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2147 by SDZ Whitaker
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200 years after aliens first made contact with the human race at Roswell, Benjamin Billington stares blankly at the giant lizard on the flickering screen. He was the official liaison between humanity and the Azranaal. Not that anyone knew it though sadly. He was part of the Company, the shadowy remnants of the CIA that had maintained this secret relationship for the last two centuries. His role consisted mostly of listening to this blow hard alien talk about his superior genetic structure and fantasising about his boss Elizabeth. Unbeknownst to him that was all going to change soon thanks to one man.
Dr. Edgar Drake was recognised as the foremost scientist in the world and had just made the breakthrough that humanity had been waiting for. An engine capable of light speed. Sadly for him though he worked with the smallest and least well funded faction on the planet. Together with the Prime Minister he was going to have to beg, steal and borrow the equipment needed to piece together a ship that would finally take them to the edge of their solar system and beyond. Sitting waiting were the Azranaal who had been growing impatient after two centuries to enact the final stage of their plans for humans.
Hello and welcome to The Review Board. Today Mr. Controversy and Mini Truth examine “2147” by Mr. SDZ Whitaker. First to give his thoughts is Mr. Controversy.
Life in the 22nd century is a rough one. It is filled with low expectations for the human race, peaceful aliens (or pretending to be peaceful with ulterior motives in mind), a section off Earth to where history is the only tether keeping once great nations relevant, and science on the brink of turning the tide for the human race.
This is what is examined in SDZ Whitaker’s 199-pager titled “2147”.
Benjamin Billington is an intermediary between the Azranaal aliens and the human higher-ups. It seems that his post as Deputy Chief of the Research and Development Department of the United Continent of America doesn’t impress the alien race at all, for he is seen as simply the messenger between these parties.
Unbeknownst to Benjamin as well as the remaining humans, Taleek of the Azranaal as well as his associates have a different plan in mind.
Dr. Edgar Drake, scientist extraordinaire, has finally put the finishing touches and has successfully completed an engine that is capable of light-speed. There is, however, one small problem: he doesn’t have a viable spaceship to test the engine in order to see its true potential. He, along with Prime Minister Chie Tsukino, must convince the other nations that a spaceship with all combined technology from their respective nations is necessary in order for this test flight to be a complete success.
In a futuristic world, there happens to be a lot going on here. Disagreeing factions of the world who need to put their personal issues aside in order to accomplish a greater good is the main focus here.
How is that to be accomplished, when so much animosity is being held? Not too many know how to execute this, yet this book needs to be read in order to find out.
Character wise, I can relate to Dr. Drake. He is a misunderstood, awkward genius who does what he can while keeping his head and eyes focused on the floor. He is antisocial, yet is present where it counts.
The description of the characters in this book is solid. Details of clothing, hair, body types, and mannerisms kept my interest in seeing what they say and do next.
Story wise, it has a rather decent pace where the page turning for me kept me interested in how everything would play out in this science fiction book.
With that being said…
There are many missed opportunities in the realm of editing. Punctuation marks are lacking to the point where the sentences and dialogue lose their meaning and potency, resulting in confusing mistranslations. A severe lack of commas in many areas causes a run-on effect in the sentence structure.
I’m not taking away from the story, for it has an interesting premise. It is unfortunate that the punctuation marks department has taken a hit from a book that has a great deal of potential to be a great read. If I have to mentally place punctuation marks as I read, a lot of TLC is needed.
Survey Says: 6 out of 10 stars
“2147” is a science fiction book that explores the idea of colonization of other planets, extraterrestrial life, and the possibility that humanity has lost humanity within itself. Care is needed to clean up and polish the story to where it is smooth in the realm of reading.
Thank you Mr. Controversy for you reflections of “2147”. Now, let’s take a look at Mini Truth’s takes. Mini, take it away.
I’m in a conundrum with this book. It could very well be that I am being too hard on the plot, or perhaps I’m spot on, but in all honesty I can’t say for sure. So, I’m just going to share the premise with you and then give my overall thoughts.
Over 100 years in the future humanity has made several advances in some areas, but terrible declines in others. The world is jam-packed with debris and trash that the earth can no longer sustain, so things are being sent to outer space. What used to be the USA, The UK, London, and many more area around the world, are now a new world order. Each one working hand in hand, attempting to rebuild what is left of the chaotic, dystopian world.
In comes Benjamin Billington, a mostly normal guy, except that he works as a liaison between earth and the Azranaal. The Azranaal are a high strung alien species that live a very long life and believe they are superior to mankind. They are far more advanced than humanity, but the circumstances of their planet and kind have taken the Azranaal to earth to deal with the piddly humans.
In the meantime, Dr. Edgar Drake has created a machine that can travel light speed, and the idea is to utilize it to expand the habitat of mankind and colonize Mars (or other planets).
It is at this point where things get complicated. I won’t say anymore.
Just … Damn!
I don’t think I’ll ever know which one bothers me the most; a book that is terrible from the beginning, or one that starts off great and then plummets. The latter is true for this book.
At the beginning I was highly entertained by it. The story seemed to be going at a steady pace, albeit entangled and at times abstruse. Yet, I had no REAL issue in following along. Although, my thought was that perhaps a “newbie” to science fiction might have a hard time.
SIDE NOTE: This book is most certainly “Hard Sci-Fi”.
Nevertheless, at times I even chuckled out loud. One line stays with me still. The one characters says to his personal assistant that she is being personal but not very assisting. That made me laugh out loud, as well as other quips like it. Yet, once I had gotten to the point where I thought to myself, “This book is about to get awesome.” it just doesn’t.
Almost immediately the book takes a completely different turn and submerges the reader in an all out political battle between a dozen different people.
More than half the book is rife with realpolitik. So much in fact, that it just gets ALL OUT BORING! To add to the grief, is the fact that there are far too many characters to keep track of. Too many presidents, too many astronauts, too many … period. It was exhausting trying to keep track of all the names and what roles they played in the overall scheme of things.
A Random-Not-So-Random Thought.
Alright … bear with me, you guys, as I try to explain this the best way I know how.
There were some instances in which “The United States of America” was spelled “The United STATED of America”.
This is my dilemma …
Being that this story takes place over a hundred years in the future, does the above mean that the USA went from being the United States to the United STATED and then the United Continent of America? Or was it in fact a typo?
I mean, honestly, how can one say for sure. Because plausibly, it could be either.
Contrary to what some might believe, for the most part—with the exception of what I just mentioned and perhaps a few other things—the grammar, punctuation were fine. There weren’t any real noticeably terrible mistakes, and if any existed they were so minimal that they did not take away from the flow of the read.
Truly Entertaining, or …?
The unfortunate truth is that the book started off great, and then tumbled to the point of no return. It just all out disinterested me.
If I could give an idea of what this story is like, I’d have to say that it’s every space science fiction movie you’ve ever seen, rolled up into one book, but not done very well.
My TRB Score is 5 out of 10 TRB stars. This is due to the things the author did right; grammar & punctuation, levity in some areas.
HOWEVER, this will translate into 3 stars on other platforms. The reason why is because I believe this book is more in the realm of a 2.5 stars, but this isn’t a score that other places allow you to use. I do think that 2 stars is also an unfair assessment. With that said, 3 is what it will be.
Well, with that being said, let’s take a look at the overall score.
It looks like “2147” gets a total of …
5.5 TRB Stars.
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