Monday, 8 August 2011

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Final Days - Gary Gibson

Release Date: 05/08/11


But this new mode of transportation comes at a price and there are risks. Saul Dumont knows this better than anyone. He's still trying to cope with the loss of the wormhole link to the Galileo system, which has stranded him on Earth far from his wife and child for the past several years. Only weeks away from the link with Galileo finally being re-established, he stumbles across a conspiracy to suppress the discovery of a second, alien network of wormholes which lead billions of years in the future. A covert expedition is sent to what is named Site 17 to investigate, but when an accident occurs and one of the expedition, Mitchell Stone, disappears they realise that they are dealing with something far beyond their understanding. When a second expedition travels via the wormholes to Earth in the near future of 2245 they discover a devastated, lifeless solar system - all except for one man, Mitchell Stone, recovered from an experimental cryogenics facility in the ruins of a lunar city. Stone may be the only surviving witness to the coming destruction of the Earth. But why is he the only survivor - and once he's brought back to the present, is there any way he and Saul can prevent the destruction that's coming?


Gary is an author that is full of surprises. After all you never quite know what you’re going to get from one of his books, other than its something unique and completely different to a number of other titles out there. As usual it’s cleverly written, the characters wonderfully rounded and for me the overall arc is one that I couldn’t let go of from start to finish.

Add to this some great prose and an energy within that kept me going long into the night which left me sated by the tales end. Thought provoking, enticing and above all else a story that demonstrates the authors development through successive stories to become someone that is a sheer joy to read. Great stuff.

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