So this is the second book my brother wrote and has asked me to read. This is only like the second edition but already it was very cleaned up and a ve...moreSo this is the second book my brother wrote and has asked me to read. This is only like the second edition but already it was very cleaned up and a very entertaining read.
The story takes place somewhere in the distant future. It has a very Mad Max gone even worse feeling to it. A man walking through the desert looking for something called the "destroyer." He hopes that this device will be able to save man kind. Along the way he finds a female that has lost her child to the "children;" a zombie like group of beings that live in the oasis's, that are scattered around the desert, and can only come out at night.
As this pair of survivors go north they find the oasis that the child was taken at and are able to rescue it only to lose it again when they stumble upon an old bunker, where a group of survivalists have been hiding for several generations. This group of people decide that the child must be protected from its own cannibalistic mother and tests must be preformed to see how the child has survived so long. The mother and the character are then thrown out of the bunker and told to come back in several months so that they maybe be allowed to get the child back.
At this point the main character drags the female away to the bunker and tries to continue north looking for his "destroyer." The distraught mother ends up leaving the main character to try and find a way back into the bunker. But he hardly notices as he becomes more and more obsessed with his journey. He eventually makes it far enough north where it is cold and snowy. There a tribe of people take him in and take care of him. He learns that they possess the destroyer and that he is to become a sacrifice to it. He escapes in a blizzard and near death has a vision that he must return to the camp. When he does everyone is dead, killed by a roaming group of "children." The he finds out the the destroyer is only a Kiss album, and turns back to try and find the bunker and female again.
It was a very good story, and I hope that he continues refining it and can get it out there to the world. I look forward to reading his next creation. (less)
The book is just like every other book Herbert and Anderson have written. They have the formula down and are just pumping out books because they know...moreThe book is just like every other book Herbert and Anderson have written. They have the formula down and are just pumping out books because they know people love the original Dune books not to buy it. That said it's not a bad book. It's well written for the most part and the stories are interesting. My biggest problem with it is that the chapters are so short that they don't seem to have any meat to them. Many of the chapters are only four or five pages long. Sadly I know I am going to buy the next one when it arrives in the book stores. (less)
This book was fantastic. What would happen if the human population became immortal in the near future? I think this book got it pretty close. Populati...moreThis book was fantastic. What would happen if the human population became immortal in the near future? I think this book got it pretty close. Populations exploding, governments cracking down in strange and horrible ways, anarchy and terrorism between different sects of belief. The book was very generous in how the environment would be affected, with only mass extinction of the wild animals and mild global warming/drought. The fact that human ingenuity was stuck on Earth instead of trying to expand into space was not lost on me either. But, short of that Magary seems to have nailed it on the head. Having the book written in a blog style was pretty good. It helped the story to flow between some of the larger gaps in time. Overall this was a great story. Very well written and great well thought out characters. It was a new look at a post-apocalyptic world. I think most people will enjoy this story at some level or another.(less)