Sunday, June 12, 2011

Alpha Redemption

Alpha Redemption, P.A. Baines, Splashdown Books, Speculative Fiction, 2010, 257 pages.

Synopsis: From despair he fled, through tragedy he lived on, and journeyed to innocence. His trajectory: the stars. His companion: a computer poised at the brink of sentience. An unlikely friendship on a prototype spaceship at lightspeed towards Alpha Centauri, and redemption.

My thoughts: Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But, hypothetically, if you judged this one by it’s brilliant art, than your judgment would be correct. This was a fantastic book! Both of the characters, Brett and Jay, were developed well through the progression of the book, especially Jay, the AI (artificial intelligence). Something I really liked about the storyline was that Baines didn’t leave us alone with Brett and Jay for the whole book, but also journeyed into Brett’s memories. This contributed to Brett’s character, our understanding of the mission, and the length of the story. The use of first person speech doesn’t have an excuse, but I’m not opposed to it. I rather enjoy it! The conclusion left me a little confused for a few minutes, but the biblical analogy dawned on me soon after. Great ending, and I look forward to the next volume!

Rating: 5 stars

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Upcoming reviews:
  • The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun and Paul Hattaway
  •  The Pursuit Of A King by Candace Little
  • Forsaken Kingdom: City Of Prophecy by Peter Dudek

1 comment:

  1. This definitely sound intriguing (especially now that you're giving it away) but as a science fiction lover, I'm always on the hunt for new SF books to get into.