Title: Epsilon A.R.
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: January 2012
About the Book:
Hundreds of years into the future mankind has gone under-ground to relocate to Epsilon; a beautiful city run by a strong, secretive government that keeps its citizens in check by subtle manipulation and strict schedules. No one questions the city’s authority and no one is unhappy. ALN-896, an average man who is just trying to live a normal life, begins to have dreams; something strange and rare in Epsilon. In his dreams a man named Harry dies. ALN-896 shrugs this off as if nothing has happened. It was only a dream. The next day, however, he is suddenly arrested and sent to prison for killing Harry. Now inside prison, ALN-896 begins to learn about what the government of Epsilon has been doing and he plans on escaping. Not only from prison, but from Epsilon. This one decision turns him against everything he has ever known and forces him to face against centuries of lies. To escape means to live, but what will it cost?
I fell in love with this story the further into it I got. ALN-896 (or Alan) is a compelling character who goes from believing everything the government tells him and living a life of pure “existence” to questioning everything he is experiencing, even is real and what is not. I couldn’t wait for the end of the book to see how the author tied all the loose pieces together.
My main problem with the book is with the ending. I felt like the author, as driver of the book, steered me straight into a brick wall at high speed. I was left smashed, dazed and confused. If you like a book that leaves you questioning, even at the end, exactly what happened, then you will love Epsilon A.R. For me, I wish I could get all the unanswered questions out of my head.
I give Epsilon A.R. three question marks.
About the Author:
Zackery Humphreys is 21 years old and is currently attending the University of California, Santa Barbara studying Theater Acting. He has been writing for about seven years, mostly concentrating on poetry and novels. He has a love for books and for storytelling. Now, through his writing, he is hoping to bring those two worlds together.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review through Charisma Media Network. All opinions are 100% my own.
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