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Preview — Other Systems by Elizabeth Guizzetti
On the over-crowded Earth, many see opportunity in Kipos's need. After medical, intelligence, and physiological testing, Abby and her younger siblings, Jin and Orchid, are offered transportation. Along with 750 ...more
I have to admit, some of it went right over my head, but Sci-Fi fans and Geeks should be right in ...more
I love science fiction and I have watched many movies with aliens and space travel and read several books covering the same (although not as many books as I would like). I never really wanted to go off and become an astronaut, but I have been fascinated with stars and wondering about other planets and solar systems and if there really are little green men out there somewhere. So, I was really excited to get this book and have a chance to ...more
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I reviewed an ebook copy of “Other Systems” provided to me by the author, Elizabeth Guizzetti, on July 30 2012, in exchange for my fair and impartial review.
As a child and adolescent, science fiction was one of my favoured genres. Then in adulthood, for some reason I diverged and only read it occasionally (in my 30’s I devoured Star Trek novels-go figure). But on the rare occasions lately when I do pick up a sci fi story, I re ...more
Warning! This book pulls you in with the very first paragraph and does not let go.
The premise of this book is truly exciting, I took one look at it was immediately hooked! I haven’t read a lot of science-fiction novels before, but it’s a genre that continues to intrigue me. I was excited to dive straight into Abby’s story, which is why I was a little confused to be reading about someone named Cole, and his children. Although Cole’s story was fascinating, I did not really like ...more
Science fiction is both one of the most difficult and one of the most maligned genres in which an au ...more
Don’t let a three star rating fool you, I enjoyed this book a lot. The story was good, the characters were solid, the structuring was all good. Unfortunately, the book had some issues that I couldn’t quite get past and this effected the overall rating that I gave it. So let’s go through this point by point.
When I look back on the synopsis of this book in hindsight, it confuses me a lit ...more
Abigail Boyd Lei lives in Seattle, Washington in the thirty-first century. Life on Earth, at least in North America, during this time period is harsh and unforgiving. Abi's family—her parents, her grandmother, her three siblings, and herself—live together in an apartment where they must share a lavatory with the rest of their floor.
Despite growing up in poverty, Abi has done well for herself. She has a job at the S ...more
tl;dr - |✭✭✭✭✩| Overall, I kind of loved this book. Not to say that it was perfect, or didnt have moments where I was frustrated with the characters. But I found myself wishing there was more when I finished the story.
Description (from Goodreads) Without an influx of human DNA, the utopian colony on Kipos has eleven generations before it reaches failure. Earth is over ninety light years away. Time is short. On the over-crowded Earth, many see opportunity in Kipos's need. After medical, intellige...more
The difference between a good book and a mediocre or awful book is the amount of time that seems to be involved. A great book will fly by until you find yourself at the last page not wanting to read the last paragraph because it will be over. Last week I read one that I had to struggle to finish. Fortunately, a good book much like a cold beer on a hot summer day will find you ...more
I had a hard time with this novel I’m not going to lie. I was a science nerd and I know about all the planets and the physics of everything. I still had a hard time, I found the language in the beginning to be a ...more
I’m on the fence with sci-fi books because sometimes they’re not fully thought out.
I’m a very picky reader.
It’s very difficult for me to turn off my “scholar” brain when reading a book.
Now, with that out of the way, all I can say is that Other Systems is something I would highly recommend to everyone. The general problem I have with science fiction and futuristic books is that you have to come up with a universe that makes sense within your story and s ...more
I never realized until recently that I’m not a big fan of science fiction. I always assumed that I liked both scifi and fantasy (seeing as how they are usually clumped together), but I realized that I hadn’t read very many scifi books. So, I was afraid that I wouldn’t like this book but I took the chance anyway since it sounded very interesting. It also came with high recommendations from my two best friends.
The writing is very well d ...more
While Abby and her family were sleeping and traveling through space to Kipos, the people of this planet decided to make a few changes in the ...more
Other Systems is the story of Abby, a young girl living in a future Earth trying to live according to what is expected. Things change when descendants from people that was sent out in space returns with the promise of a better world full of opportunities.
What would you do if someone offers you ...more
The first half of the book is very slow, and I struggled to follow along with what appeared to be two separate narratives and two separate sets of characters (Abby and Cole) who interact only twice during the course of the book. Contributing to the confusion are the disparate timelines and aging timelines. In th ...more
Wow! This book is really intense, I was expecting a YA book with a light fluffy story about space. Boy was I wrong! This book deals with topics such as rape, and homosexuality, there is also a lot of cussing in this book. I would not recommend it for a younger reader, or a reader who has not reading mature books.
Abby is timid and scared and I got easily frustrated with her, but then I realized that after such a traumatizing experience ...more
In the year 3062 Earth isn't so livable. Perhaps these foreign beings can help. They offer to transport health humans to their planet. Abby Boyd Lei, her brother, sister and a friend pass the health tests and are taken t ...more
I really enjoy hard science sci-fi. This one does not get bogged down in the small details, but does adhere fairly well and in a readable manner with the physics of space travel as we currently understand it. It glosses over sub-light space travel, because it is not pertained to the story line. (There was one small chapter date reference early in the story that was inconsistent. Not important, except early in the story, I was still trying to determine if the tale fo ...more
This has the scope of a typical Arthur C Clarke novel but unfortunately there are two or even three tales here to tell and I would have preferred it if, for example, the whole story had concentrated on Abby’s perspective.
Nevertheless readers are treated to a wide range of emotions and, towards the end, travels to other worlds. Persevere though, when you start reading - - although the start is slow, it is worth t ...more
This was a stunning debut novel from Elizabeth Guizzetti, Other System’s is wonderfully imagined and written. This is an easy Science Fiction novel to get into if you’re looking to wet your feet in the adult genre, nothing will be over your head and too hard to imagine. All the world building, and space travel are easy to understand, nothing is too technical or advanced to the point of being frustrating to read or hard to understand.
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