Shinkei is the final instalment to Gilliam Rubinstein's acclaimed Space Demons trilogy. Now, Andrew and his friends are aged 16-17. We are introduced to new and intriguing characters, such as the mastermind behind the games - thoughtful genius Professor Ito, and his confident, intelligent daughter Midori. There is also the loyal and intense Toshi, Ito's colleague. The antagonists are truly chilling, in their extremism and hunt for power. The setting of the story has moved from Australia to Japan, and the setting change did not bother me at all.
Shinkei is the third of Ito's games, and has the power to make dreams come true in VR. Although the references to technology are dated (dial up modems!), the story is still timeless. It offers reflections on how technology (including games) can help or harm people, doing what's right over what is easy and how power can corrupt others. The characters are realistic, and the protagonists grow, learn and change. I especially loved how one former minor character's selfless act to save his brother was starkly contrasted with the antagonists' greed and corruption.
Shinkei is well plotted, and the action fast paced. It's witty, funny, sad, moving, thrilling and thought provoking. I loved Rubinstein's sensitive portrayals of characters from culturally diverse backgrounds, and different social classes. I especially loved how she portrayed close families, and strong friendships.
The summary/ epilogue of when the characters are older is satisfying and touching. An uplifting end to an intelligent trilogy.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2185 KB
- Print Length: 216 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ligature Pty Limited (26 November 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07KWSNSLL
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 1 customer rating
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #398,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)