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on March 20, 2013 :
Ascension Point is my kind of reading. Four young leaders are gathered together and invited to go on a quest. Each leader represents a different faction of a future humanity: a Titan from a warrior group, a Senator from the Commonwealth, a Seryn with her abilities to read and influence the minds of others, and a Collective, whose rationality is informed by being part of a web of knowledge.
Each is a little different from their fellows in their home group. The warrior must learn compassion; the politician must learn loyalty, the Seryn must learn toughness and the Collective must learn how to sacrifice his individuality. None of their choices are as simple as I describe them: the pleasure of the novel is learning how each must grow in self-understanding and grow together as a group.
The climactic battle is a set-piece and beautifully handled.
Ascension Point is compelling, exciting, well-written and properly edited. It is good science fiction in every way.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 17, 2013 :
This is a story of humanity in the future who have evolved into different factions with different abilities and goals living in different parts of the galaxy. This story follows 4 individuals, Luc, a titan, Neela, a senator of the commonwealth, Ariadne, an outcast with mental abilities likened to that of witches and Abe, part of a group known as the collective which have evolved as part human part machine, think Star Trek Borg still with free will and not trying to take over the universe. Each characters society believes the others are evil and are something to be afraid of.
The book goes into each of these key characters back story and develops them very well. All four representatives are brought together in a very unique situation by a fifth character and quickly learn they must all work together to save the universe for mankind's survival. As quirky as that sounds, the story is really good. It drew me into the interactions and learning each cultures reprentative needed to do to work together. I won't say any more to give away the story line any further. Very good story, enjoyed it thoroughly.
(reviewed long after purchase)