Far Out

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
Saffron's father has been grouchy since her mother died after they moved to the Seaweed Slum, but he is all Saffron has in the world, and she prays to Infinity the patrols won't catch him when he sneaks off on his secret missions. Dad was an astronautics engineer in his heyday and his obsession with space junk gives metal fatigue a whole new meaning. That stuff is a waste of space. More

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Words: 65,040
Language: British English
ISBN: 9781301228485
NaNoWriMo:
This book participated in the 2012 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Goal reached!
Stats, as of November 30, 2012:
57337 words completed (goal: 50000)
Average words/day: 1977

About Fiona Faith Ross

Fiona Faith Ross is an English teacher from a family of English teachers. She lives in South Devon within earshot of the Dartmouth Steam Railway. At school, they called her "The Swot" because they'd find her in the library reading the Oxford English Dictionary. Along with her interest in the written word, she's always liked science and techy stuff. As a reader, she'll go for science fiction and techno-thrillers and the big "Why are we here?" themes mostly, and lots of other genres too. Her interest as a writer focuses on the interaction between humans and technology, and the wonderful and scary things that could come out of it. Her first novel is entitled Far Out and it's science fiction for teens (and grown-ups). The illustration here is the first cover for Far Out.

Reviews

Review by: Joanna Gawn on April 12, 2013 :
A very strong 4 stars for FAR OUT!

It's easy to visualise the world the author has created, one which is split between the servers - with their servants - and those whose lot it is to dwell in the slums, barely making ends meet. Change seems inevitable.

Saffron, still a very young woman, has a sweet blend of strength and vulnerability. She'll need that strength, and she'll need courage and faith, too. Like all parents, Saffron's father might not always make the right choices, but he does his best for his daughter. Key characters Nate and Marianne are memorable, as is Hermione and her meat pies. I loved the references to Goonhilly, as I visited there a few years ago. I also liked the themes of natural medicine and the language of flowers: utilising the planet's generous resources in a good way.

FAR OUT addresses approaches to land use, balancing our needs with the Earth's; the need for community; the worrying uses of artificial intelligence; and where we, as human beings, should steer ourselves. What do we really want to create as our future?

Finally, it's clear the author loves writing and language. There are a few phrases I would like to have created myself!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ana Salote on Feb. 06, 2013 :
A pacey, entertaining read. The writer's skill in realising character and place make this a world you can easily slip into. I particularly enjoyed the contrast between Hermione and Marianne. I also loved the chapter headings and learned from them. There's food for thought on the environment, AI and consumerism; but it's all done with a light touch.
Amazing that this was accomplished in 2 weeks.
(review of free book)

Review by: Helen Baggott on Jan. 12, 2013 :
Saffron lives a hard life. She has none of the comforts that a 17 year-old in our world might take for granted. Second-hand clothes, the taste of a juicy pear, fresh water – these are the luxuries of the 22nd century.

But this isn’t a bleak tale – the author doesn’t fall into a trap of demanding pity from the reader.

As Saffron joins her father in the fight against the Servers, this novel develops into a subtly moralistic and hopeful story.

There’s delight in the common hedgerow, of connecting with the power and potency of natural remedies. Modern technology allows for a new level of communication, but Saffron’s a young girl that realises there are more important matters than communication via holograms.

I found the story complex and interesting; the author manages to engage the reader by weaving threads and ideas that are timeless – family, commitment, love and freedom. Those are key to any age.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Debbie Stewart on Nov. 06, 2012 :
I am really enjoying reading this book, it is brilliant.
(review of free book)

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