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Lost Helix Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B082XTSZLQ
- Publisher : Dancing Lemur Press (2 June 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 3478 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 264 pages
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These are the things or feelings I am left with after reading Lost Helix.
Lost Helix is a YA sci-fi novel that follows DJ, a guitar-toting, shy teen who lives in what essentially is a corporate-owned (dystopian) mining town, with rampant joblessness, orphans raised for the sole purpose of mining, and deaths as common as flies. Born by what he believes is artificial insemination (and thus he is without a mother) and unaware of his father’s sordid career, DJ is caught by complete surprise when one day he finds his father missing. He is even more confounded when the private security starts to tear up his apartment looking for something, and worse, when they start to come for him.
Thankfully his best friend, Paul, has been planning for this—leaving. And thus, the two boys flee the station, launching them on a journey filled with danger, rock’n’roll, action-packed chase scenes, space pirates (one of which wants to learn guitar), Paul getting shot, and planet hopping.
Overall, this was a fun read. I enjoyed the friendship between DJ and Paul. The two of them had that opposites-attract kind of friendship where DJ is the shy hacker and Paul is the Zeroball champion. They both respected each other, though, and there wasn’t too much angsty stuff going on (like as in DJ never tried to steal Paul’s girlfriend or anything). The plot at all times was clipping along at great speed and easily held my attention. The ideas such as the grow shoes, or the crazy hermits under the farms were unique and interesting. I liked how the hacking was used in this story as something almost kind of magical and how DJ embraced both his public guitar playing and his hacking skills (and, I suppose, his fists).
I wasn’t as captivated by the characterization. I felt like Paul was a bit of a human plot device at times as he was always rescuing DJ and doing everything for him. Maya, I felt, had not much of a personality other than as a spunky love interest girl. Besides those complaints, I had trouble picturing some of the imagery at times. (That might just be me, though.) I also thought that some of the revelations for DJ might have hit harder if we hadn’t already seen everything from Derek’s POV. There was additionally something a bit (not sure what the right word is) strange, maybe, about how the beginning was rather dark in tone with bullying and murder, but the ending and middle bit was so light in comparison that it almost felt a bit cheesy at times.
This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy it, I certainly did (as I read it quite quickly), but I think I might not be in the ideal target audience range for this novel anymore. I would recommend this book for those who are looking for a fun, family-friendly, thrilling sci-fi novel with unique ideas (none of the aforementioned murdering happened “on-screen,” and I don’t think there were any swear words). I wouldn’t recommend this for people who are looking for more adult sci-fi.
Lost Helix is a coming of age story set in a futuristic society. The cat and mouse games DJ and his friends have to play to avoid the bad guys and get answers, make it a fast-paced read. The characters are realistic with strengths and flaws. It's also nice to see a strong young female in the character of Maya.
Lost Helix is a fast-paced read recommended for YA and adult readers who enjoy fantasy, sci-fi, space odysseys, and coming of age stories.
What can inspire a peril-filled, heroic journey in a world where corporations own their employees and provide for all their needs, gravity can be turned on and off more or less at will, and travel from mining colony to planet and back again is as easy as hopping onto a plane (used to be)? Plenty, if you ask Scott Coon. The author pays homage to the standard tropes of both space opera and YA fiction. At the same time, he meticulously details the setting, paying attention not only the the characters' immediate surroundings, but the technology, the politics, the interconnected economics and ecosystems, even the evolving social relations of human expansion into space. In Lost Helix, oppression is no mere plot device to drive the story forward, and the strained dynamics between the corporate colonies and settled freeholds are built on solid logic.
The main challenge for every space opera writer is to craft a world radically different from any reality known to the reader, yet still believable and engaging, with humans doing things in recognizably human ways, having human aspirations and doubts, making human mistakes. In my opinion, it is a test that Scott Coon passes with flying colors.
I highly recommend it for adults and young adults.