Thursday, 28 May 2009
SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: The Accord - Keith Brooke
The Accord, a virtual utopia where the soul lives on after death and your perceptions are bound only by your imagination. This is the setting for a tale of love, murder and revenge that crosses the boundaries between the real world and this virtual reality. When Noah and Priscilla escape into the Accord to flee Priscilla’s murderous husband, he plots to destroy the whole Accord and them with it. In revenge they arrange to have him assassinated but their success comes at the price of giving him the keys to the virtual kingdom. How can they hope to escape their stalker when he can become anything or anyone he desires and where does the pursuit of revenge stop for immortals in an eternal world?
An absolute corker of a tale that really does get the reader to think and a tale that takes Sci-Fi into a slightly new direction. Brookes “The Accord” is in basis a modern digital retelling of Matheson’s “What Dream’s May Come” and whilst it contains a number of similarities, the author really does make this a tale of their own. Its quirky, it has wonderful characterisation and above all it’s a tale where love is the ultimate goal even if it is digitally and only an imprint of the human psyche. Definitely a tale to savour and whilst the past and the present collide within the context of the tale and the odd character feels a little bit 2 dimensional, it’s the strength of the principle protagonists beliefs as well as desires that will have you routing for the guy who should get the object of his desire.