means to catch up with her team. Rescued by Marty Zitonick and his crew, Jennifer pretended amnesia in other to keep secret her identity. She started a new and complete life in this century. She had a new family, made a myriad of friends, completed her studies on dark energy and falling in love with Marty Zitonick. Jennifer finally rejoined her team thanks to her twin sister Jenny and her two-way time machine. Both sisters traveled to the twenty-seventh century four years later when the mission was already accomplished. While the team was transported back to the thirtieth century, Jennifer Hero decided to return to the twenty-first century to continue the life she started there.
Through Jennifer hero’s life in the twenty-first century, I discovered so many things such as some cities and islands of the French Polynesia (Moruroa, fangataufa, tureia,Marquesas), the rich culture of the people living in these islands. I was impressed with all the details in the dialogues between characters, and I even felt like watching a movie while reading this book. The French touch in this book caught my attention. It was a great feeling for me reading a book in English with a mixture of French.
I don’t understand why the author chose to focus on Jennifer’s life in the twenty-first century. 30 chapters (from chapter three to chapter thirty-two) out of 34 were all about Jennifer’s life, ignoring completely the mission to save humanity. Furthermore, no detail was provided on how the mission was carried out. That’s unfortunate. I just noticed in the last chapter entitled “Extraction” that the mission was successful. All Jennifer did was to free the five teammates captured and assured the extraction of her team. Lastly, the book has an important sexual content. It is quite interesting, but I don’t really approve the author describing absolutely all the details during sexual relations.
Taking into consideration all the observations stated above, I will rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. Sincerely speaking, I enjoyed the first three chapters. I was expecting so much about the mission, how it was carried out, the impediments, how they infected the Syndos with the virus in other to prevent their aggressive behavior toward humans. Instead, the following chapters till chapter thirty-two were all about Jennifer fishing tunas, having new friends, traveling from one island to another, from one country to another, becoming a Ph.D. holder, making love all the time with Marty, Alice, Ian, Lacy, Eerita and more. I will just recommend this book to open minded people. Ultimately, the book is well edited even though I found four minor typographical errors.
30th Century: Escape (First Edition)
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