4 out of 4 stars
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The Great Awakening by Arthur F. Seymour is a sequel to Earth Won by the same author. However, this book can be enjoyed without reading that one. Also, the author was generous enough to provide readers with a summary of Earth Won at the beginning of this book.
The Great Awakening is a sci-fi book about Seymour and his wife, Ruby. The couple and their kids work with other humans and robots as a unit to find the cure for a new virus threatening their world. The virus, DP20, causes infected people to be in a comatose state. Seymour and his team operate from a cave hidden from the outside world and must work secretly to find a cure for DP20. With the help of a mysterious white crow named Sally, Seymour and his team gain insights into achieving their aim. But it seems the virus is just one of the Creature's evil plans to bring the world to its knees. The Creature had tried before and failed. Will the Creature succeed this time? Only time will tell!
This 92-page book is different from all the sci-fi books I have read this year. I found the author's use of a participatory approach in it to be unusual for a sci-fi book. In the e-book version I got, some words are written in red, and they serve as links to the internet. I enjoyed this educative aspect of the book because, through the links, I was able to learn more about the words and understand the book better. For people who would be reading the paperback version, there is also a QR code that will send readers to sites on the internet.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book's characterization. Despite being a concise book, the author manages to make characters in the book relatable. His descriptions made even the robots appear life-like and also helped me to form vivid images in my mind. While most readers would love Seymour's character, my favorite is Ruby. I enjoyed how she supported and ensured the safety of her husband.
What I enjoyed the most about the book is its message. The author's lesson on the negative impact of using violence to fight violence is thought-provoking. Though Mr. Seymour's stance is arguable, I agree that the use of brutal force hasn't solved any of the world's problems. Love is the answer! More so, I must commend the author for his message on the need for us to see the preservation of our world as a collective responsibility. Bravo, Mr. Seymour!
Readers who enjoy poetry will love this book. My favorite poem in the book is "Almighty Man." It is about making the right decisions and being aware of the needs of other people. I hope you now understand why I said the book is a different kind of sci-fi book. However, some pictures in the book seemed childish to me. Perhaps the author had young adults in mind as his audience. The pictures didn't detract from my reading experience, but I didn't enjoy them either.
To conclude, I am awarding The Great Awakening 4 out of 4 stars. The issue I mentioned above was easy to forgive, considering I had an overall fascinating reading experience. The book is professionally edited and has a few typos. It is also devoid of profanities. I am recommending the book to both teenagers and adults who love sci-fi books.
The Great Awakening
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