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Greetings! The Review Board here to share our thoughts on Future Prometheus: Emergence & Evolution.
First let’s read the thoughts of Casey Prism.
Sergeant Jose Melendez is not a people person. His mild form of Asperger’s leaves him without the ability to read people or social situations. The result is a brilliant loner.
In his brilliance and his desire to be a recluse he begins to play around with cryogenics. It’s his last deep freeze when the world goes bad and he’s basically forgotten.
Fast forward one-hundred-fifty years. Roused from his sleep Jose awakens to a world far different from anything he’s seen before. Packs of diseased men have caused females to take over. The world’s population dwindles with few males left alive and those who are remain untrusted. Most males are cast out before puberty, left to fend for themselves.
Jose’s way of life is gone and he doesn’t understand this new world or the logic behind it. With the help of a few cybertronic friends can he make a difference in this strange new world?
There are a lot of good qualities about this book and only one thing left me with a bad taste in my mouth. The ending…it’s not even a cliffhanger—it just stops. Literally I sat trying to turn the page on my e-reader about five times before I realized it’s the last page. Smh.
Prism Verdict: 8 out of 10 TRB Stars.
I give Future Prometheus eight out of ten TRB stars for ingenuity and enthralling me, despite the abrupt finale.
Let’s shed some Truthful Takes:
Future Prometheus is definitely an interesting story and an original twist of the iconic “future world” premise of most Sci-Fi books. It’s full of strong characters, rich prose and entertaining spins.
Let’s start off the with the premise of the story. Jose Melendez is a young man and soldier battling with Asperger’s Syndrome. It is a mental disorder which typically affects a person’s social emotional skills. It is on the Autism spectrum. Due to Jose’s genius in the scientific field he works with the military in many areas. At first we see him working with an experiment in cryogenic sleep.
Suddenly we are transported to a rather short time in the future when the an odd type of air born virus has infected mankind. There is a virus that is being spread that is causing testosterone to rapidly increase and men to become very aggressive. During this we find that Jose is unaffected. Why? Because of his Asperger’s.
One thing leads to another, war spreads, the world is heading towards a huge change. A change that will cause it to never be the same again.
Next we are thrown 150 years in the future. Jose had went into what was initially supposed to only be an 8 month cryogenic sleep, however things go awry and he sleeps for 150 years. He wakes up an man out of time.
He is surrounded by Artificial Persons (also known as Personal Assistants). The world has become untied, although also divided. Women now rule the world. What were once countries turn into Megastates. The former United States of America, is now called Nemerican. Male children as well as some female children are cast out when they turn a certain age. Everything is nothing like he remembers is.
In comes Mare Singh. She is a woman who is forced to give up her only child–a male son named Roberto when he was yet a baby. This is a situation that has haunted her, her child’s entire life. She wants nothing more than to be with her son and make things right, however she finds herself in the hard predicament of having to work for the government. As such she cannot go against their laws. Or can she?
Future Prometheus is two novellas that have been put together into one story. It is divided as such as well.
Following are my pros and cons:
There are very few Cons:
1. There were some typos/mistakes throughout the text. It wasn’t terribly bad, but they were there. I suggest the author go through it with a fine tooth comb to bring this already good story to its utmost.
Um…what was that?
2. Page 138-144, unattractive techno-babble inhibit that would have otherwise have been a perfect example of terrifically executed Sci-Fi.
3. The ending is a very disappointing cliff hanger, at pretty much a massive scale. Just when I was thinking “Oh heck yeah, this is going to get good.” It cuts off. I hate cliff hangers.
1. Jose Melendez is one of my favorite characters in Futuristic Sci-Fi reads to date. This is probably because of the fact that he has Aspergers. Being that I’m a Autism mother, this is near and dear to my heart. I felt as though the author executed his personality in such an amazing way bringing him to life perfectly. He was outstanding to me. It was great seeing a person with this disability learn how to become a father to robots nonetheless. Magnificent.
3. I also loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter that clued in to the subject matter of each chapter.
4. The level of research done in the book was obvious in the amount of details given–from quotes of old literature, to specifics in science and cryogenic sleep, as well as the technological bits. It was very impressive. The best Sci-Fi’s are written using scientific fact as the back bone. This book did that very well.
5. I just absolutely loved the AP’s! They were fabulous. It was tremendous seeing their growth from robots to humanoid, with “emotions” to boot.
There were many elements in this book that I truly enjoyed as I’m the first to tell you that I’m a Science Fact & Fiction nut! LOVE THE STUFF! And Future Prometheus did not let me down.
Be warned: there is a lot going on in this story. So you need to be able to keep track of the happenings. Although the author does do a great job in facilitating that for the reader as he does not bombard the reader with too much information all at once, but builds it up in good pacing.
Truthful Verdict: 9 out of 10 TRB Stars
That being said, this story is well worth a polishing up. However, as it stands I cannot fully give it the whole 10 stars. So I’ll have to give it 9.
Now let’s take the two totals and divide by 2~
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