Review: Our Dried Voices by Greg Hickey

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Publisher: Scribe

Publishing Date: November 2014

ISBN: 9781940368931 

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.5/5

Publisher Description: In 2153, cancer was cured. In 2189, AIDS. And in 2235, the last members of the human race traveled to a far distant planet called Pearl to begin the next chapter of humanity. Several hundred years after their arrival, the remainder of humanity lives in a utopian colony in which every want is satisfied automatically, and there is no need for human labor, struggle or thought. But when the machines that regulate the colony begin to malfunction, the colonists are faced with a test for the first time in their existence. With the lives of the colonists at stake, it is left to a young man named Samuel to repair these breakdowns and save the colony. 

Review: This was a well written novel with really good characterization as Samuel slowly becomes aware of things and processes greater than what exists within the colony. Inhabitants only exist to eat, sleep and play and when troubles in the form of breakdowns begins to plague the colony, Samuel slowly begins to find himself through processing the malfunctions and creating solutions.

The plot was a hard one to get on board with. How is it that a creative and galactic spanning race finally finds a new haven and over time thought processes dwindle to those of cattle as all basic needs are provided for? I guess that’s the big question. Will a utopian state shift creativeness and cunning to a formalized structure of passivity. I don’t think so. As long as the mind and all its manifestations of identity and ego prevail, there will always be the impetus to have more whether taking, creating, finding or going to…..things. All of which are developed from ideas and a sense of self (ego).

Can’t really say too much more as it may give the novel away. Get this. It is superb writing and despite my shjtpicking of the premise, it really is a solid 4 stars.

 

 

 

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