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The Prospect of My Arrival by Dwight Okita
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Aug 19, 2011

it was amazing
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With a surefire premise and a crisp, cool writing style Dwight Okita's THE PROSPECT OF MY ARRIVAL makes for enthralling reading. Turning the "why bring a child into this world?" question on its head, Okita asks instead "why in the world would a child want to be born here?" Using new Cyber Savant technology, Prospect is a Pre-Born given the chance to get a glimpse of his future existence by venturing out into the world even while he remains an embryo in the womb. Of course, Prospect is only partially prepared to evaluate the evidence he is allowed to gather, and the quality of experience is defined by the motives and limitations of the people he meets, including scientist Trish Mesmer, corporate execs at Big Farm pharmaceuticals, and "Referrals" such as Prospect's own mother, the troubled teen Lito and the malevolent Trevor Grueling. The science fiction elements and the innocent voice of Prospect make this a book likely to appeal to anyone who enjoyed Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go." In an early scene, Prospect is told he lacks "the wisdom and maturity" to make such the momentous decision he is being challenged to make. But who does possess that wisdom and maturity? Should Prospect accept the advice he's offered or trust his own instincts? Okita's novel is a literary page-turner filled with provocative scientific and philosophical questions that build to a surprising but satisfying conclusion.
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