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Containment Paperback – 10 May 2010
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- Language : English
- Paperback : 248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0984550518
- ISBN-13 : 978-0984550517
- Dimensions : 15.2 x 1.43 x 22.9 cm
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There seemed very little life to Arik or any of the other characters, perhaps because Arik himself lacks any apparent empathy and despite his meticulous planning and forethought to most aspects of his life, the ultimate chain of events he sets in motion are starkly different due to the absolute lack of forethought. I don't wish this to be a spoiler review so I'll say no more.
The plot itself progresses at a decent enough pace, with Cantrell cleverly jumping between different time periods to the reader interested and engaged. There is some sense of mystery and tension from the outset, and this is maintained until the plot becomes more hard hitting later on.
The book isn't perfect. Cantrell favours significant passages where he describes science and technology, and whilst this fits in well in the initial portions of the book, I felt it was over used towards the end, to the point where the pace of the final 10% or so of the book felt a bit laboured, albeit the ending itself was satisfying enough.
Overall though this is well worth a read for fans of the genre, and may even ensnare the odd newcomer. I was debating with myself whether to award this three or four stars, and I think ultimately I would have given it three and a half if I could. But the well constructed setting and largely engaging plot makes it worth rounding up for me, so four stars it is.
Containment is a very clever full length novel. Set the near/medium term future the story has as much an eco-thriller feel to it as it does pure science fiction.
The story is told in several interleaved sub-stories describing a very detailed and believable future-history of Earth, and the life of Arik, a young man of the first generation born at the Venus V1 colony both before and after recovering from a serious brain injury.
There is a lot of depth to this story and on the Kindle there are the most "Popular Highlights" of any Kindle book I have read so far. Of course you can turn off highlighting if you find these distracting. Personally I found that in this book at least, they really got me thinking.
Although the story is multi-threaded and covers some pretty complex subject matter, it really is very easy to read and I found myself speeding through the pages looking forward to the next little plot development or nugget of wisdom that the author had in store. Several twists and turns keep you guessing all the way through and the ending was particularly well done, being touching without being over-dramatic or clichéd.
Once again, as with the last Christian Cantrell book I read, formatting and presentation on the Kindle are absolutely first class.
Overall - An unusual and rewarding story that is worth nothing less than 5 stars.
I enjoyed the novel- as fairly 'hard' sci fi it works quite well. Be warned there is a lot of info dumping, but this serves the plot which is fairly ingenious for most of the book but does veer into a well worn area towards the end- difficult to explain more without revealing the plot itself. And actually, I found myself wishing there was a sequel. However, the characterisation is not good. We are given little to work with- even the main characters are fairly two dimensional and the minor characters are virtually indistinguishable.